What are the benefits of aluminium recycling?
Tuesday, 3 October 2017
Undeniably the most significant benefit of recycling aluminium is that it can be recycled an infinite number of times, making it the ideal material for meeting the needs of both demanding industries and those wishing to preserve the wider environment.
As well as being infinitely recyclable, aluminium is wholly recyclable too, with the whole metal able to be melted down and reformed repeatedly without losing any of its material qualities. In fact, since the initial production of aluminium in the late 19th century, it’s alleged that around three quarters of all material produced then is still in use today!
Did you know that aluminium recycling is also incredibly energy efficient? Recycling just a single tonne of aluminium actually saves up to nine tonnes of CO2 emissions that would otherwise be released into the wider environment. Additionally, recycling aluminium utilises considerably less energy than that required to manufacture primary aluminium. In fact, recycling existing aluminium uses only 5% of the energy it takes to produce primary aluminium. Rather shockingly, that’s the greenhouse gas equivalent of removing almost one million vehicles off the road for an entire year!
By recycling more aluminium, we can also help avoid the need to mine new Bauxite ore which is utilised in the production of new aluminium.
In the UK alone, eight billion aluminium cans are sold every year containing beverages such as fizzy drinks and fruit juices as well as food cupboard items. If you consider that all eight billion of these cans could be recycled again and again, you can quickly acknowledge just how much energy and raw materials can be saved in the process.
It is said that the entire aluminium recycling process for a beverage can, from being recycled to being ready for re-sale in shops and supermarkets, takes just two months. That means throughout a single year, each aluminium beverage can could be recycled seven or eight times, saving enough energy to manufacture 160 new aluminium cans.
Better still, the impressive structural integrity of aluminium – regardless of how many times it is recycled – means it is a highly suitable material for high-end applications. For example, it’s possible to recycle aluminium previously used as an aesthetically pleasing façade on a building for use in a vehicle engine with absolutely no decline in the material’s quality.
At ASM Metal Recycling, we now recycle thousands of tonnes of aluminium, helping to limit the amount of CO2 entering our atmosphere. At our recycling centres, we offer aluminium scrap prices to all customers wishing to get rid of their aluminium for other uses and earn some money in the process!
We always offer our customers the most up-to-date prices for aluminium, so when you give our experienced and friendly team a call you can be sure you’re getting the best possible price for your scrap metals.
Whether you’re a metal merchant, tradesmen or homeowner, do your bit and make a positive impact on the wider environment by recycling your aluminium with ASM Metal Recycling today, call us now on 01296 33 77 11 to see how much you could earn from recycling your used aluminium.