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FACTS ABOUT GLASS, STEEL & ALUMINUM
Glass Recycling
  • Glass containers are 100% recyclables and recovered glass is used as the majority ingredient in new glass containers.
  • One recycled glass container saves enough energy to light a 100 watt bulb for 4 hours.
  • Every ton of glass that is recycled results in one tone of raw materials saved to process new glass - including 1,300 pounds of sand, 410 pounds of soda ash and 380 pounds of limestone.
Steel Recycling
  • Americans use 100 million steel cans every day.
  • Recycling steel saves 75% of the energy that would be used to create steel from raw materials, enough to power 18 million homes.
  • A ton of recycled steel saves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone.
Aluminum Recycling
  • Discovered in the 1820's, aluminum is the most abundant metal on earth.
  • A used aluminum can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf as a new can, in as little as 60 days.
  • Make new aluminum cans from used cans takes 95% less energy and 20 recycled cans can be made with the energy needed to produce one can using virgin ore.
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