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The Importance of Aluminium Can Recycling

As they are one of the most widely used forms of packaging, the recycling of aluminium cans is incredibly important. When you consider the resources required to refine new aluminium, the time it takes for aluminium cans to decompose (which is around 500 years), and the cost of new aluminium products, recycling the metal makes a lot of sense.

Here at Craddock Metal Recycling, we are experts in the field of metal recycling having worked in the industry for over 75 years. We detail the importance of aluminium can recycling in our latest blog post below.


As aforementioned, recycling aluminium cans can help make a lot of reductions that are positive for the environment and economy both.

Carbon Emissions

Firstly, carbon emissions can be reduced by up to 90% by recycling aluminium cans instead of using freshly refined metal. This equates to the production of two cans from newly refined aluminium or 60 cans from recycled aluminium producing the same amount of carbon dioxide.

Energy Used

The refinement process of aluminium from bauxite has not changed much from Charles Martin Hall’s 1886 process. This method requires the use of a large amount of energy, but this can be reduced by 95% through aluminium can recycling.


The amount of landfill can also be reduced by recycling aluminium cans as these products made up approximately 1.4% of the waste stream in the US in 2009.


Mining bauxite, which is the rock that the vast majority of aluminium is refined from, requires a process called ‘stripping’ which permanently damages the vegetation of the area. This means reducing the amount of bauxite required for production will reduce environmental impact further.


Finally, aluminium can recycling is much more cost effective than producing new metal. All of the above, from energy to mining, mean production of new aluminium is expensive. On the other hand, recycling aluminium is a relatively simple process and can be carried out many times.

The Right Choice

In essence, it makes a whole lot more sense to recycle aluminium than to rely on the production of new material. The benefits of this process vast and important as we shift toward a society that is more conscious of their impact and considerate of the benefits of recycling of everything that is accepted.

Craddock Metal Recycling

If you’re looking for somewhere to recycling your metals, please reach out to us here at Craddock Metal Recycling. We accept a wide range of materials, including aluminium cans.

Call us on 01527 66866 or fill out our simple contact form to find out more.