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How Much Does Metal Matter? 25

Metal is responsible for so much of how we live, work, and play, but are we being responsible about how we use it?

Updated On 06/29/2017 | Originally Published On 05/20/2015

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Weighing in at more than 23 million tons, disposed metals made up 9% of the total municipal waste stream in the US
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Metal cans are used for packaging food and other items mainly because their shininess stands out on the shelves.
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Mining for new materials can be more energy efficient than sending used metal through the recycling process.
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There’s big economic opportunity in metal recycling. In fact, the aluminum industry pays out more than $800 million a year for recycled cans.
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  • Irine N. 9 days ago
    It would be awesome if we all recycle as much as possible.
  • Deb F. 11 days ago
    We all need to do our part by recycling! Talk to everyone you know about doing as much as they possibly can. We don't want future generations to inherit our "trash"!
  • Sarah O. 12 days ago
    It'll be awesome when we could get 100% of materials being recycled.
  • the g. 13 days ago
    education and awareness is the key if you want more people to recycle.
  • Ken M. 13 days ago
    I have been in the recycling industry for over 28 years and we can still do so much more. The recycling rates in the United States are still very low and even if everbody recycled just their aluminum cans it could save millions of dollars a year. Our environment needs our help and think about the world you want to leave your children.
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