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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
Metal cans are used for packaging food and other items mainly because their shininess stands out on the shelves.
Mining for new materials can be more energy efficient than sending used metal through the recycling process.
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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More than 100,000 aluminum cans are recycled each minute in the US. That’s a lot of metal, but considering how much metal is actually being produced each year, we can bring this number up even more! Learn more about the effects of mining, producing, and recycling common metals. Take the quiz!

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  • Patty A. 7 days ago
    We grew up recycling so it is very important to me
  • Mary L. 17 days ago
    This site is informative.
  • ANDREA C. 17 days ago
    I like recycling too
  • Kathryn C. 1 month ago
    I think every item should be recycled, regardless of state laws. Do we want to be good stewards of our planet or not. Why do we need to make it a law. Every manufacturer should recycle the products they produce!
  • Elke G. 1 month ago
    I grew up in Germany and moved to the USA in 1998. Germany has mandatory recycling, even items that can be composted are recycled! I am really surprised that a lot of people here don't recycle and that some items (paint, batteries, light bulbs, medication etc.) are really difficult to recycle (either recycling of those items is non-existent or it's very difficult and time consuming to seek out places which take those items). I would like to see recycling containers placed around malls, grocery stores, shopping centers, etc., so people can just drop their recycling off in one location.
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