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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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