Sustainability Tip... Recycling Aluminum
Did you know that aluminum is the most valuable material in the recycling bin? Americans throw away nearly one billion dollars worth of aluminum cans every year.
Aluminum comes in many forms that can be recycled in your curbside bin. Examples are: beverage cans, aluminum foil, aluminum baking trays and pie pans.
Nearly 75% of all aluminum produced in the U.S. is still in use today. Aluminum can be recycled directly back into itself over and over again.
Recycling aluminum saves more than 90% of the energy required versus producing new metal. Below are tips to recycling your aluminum in your house:
TIP #1: Collect your small pieces of aluminum foil and then crumple it up into a ball about the size of a tennis ball. The small pieces won't get caught up in the recycling gears and create problems.
TIP #2: Wipe down your aluminum pans and foil to get most of the food waste off of them. If you have a heavily soiled pan (like a turkey roasting pan) that won't easily clean, it is probably best to throw that one in the trash.
TIP #3: Give your cans a quick rinse before putting them in the bin.
Remember to recycle Aluminum!!
Information provided by Kathy Corbin, member of the Leawood Sustainability Advisory Board