Recycling Aluminum/Tin

All aluminum and tin collected by Upper Arkansas Recycling is brought to a process center in Cañon City. The aluminum and tin then undergoes a hand sort. All tin is removed from the aluminum and placed in a holding area. The aluminum is then baled into bales that weigh approximately 400-500 pounds each. The tin, which is actually steel with a light tin overlay, is baled separately into bales that weigh approximately 1,200 pounds each. The bales are then shipped to a processing plant where new aluminum cans will be made from the aluminum. A recycled aluminum can can be processed and back on the grocery store shelf as a new can in as little as 60 days! The tin can be processed into many different things! Steel-(tin) cans that you purchase in the grocery store contain approximately 25% recycled steel!

Aluminum Recycling Facts:

  • There are 29 cans per pound of aluminum, up from 22 in 1972% of all soft drink cans are made of aluminum.
  • 99% of all beer cans and 97% of all soft drink cans are made of aluminum
  • The average aluminum can in the U.S. contains 40% post-consumer recycled aluminum
  • It requires only 5% as much energy when a can is made of recycled aluminum as compared to virgin ore!
  • American consumers and industry throw away enough aluminum to rebuild the entire U.S. commercial air fleet every 3 months.
  • In 1994, 3.1 million tons of aluminum waste was generated: aluminum containers and packaging, such as soft drink and beer cans, contributed 2.1 million tons
  • Aluminum made up 1.5% of the total municipal solid waste stream generated in the U.S. in 1994.
  • Approximately 65.5% of aluminum containers were recycled in the U.S. in 1994. The overall rate for aluminum packaging was 55.0%.
  • Most aluminum recovered from the waste stream is used to manufacture new cans
  • The lifespan of an aluminum can is 6 weeks on average: that means that the time it takes for a beverage can to be manufactured, filled, sold, recycled and remanufactured is 6 weeks on average