ALUMINUM

ALUMINUM

Aluminum is a metal with multiple uses: it’s light, durable, versatile, and especially very easily recyclable. Actually, it has so many advantages that several large computer manufacturers have decided to use it exclusively in their products. Did you think that their fantastic design is just a brilliant marketing move? Yes, but this isn’t the main reason; actually, the major objective of these companies is to use a material that can be recycled easily and efficiently, to become „green” companies.
 
How is it recycled?
 
Aluminum cans are found everywhere, just like PET bottles, but this is where similarities stop. Unlike plastics, aluminum can be infinitely recycled with no degradation. The process is simple: cans are sorted, then washed to get rid of contaminants, and then they are melted into ingots. These are much larger than gold bullions; an aluminum ingot weighs the equivalent of about 1.6 million beverage cans! The ingots are then formed into sheets that are then extruded into new cans. The whole process cycle is quite fast; a beer can dropped at a recycling center is recycled and comes back on the shelf in just under two months!
 
What are the advantages of recycling?
 
Recycling aluminum consumes only 5%-8% of the energy need to extract the same amount of material from ore – a complicated, relatively costly process that swallows huge amounts of electricity. To give you a sense of what is happening, the biggest aluminum producers usually locate their production facilities in countries where electricity is mainly generated from hydro power plants, like Brazil, otherwise the production costs would be too large.
 
Aluminum is also one of the few materials for which recycling costs are fully covered by the selling price of the recycled material – like steel and copper. In other words, it is worth recycling from all points of view – it is easy to transport, environmentally friendly (if recycled), infinitely reusable, and looks sensational as a computer or phone case.
 
What can I recycle?
 
Any kind of aluminum can; you don’t have to clean them before. Also, it doesn’t matter if they are squashed, perforated, etc. 
 
Will I receive a bonus?
 
Yes! For every can collected, the SIGUREC machines will give you a 3 bani shopping voucher!
 
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