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Many Americans recycle glass, plastic and cardboard, but a lot of aluminum gets carelessly thrown away. So much of this lightweight metal is discarded that the U.S. commercial airline industry could replace its entire fleet every three months, according to a publication by the University of Colorado.
Making new cans out of old ones saves a lot of energy. According to the Windstar Institute, a manufacturing company could make 20 recycled aluminum cans by using the same amount of energy necessary to make one new aluminum can from bauxite ore. The Reynolds Metal Co. adds that recycling just one can saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours.
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