Normally when people think about recycling metals, they think about soda cans and soups cans that can be placed in their curbside recycling bin. But other metal items can be recycled as well at other recycling vendors.
Old ovens, wire fencing, scrap cars, aluminum pie tins, and metal siding are all items that can be recycled.
Aluminum foil is recyclable! The catch is that it has to be clean and free of food particles, including grease. So if you are baking bacon on a foil lined pan, that greasy foil will need to be tossed in the garbage.
Fun Facts About Metal Recyling
Aluminum is the most recyclable of all materials. Discarded aluminum is more valuable than any other item in the recycling bin.
Americans throw away more than $700 million worth of aluminum cans every year. (So that a lot of opportunity to increase recycling!)
Nearly 75 percent of all aluminum produced in the U.S. is still in use today.
Recycling aluminum saves more than 90 percent of the energy required versus producing new metal.
Recycling one ton of steel scrap saves more than 80% of the CO2 emissions produced when making steel from Iron ore.
A recycled Aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television for three hours.
Every year the United States saves enough energy, by recycling steel, to supply Los Angeles with nearly a decade’s worth of electricity.
American throw away (dispose, not recycle) enough aluminum every month to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet.
The 36 billion Aluminum cans land-filled last year had a scrap value of 600 million dollars.