Cans – Facts and benefits


In the 19th century, aluminium was worth more than gold and silver due to the difficulty attributed to its extraction from bauxite

60 days

Aluminium cans can be recycled and reused within 60 days


60 years ago, aluminium beverage cans weighed more than 80 g. Today, a 330 ml can weighs approximately 13 g

Aluminium does not occur in its metallic form on earth. It is made from bauxite ore using electrolysis

80-200 years

Aluminium cans take 80-200 years to decompose

3 hours

By recycling one aluminium can, enough energy is saved to power a TV for 3 hours


Recycling aluminium saves 90-95% of the energy needed to make aluminium from bauxite ore

Steel and Aluminium Recycling Process

Steel and aluminium cans are collected and transported to the recycling facility

The recycling facility separates the steel cans from the aluminium cans using a magnet. Steel cans are magnetic and aluminium cans are not

The steel and aluminium cans are compacted separately using a bailing press

Steel and aluminium blocks are broken down to allow for processing

Steel and aluminium fragments are loaded into a heater and heated to produce molten metal

Purification of the metals occurs to remove any impurities

Molten steel is poured into moulds and molten aluminium is rolled into flat sheets. Both are then left to cool and solidify

Final products are transported to factories where new aluminium and steel products are manufactured