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How is aluminum recycled?

Sorting Used Aluminium Cans


  • Old aluminium is collected from the recycling bins. Used cans are sorted and consolidated, then crushed for easy transportation to a recycling centre.

  • Old aluminium is then melted down to remove all contamination and convert the old aluminium into new products.

  • Old aluminium cans are then made into new products, such as new cans. Recycling aluminium saves a lot of energy than recycling other materials, like paper. Excessive energy is used to dig up or mine bauxite (aluminium ore) and process it into aluminium. It's simpler to just melt down used cans.


Crushed Aluminium Cans


References
  1. Malaysia Ministry of Housing and Local Government



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Last Reviewed :   January 4, 2017
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