Recycling Aluminum Cans in Saint Louis

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Many of our favorite beverages are found in aluminum cans. Coors started using 7 ounce all aluminum cans in 1959, and the aluminum can has been holding a special place in the hearts (and hands) of Americans ever since. From the start, there has been a steady growth in sodas, energy drinks, sparkling waters and beers. Aluminum cans are the most sustainable beverage package and are infinitely recyclable. They chill quickly, provide a superior metal canvas to print on and, perhaps most importantly, protect the flavor and integrity of our favorite beverages.

Facts about Aluminum Cans from The Aluminum Association

The most sustainable beverage container:
As the most valuable package in the bin, aluminum cans are, by far, the most recycled beverage container. The average can contains 70 percent recycled metal.

Shipping efficiency: the weight advantage:
Aluminum cans are lightweight and easily stacked. This provides storage and shipping efficiencies and limits overall transportation carbon emissions through logistics and supply chains.

Recycling at record speeds:
On average, a recycled aluminum can becomes a new can in less than 60 days. Beverage containers can be infinitely recycled in a continuous closed loop.

New markets continue to develop:
Nearly 500 craft beer brewers use aluminum to can more than 1,700 different beers. Protection from light and oxygen are two key benefits in addition to the unparalleled sustainability of aluminum packaging.

Food and merchandise canning

Aluminum cans provide long-term food quality preservation benefits and have an unparalled safety record in canning.

  • They deliver 100 percent protection against oxygen, light, moisture and other contaminants.
  • They do not rust, are resistant to corrosion and provide one of the longest shelf lives of any type of packaging.
  • They are tamper-resistant, providing consumers with peace of mind.

A wide variety of products are packaged in aluminum cans in addition to food and beverages, including: aerosol products, paint and thousands of other items in the consumer products market.

Beverage can technology continues to improve

In the past half-century, aluminum beverage cans have lighten approximately 3 ounces to less than half an ounce per unit. They are easily formed, resist corrosion and don’t rust. Aluminum cans easily support the carbonation pressure required to package soda and withstand pressures of up to 90 pounds per square inch. Believe it or not, four six packs can support a 2-ton vehicle. Aluminum cans can be made in a variety of sizes, including smaller 8.2 ounce cans like we find energy drinks in and even micro-kegs from brewers like Heineken.

Why are aluminum cans so perfect for beverages? The liquid is not affected by light or exposed to oxygen, which can negatively impact taste. Cans are also portable and infinitely recyclable—they can go where glass can’t.

Recycling Aluminum Cans

An aluminum can becomes a new can in less than 60 days when it is recycled. When you recycle a can, it can be back on the shelf in as little as 60 days in a continuous recycling loop. Every minute,113,000 aluminum cans are recycled. The high value of aluminum means that can recycling programs have enabled charitable organizations to earn funds and support projects for decades.

Have a bunch of cans lying around? Consider recycling them. Scrap Mart’s new drive-thru and drop off metal recycling center makes it easier than ever to bring in the scrap metal recyclables from your home, business or organization. We offer top dollar payouts for all of your aluminum cans. Since 2011 we have provided superior service to our customers.