Why Recycle Aluminum and Tin/Steel Cans

Why Recycle Aluminum Cans?

Aluminum and tin recycling provides many environmental, economic and community benefits.  It saves energy, time, money and natural resources; and often it generates jobs and helps to pay for community services that make life better for millions of people.

Recycling aluminum cans not only saves energy, but it also avoids the mining of new Bauxite ore used for aluminum production. Every year, recycling aluminum cans avoids nearly 5 percent of the world’s total mining of Bauxite – and that’s just from recycling aluminum cans.

There is no limit to how many times aluminum can be recycled. That’s why recycling aluminum is such a boon for the environment. Aluminum is considered a sustainable metal, which means it can be recycled again and again with no loss of material.

Aluminum cans are 100% recyclable, making them the most recyclable and valuable of all materials commonly recycled at home. The aluminum can you toss into your recycling bin today will be completely recycled and back on the store shelf in just 60 days.

Why Recycled Steel/Tin Cans?

Steel is the most recycled material on Earth.  Around 65% of steel/tin cans are recycled, compared to only about 50% of aluminum cans.  The amount of energy saved using recycled steel compared to virgin ore is up to 56%. Recycling steel also means saving landfill space.  Like aluminum, steel can be recycled over and over again without losing its strength; this means recycled steel has a wide range of reuse from construction to household appliances.

 

The South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA) is the City of Las Cruces and Doña Ana County agency responsible for managing your garbage and recyclables. We manage: •Corralitos Landfill •Amador Avenue Transfer Station •The Recycling Center (Amador Ave.) •Almost 40 Las Cruces Public Schools recycling drop-off sites •8 County sites that accept solid waste (garbage) and recyclables •Provide solid waste service for the City of Sunland Park •Provide solid waste and recycling services for Truth or Consequences The SCSWA provides solid waste management services to south central New Mexico (Las Cruces and Doña County) that include: •Collection, transport, and disposal of waste •Recycling collection services •Waste reduction and recycling education •Cleanup of illegal dump sites © 2019

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