Aluminium is one of the most widley used materials in the modern world, it's used for aircraft parts, cooking utensils, car parts and even in the catering industry for food packeging



European Aluminium Recycling rates.
Total for Europe 45%
Austria 50%
Benelux 80%
Finland 84%
France 29%
Germany 80%
Greece 36%
Italy 46%
Norway/Iceland 89%
Portugal 21%
Spain 20%
Sweden 88%
Switzerland 91%
Turkey 50%
UK 42%
Poland 39%

36 per cent of our aluminium cans are recycled

It takes twelve times as much power to create a pound of aluminum as it does to make a pound of iron. A good sized aluminum plant uses as much power as a city of 175,000 people.

Approximately 7.2Kwh of energy are used and 1.62 Kg of Co2 is produced to make 1Kg of alluminium.

One of the significant environmental consequences of aluminium production is the emission of perfluorcarbons (PFCs)

Aluminium is three times lighter than steel or cast iron.

Approximately 14,000 Kwh of electricity are required to produce one tonne of aluminium from two tonnes of alumina.

It only takes 700 KWH to remelt a ton of aluminium from scrap.

Electrical power makes up about 1/3rd of the cost of producing a tonne of primary aluminium.

More than 55% of the world’s aluminium production is powered by renewable energy.

Recycling one kilogram of aluminium saves over 7 kilograms of bauxite, 4 kilograms of chemicals and 13 kilowatt hours of electricity.

Every three months, enough aluminium is landfilled to rebuild all commercial airplanes in the world.

A television set can run for three hours on the energy saved by recycling a single aluminium can.

Aluminium melts at 660 C and boils at 2792 C.

In the last 30 years, aluminium production in Europe has increased by over 250% to 8.4 million tones per year.

The aluminium drink can is the world's most recycled container - more than 63% of all cans are recycled worldwide.

We use 6 billion aluminium cans a year. Placed end to end, these would cover twice the distance to the moon.

Aluminium can transfer heat 2.4 times faster than iron, making it ideal for cooking and as a container for cold drinks.

Aluminium is the most abundant metal on earth and the third most abundant element (after silicon and oxygen). It makes up 8% of the earths crust.

The average lifespan of an aluminium can is six weeks, including the time it takes to be manufactured, filled, used and then recycled.

One kg of aluminium can replace two kg of iron or other metals in most of its applications

Aluminium can be 100% recycled without any loss in its natural qualities.

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