In 2001, Americans bought 351 aluminum beverage cans per person, twice as many as in 1980. The average American family recycles 150 six packs of aluminum cans a year. Used aluminum cans are melted down into ingots that can weigh as much as 30,000 tons. That's enough aluminum to make 1.6 million cans.
Herein, how many cans are wasted each year?
More than one million tons of aluminum containers and packaging (soda cans, TV dinner trays, aluminum foil) are thrown away each year. Americans throw away enough aluminum every three months to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet. Last year, approximately 36 billion aluminum cans were landfilled.
How many bottles and cans are thrown away each year?
The Container Recycling Institute (CRI) estimates that the 36 billion aluminum cans landfilled last year had a scrap value of more than $600 million. Americans throw away about 28 billion bottles and jars every year.
How many cans of soda are consumed in a year?
According to Beverage Marketing Corporation, the average American drinks 44.7 gallons of soda every year. That's about 487 cans or 286 bottles or 85 2-liters of that carbonated syrup every year.