Thursday, November 7, 2013

Decomposition: Aluminum Foil

Let’s talk about an item that you probably use often but you don’t often think to recycle. Aluminum foil is a common item found in most household kitchens. We use it to wrap, shine and even sharpen. 
Aluminum foil is 100 percent recyclable. Unfortunately, most of the aluminum foil used in the United States ends up in landfills. According to reports, we throw away enough foil each year to build a fleet of aircraft and recycling a single aluminum can saves enough energy to power a television for 3 hours.
It may be difficult to find a recycler that accepts aluminum foil. The reason for this being that aluminum foil is generally contaminated with food waste. With that being said, it’s not impossible to find a recycler willing to accept the aluminum foil you’re looking to recycle. Metro Recycling is one recycler that does in fact accept aluminum foil recycling and pays you for it. Websites such as Earth911.com can aslo assist in your search for a recycler.
What is the alternative? The landfill. What happens there? The aluminum foil will sit for literally thousands of years. Next time you unwarp that casserole, think twice before throwing the foil into the garbage can.

 For more information and materials that Metro Recycling accepts and pays for visit our website www.wheredoirecycle.com

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