You can recycle aluminium drinks cans an indefinite number of times and if you’re interested in how this is done, check out our guide to the lifecycle of a standard drinks can.
Step 1: Bauxite Mining
In order to make aluminium for drinks cans, manufacturers need bauxite – aluminium ore. This is mined from abundant carbonate rocks in Europe and the Caribbean.
Step 2: Alumina Production
From this ore, alumina is produced.
Step 3: Aluminium Ingot Production
And from this alumina, ingots are made.
Step 4: Aluminium Rolling
These ingots are then rolled out into sheets ready for shaping.
Step 5: Can Production
The can body and end is made ready for filling.
Step 6: Can Filling
The cans are then filled with the liquid of choice and sealed.
Step 7: Packaging and Distribution
Once sealed, the cans are packaged and distributed to wholesalers and retailers.
Step 8: Can is Bought
The cans are then bought from a shop, the contents consumed and the empty can is put in a recycling bin.
Step 9: Recycling Collection
The cans are then collected by a licensed waste collection service, along with other recyclable materials.
Step 10: Aluminium is Re-Melted
The aluminium is remelted ready to be reused.
Return to step 4 and repeat for an infinite number of times.
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