Join the Alliance for Consumer Education (ACE) in recycling aerosol cans as part of America Recycles Day!
Aerosol cans are made from aluminum or steel, both of which are recyclable materials. However, about 1 billion pounds of aluminum end up in landfills every year. That wasted energy could power 1.5 million homes for a year. Recycled aluminum, on the other hand, is melted and formed into blocks called ingots. These blocks are rolled into sheets and sent to manufacturers to make new cans. One ingot contains enough aluminum to make 1.3 million new cans! Steel is the most recycled material in North America, and recycling steel saves nearly 74 percent of the energy used to produce it from raw materials, which is enough energy to power about 18 million homes for a year. Recycled steel is used to make car bodies, appliances, and bridge spans.
Help reduce aluminum and steel waste by bringing your empty aerosol cans (think: CoolWhip, PAM Cooking Spray, hair spray, dry shampoo, shaving cream, bug spray, and air fresheners) to 1667 K St. NW, Suite 300 in Washington, D.C. on November 14-15.
ACE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation that works to educate consumers about the correct use, storage, and disposal of household and commercial products. One of ACE’s core programs is Sustainability & Recycling. ACE is affiliated with the Household & Commercial Products Association.