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Aluminum can recycling hits a record high of 49.4 billion cans.

Aluminum can recycling hits a record high of 49.4 billion cans

Americans are recycling six of every 10 aluminum beverage cans produced in the United States, according to testimony given recently by Aluminum Assn. president David Parker.

Testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee, Parker said the U.S. aluminum industry recycled 49.4 billion cans in 1989--a record nationwide recovery rate of 60.8 percent. The 1989 rate is up from 54.6 percent in 1988. About 42 billion aluminum cans were recycled in 1988.

"The aluminum industry is doing its part in the recycling effort," Parker told members of the House committee. "We are actively promoting the increased recycling of aluminum. We strongly believe that private, free-market efforts, accompanied by national programs to educate the public on the value and importance of recycling, is a superior approach."

Parker attributed the success of aluminum recycling to the inherent cash value of aluminum as scrap material; increased public understanding of the need to recycle; and aluminum industry efforts to encourage even more public participation in the aluminum recycling process.

During the past decade, Americans recycled more than 320 billion aluminum cans, representing about 12 billion pounds of metal that was returned to productive use instead of being relegated to landfills, Parker explained.
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Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Apr 9, 1990
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