Aluminum can be recycled into many different products, such as tractor-trailer and car bodies, gutters, siding and more. However, aluminum cans usually become new aluminum cans. Recycling aluminum does not reduce the quality of the metal, so it can be recycled indefinitely. In fact, 75% of all aluminum produced since 1888 is still in use today.
With their constant demand, manufacturers are able to have an aluminum can back on store shelves quickly. Producing new cans from recycled aluminum saves 95% of the energy used to produce cans from ore, known as bauxite. And the cost savings are significant, even when taking into consideration the expense for collection and separation.
If it applies to your state, be sure to return your cans to a retail store for the deposit refund. Otherwise, throw any nonrefundable items in your recycling bin to keep this valuable resource out of landfills.