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Consideration of Balers / Recycling Equipment for Aluminum

Like many other substances we utilize every day aluminum is one of the materials which should not end up in the garbage. Recycling aluminum can ensure that there will be enough for everyday needs.

Aluminum is a valuable commodity and provides an economic incentive for people and companies to recycle. Certain communities offer curbside pickup to recycle.

Recycling one Aluminum can is about the same as maintaining a light bulb with a power of 100W burning for around four hours or keeping the TV on for 3 hours.

Based on the U.S. EPA, recycling Aluminum helps reduce the amount ending in garbage dumps by more than 55 percent.

Recycling Aluminum helps save more than 95 percent of the power required to manufacture cans out of virgin bauxite ore.

In contrast to plastics, you don’t need to take off labels on paper or clean the can. The heat generated during the melting process removes any of the harmful substances.

Recycling one tonne of Aluminum can save the equivalent of 10 cubic feet of land.

Recycled cans can be transformed into furniture, plane appliances, furniture, and much more.

Disadvantages of Recycling Aluminum

One of the most significant negatives that recycling aluminum has is the requirement to separate from plastic, steel, and other materials.

When Aluminum is constantly recycled, it loses its value. Thus, products made of new Aluminum are superior to the recycled version.

The process is lengthy and can cost money. It is expensive to use energy when reprocessing materials and moving them.

Tips / Do’s and Don’ts of Recycling Aluminum Cans

If a magnet doesn’t stick to your food container, most likely it’s Aluminum.

If you are looking to maximize the value of Recycling, Make sure the recycling containers are dry and clean.

When you rinse aluminum cans, it can assist in eliminating insects and odors.

Do not mix aluminum pie plates, metal, tin scrap metal, or any other substances that should be incorporated into it.

Aluminum demand is increasing, and this means that businesses that specialize in Recycling are transforming and expanding their business to meet customer’s requirements for their products and the needs of the markets.

States and even localities are starting to become more difficult in the area of Recycling. For instance, Lee County, Florida, is confronted with new laws that require condo owners/renters, companies, and residents of apartments to recycle not just aluminum cans but also steel and other metals, as well as office paper. The reasoning behind this is the greater Recycling happens, the more affordable it is to recycle the material in the future, making the product cheaper and, ultimately, the production of the product less expensive. If you don’t follow the recycling requirements, you will be penalized. The law in North Carolina states that businesses that serve alcohol must recycle aluminum cans as well as glass bottles.

It’s just an issue of time until Recycling becomes a requirement across all states. If there’s no reason or rationale behind the Aluminum that is clogging up our waste disposal facilities, it shouldn’t be dumped in that way. The advantages of recycling Aluminum outweigh the drawbacks. So, even if there isn’t a recycling program at your workplace, it may be time to begin one.

The basic benefits of Aluminum Can Recycling include:

Apart from the obvious “green benefits,” including massive reductions in energy use (95 percent reduction in the energy required to create Aluminum from Bauxite ore) as well as the reduction of the resources for natural, and reducing water pollution (97 percent reduction over the process of making the new material from mines) there are tangible advantages for organizations like:

Aluminum Can Recycling helps reduce costs for disposal of waste (since the aluminum cans are taken out of the trash stream).

Aluminum Can Recycling can generate profits from the sale of recycling Aluminum.

Aluminum Can Recycling helps reduce the cost of labor associated with handling aluminum cans in the disposal of waste.

Aluminum Can Recycling helps with the streamlining of all waste processing processes.

Aluminum Can Recycling helps free space (used to store temporary amounts of aluminum cans).

Aluminum Can Recycling helps improve work safety and cleanliness.

Markets for Recovered Aluminum

The most important markets for recycled Aluminum are Transportation (31 percent) and Packaging (22 percent) (22 22 percent), which include areas like Consumer Durables, Electrical, Machinery, and equipment, Building, and construction (13%), and Export (12 percent). Aluminum is in high demand in the field of transportation because of its strength and lightness. To illustrate its amazing durability, 24 aluminum cans could support a 4,000-pound vehicle.

Recycling Equipment Considerations

Bale weights of aluminum cans made by vertical Balers and Horizontal Balers generally range from approximately 150 pounds for the standard 30″ Baler up to 1,000 pounds for a 60″ Super High-Density Vertical Baler that comes with a 10-” Cylinder. Most often, a seven” cylinder 60″ Vertical Baler is suggested for bale weights that exceed 500 pounds. Of course, horizontal Balers will have more output and automation per day or hour. However, the price will be several times the cost of the vertical baler.

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