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Aluminium is 100% recyclable and experiences no loss of properties or quality during the recycling process. Recycling aluminium also uses only 5% of the energy used to created new aluminium and emits only 5% of the greenhouse gases. It is for these reasons that approximately 75% of the aluminium ever produced is still in use today.

The Australian Aluminium Council has listed a number of links below contain varying levels of information on recycling aluminium:

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International Perspective

Recycling website by the International Aluminium Institute

The International Aluminium Institute released its Recycling website in 2011 and contains a wealth of information on recycling aluminium, as well as images, videos, downloadable reference material and links to external sites and more.

Recycling section on the Aluminum Association website
This section of the Aluminum Association’s (USA) website contains information on the benefits of recycling aluminium, some fun facts, teachers’ information, and in-depth information.

Recycling page on the European Aluminium Association website
This is a single page on the EAA website. It contains information on the benefits of and reasons why we recycling aluminium, an aluminium life flow chart, and some statistics on recycling rates.

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Australian perspective

Figures page on the Aluminium Can Group website
This page on the Aluminium Can Group website contains a table with Australian can recycling data from 1982 – 2005. The chart shows the amount of cans used by Australians, the cans collected, the percentage of cans collected for recycling, and the dollar amount that has been returned to the Australian community for their recycling.

Aluminium Can Recycling section of the Planet Ark website
This link goes through to an introduction page on the Planet Ark website. Click the link at the end of the intro to get to the Planet Ark Aluminium Cans website which contains facts and figures about aluminium and recycling, colouring sheets, news and competitions, images and posters.
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Aluminium Recyclers

Aluminium… endlessly recyclable page on the Alcoa Australia website
Alcoa is the largest aluminium recycler in Australia. This page on the Alcoa website describes the recycling process at the Yennora facility in NSW. The right hand side of the page includes downloadable PDFs with further information on aluminium recycling.
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Videos

Soft drink cans: the ultimate recyclable package – Alcoa
This video shows the entire aluminium can recycling process – USA production.

InCANvenient Truth – Alcoa
This video, An InCANvenient Truth, formed part of Alcoa’s campaign to launch its first iPhone app in late 2010. This video educates about recycling aluminium in a fun way.

Recycling Aluminium by the Discovery Channel
About two-thirds of the aluminium ever made is still in existence. Find out why recycling aluminium makes it virtually indestructible.
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Education

Ollie Recycles website
This website is designed to inform children about aluminium use and recycling. The site includes information on the uses of aluminium, how it’s recycled, facts and figures, recycling at home, as well as a quiz on what they have learned.
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