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Recycle a can, offset your journey

Date: 30-Dec-09
Author: Michelle Cook

Crushed Aluminium Cans © Amy Nancarrow

Crushed Aluminium Cans

According to new information from RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) when partygoers recycle six aluminium cans they are effectively offsetting a 25 kilometre train journey, a 17 kilometre bus ride or ten kilometre trip in an average size car.   

"Whichever way you choose to get to your destination this New Years Eve, simply by recycling aluminium cans, you can travel without leaving a footprint", says Planet Ark's Campaigns Manager, Brad Gray. "When you choose drinks in aluminium cans and then recycle the can you are reducing your impact on the environment by cutting carbon emissions and reducing waste".

Making aluminium cans from recycled materials uses 95% less energy than producing them from scratch.

"Cans are light and easily crushed which makes it really easy to take them home with you if the party you're at doesn't have recycling facilities", says Gray.

The RMIT research shows that when they are recycled, aluminium cans are the most sustainable drink container available. They are endlessly recyclable because aluminium doesn't degrade during the recycling process.

Since Australians first started drinking out of aluminium in the 1970s more than 38 billion cans have been recycled. As aluminium is 100% and infinitely recyclable, those cans can go on saving our precious resources for thousands of years.

With the festive season in full swing, Planet Ark is encouraging everyone to recycle to reduce their impact on the environment at a time of year when consumption is at its highest.

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