Monday 13 August 2012

How many cans does it take to make a pound?

Posted by at 9:40 PM


I can’t be the only one who has wondered the answer to the age old recycling question—Just how many aluminum cans does it take to make a pound? Quite honestly, until I decided to write this post, I had never really looked into it. I have noticed over the years that aluminum cans have gotten thinner and lighter… and easier to puncture. And I am sure if I saved a 12 pack of Coca-cola today it would eat through the cans much faster than my stash of old Coke from 1985 took. (It took 10 years for leakage! Remember when NEW Coke came out? Yechhh, I had to stock up on the original.)

After some Google searching, I found that we need to be on the same page when we are talking cans per pound because there are 6, 8, 10, 12, 16 oz. pop top cans PLUS screw top “bottle” cans and others. So using standard 12 oz. pop/beer cans that are rinsed and dry I find that the consensus is that it takes from 32-35 cans to make a pound. There seems to be no exact number because there are variances by brand.

So now we basically know about how many cans one has to gather together to make a pound a make some money. And it’s going to take more than a twelve pack to make a pound. So let’s get drinking and collect those cans and change them in to buy more and recycle more. What a great win-win deal. Hmmm I can taste it now… Coca-Cola, Captain and Coke, Coors Light… how much more fun could it be to recycle and save the planet?

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