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U-Pak answers some of the questions you may already have.

  • Canadians take home more than 55 million plastic bags each week.
  • Recycling one aluminum can save enough energy to run a TV for three hours — or the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.
  • 350,000 aluminum cans are produced every minute!
  • More aluminum goes into beverage cans than any other product.
  • Once an aluminum can is recycled, it can be part of a new can within six weeks. Recycling one aluminum can save enough energy to run a television for 3 hours.
  • Plastics take about 400 years to break down in a landfill
  • During the time it takes you to read this sentence, 50,000 355 ml aluminum cans are made.
  • An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now!
  • There is no limit to the amount of times an aluminum can, can be recycled.
  • Aluminum can manufacturers have been making cans lighter — in 1972 each pound of aluminum produced 22 cans; today it yields about 29 cans.
  • We use over 80,000,000,000 aluminum pop cans every year.
  • At one time, aluminum was more valuable than gold!
  • Canadian households produced 13.4 million tonnes of waste. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of this waste was sent for disposal
  • In North America, we produce enough garbage each day, to fill 70,000 garbage trucks. Lined up bumper to bumper, over a year, they would stretch halfway to the moon.
  • More than 50% of a new aluminum can is made from recycled aluminum.
  • The 36 billion aluminum cans landfilled last year had a scrap value of more than $600 million. (Someday we’ll be mining our landfills for the resources we’ve buried.)

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