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More Than 1 Trillion Aluminum Cans Have Not Been Recycled

Stephen Ursery

May 25, 2004

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More Than 1 Trillion Aluminum Cans Have Not Been Recycled

Arlington, Va. — The Container Recycling Institute (CRI), a nonprofit organization based in Arlington, Va., estimates that more than 1 trillion aluminum cans have been thrown in the trash since 1972, when the waste industry began keeping records. According to CRI, the discarded cans would reach 76 million miles, a distance equivalent to 158 round trips to the moon, if placed end to end.

CRI also announced that just 44 percent of the aluminum cans that were sold in 2003 were recycled. That figure marks the lowest recycling rate since 1980.

About the Author(s)

Stephen Ursery

Editor, Waste Age Magazine, Waste360

Stephen Ursery is the editor of Waste Age magazine. During his time as editor, Waste Age has won more than 20 national and regional awards. He has worked for Penton Media since August 1999. Before joining Waste Age as the magazine's managing editor, he was an associate editor for American City & County and for National Real Estate Investor.

Prior to joining Penton, Stephen worked as a reporter for The Marietta Daily Journal and The Fulton County Daily Report, both of which are located in metro Atlanta.

Stephen earned a BA in History from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.

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