Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Interviews & Aluminum Recycling


-- Brummets In the Media --


Starting with Women's Recreation Radio show at noon (pacific) I'll be joining host Tami Principe for a 1/2 hour discussion to complete the 2-part interview. The first segment aired back on July 15th. This radio show offers a chat room for the live listeners to drop into and visit with each other or share thoughts and comments on the discussion. As an added bonus the episodes are all archived, so if you cannot make the live show the archive will be there for you to access at your convenience. Visit: www.blogtalkradio.com/womensrecreation




 -- Positive Eco-News --

One of my favorite magazines in the waste management scene is the Recycling Product News Magazine - I've found 2 website addresses for them: www.recyclingproductnews.ca  & http://rpn.baumpub.com. Their editor Keith Barker has been part of our networking circle for years now, and I've always seen his editorial comments as a highlight to the reading experience. Keith has allowed us the privilage over the years to share eco-events and some of the fantastic information in his magazine here on this blog, and also on our Conscious Discussions Radio show. Today, I'd like to share some information on the aluminum recycling industry:

*Source: Recycling Product News Magazine

Aluminum Association - "The Aluminum Association, based in Arlington, Virginia, works globally to aggressively promote aluminum as the most sustainable and recyclable automotive, packaging and construction material in today’s market. The Association represents U.S. and foreign-based primary producers of aluminum, aluminum recyclers and producers of fabricated products, as well as industry suppliers. Member companies operate more than 200 plants in the United States, with many conducting business worldwide".  www.aluminum.org/lca

This association did an extensive study which confirm major reductions in the aluminum can’s carbon footprint and energy use Major findings of the study include:
·  A reduction in overall carbon footprint of the aluminum can by 44 percent
·  30 percent less energy usage
·  A reduction in package weight of 15%
·  68 percent total recycled content, the highest of any beverage package material 

Basically what these numbers mean is that the recycling industry has become much more efficient. In fact, an recycled can has the potential of being re-processed, refilled and back on the grocery shelf within 2 months. We also know that the aluminum recycling system reduces the amount of energy and greenhouse gas emissions by 95% (compared to obtaining virgin ore, and refining a new product).  Here's another interesting stat that I learned from the Recycling News magazine: just 1 pound of aluminum produces 34 new cans.


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