If I Can, You Can, We All Can?

Drinks Cans
I Can You Can – Steve Howard

It is often said that a true artist can find art in anything. Art can transform the ordinary to the extraordinary.

The most fascinating works of art often have a strong narrative as well as an interesting story to tell, often about the artist, the subject and the reason for creating the art in the first place.

Hence, may I present, ’The Cans’; a work celebrating the ‘Aluminium Can’.

The aluminium drink can is the most recycled drinks container on the planet. The aluminium can is recycled many times in its lifetime, more often than not, into another can. This saves energy and valuable resources as well as reducing waste. Every minute of every day, an average of 113,200 aluminium cans are recycled.

The only aluminium can recycling plant in Europe is in Warrington, Cheshire. The plant is capable of recycling every drink can sold in the UK every year (that’s 8 billion cans!). It also recycles cans from other countries, including Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Germany and Saudi Arabia.

Novelis is the world’s largest recycler of aluminium drink cans. In 2006 the company recycled 40 billion cans, enough to circle the world more than 100 times (if laid end to end).

Recycling aluminium cans reduces waste. It also saves energy, conserves natural resources, and cuts down the amount of waste that needs to be buried in landfill sites.

Aluminium cans are worth money to collectors. Cash for Cans centres will pay for every kilogram recycled. This is a great way of raising money for your school, Cub or Brownie pack or a favourite charity – or just for you!

20 cans can be made with the energy needed to produce one can using raw materials.

Recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to run a television for three hours.

Used aluminium drink cans can be recycled and back on supermarket shelves as new drink cans in as little as 60 days (or 2 months).

Recycling aluminium takes 95% less energy than producing it from its raw materials. The recycling process also generates only 5% of the greenhouse gas emissions. The humble ubiquitous drinks can. A work of art fashioned from science.

My name is Steve Howard. You have been reading the Digital Circus.


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