Aluminum is made from a natural resource called Bauxite Ore. This ore is found in rocks and so must be mined, it is not a renewable resource which means that once it is gone, we will not have any more.
It can take 80-100 years for an aluminum can to decompose (break down and disappear) when it goes to a landfill or dump.
Aluminum can be recycled into packaging and containers (beverages, food), building materials, automobile and aircraft construction, appliances (stoves, refrigerators), toys, picture frames, decorative home décor (Bowls, vases, etc), baseball bats, and more.
Aluminum is shredded and decontaminated, melted and poured into forms. The entire process takes about 90 days. It can be recycled over and over again forever.
Recycling aluminum uses 96% less energy than it takes to produce the same amount of aluminum from raw materials. 95% of air pollutants are eliminated and 100% of solid waste is kept from landfills. Recycling one Aluminum can saves enough electricity to operate a TV for up to 3 hours.