Project Description

In Australia, over two billion aluminium cans are recycled every year. Roughly ten percent of Australia’s electricity goes into making brand new aluminium – using recycled cans to make new aluminium saves a huge amount of energy. In fact, for every aluminium can you recycle, you save enough energy to power a television set for three hours!
Aluminium is made from an ore called Bauxite, which is mined from the earth. Bauxite is converted into alumina, a fine white powder. This powder is then smelted at over 700°C, to become aluminium. The process is expensive and uses lots of resources including energy and fuel.