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Aluminum recycling in the United States in 2000

Circular 1196-W

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Abstract

As one of a series of reports on metals recycling, this report discusses the flow of aluminum from production through its uses with particular emphasis on the recycling of industrial scrap (new scrap) and used products (old scrap) in 2000. This materials flow study includes a description of aluminum supply and demand factors for the United States to illustrate the extent of aluminum recycling and to identify recycling trends. Understanding the system of materials flow from source to ultimate disposition can assist in improving the management of natural resources in a manner that is compatible with sound environmental practices. In 2000, the old scrap recycling efficiency for aluminum was estimated to be 42 percent. Almost 60 percent of the aluminum that was recycled in 2000 came from new scrap, and the recycling rate was estimated to be 36 percent. The principal source of old scrap was recycled aluminum beverage cans.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Aluminum recycling in the United States in 2000
Series title:
Circular
Series number:
1196
Chapter:
W
Edition:
Version 1.0
Year Published:
2006
Language:
ENGLISH
Description:
16 p.
Larger Work Type:
Report
Larger Work Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Number of Pages:
16
Time Range Start:
2000-01-01
Time Range End:
2000-12-31
Online Only (Y/N):
Y