A new study by researchers at Cornell University and University of California, Berkeley, found that aluminum containers are not recyclables and could potentially contribute to climate change.
The study found that a wide variety of materials are reused in many containers.
The findings come from the Cornell and Berkeley Environmental Sciences Center’s new Global Recycling Inventory, which includes more than 100,000 recycled aluminum containers in the U.S. The U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) is partnering with Cornell to collect and analyze these data.
“This new study is the first to analyze recycled aluminum as a source of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States,” said J. Scott Campbell, lead author and associate professor of environmental engineering at Cornell and UC Berkeley.
The research shows that aluminum is an extremely efficient, low-emissions, high-yield recycling option for both packaging and other uses,” said Campbell. “
While recycling aluminum container prices is not necessarily a good option, this study suggests that recycled aluminum is a viable alternative to recycled cardboard, paper, plastic and wood.”
The study also found that recycled plastic containers contribute about 0.6 grams of carbon-dioxide emissions per metric ton, and aluminum containers contribute less than 0.25 grams of CO2 per metric-ton. “
We should also be considering recycling aluminum as an alternative to cardboard, cardboard, plastic, and wood.”
The study also found that recycled plastic containers contribute about 0.6 grams of carbon-dioxide emissions per metric ton, and aluminum containers contribute less than 0.25 grams of CO2 per metric-ton.
The researchers found that recycling plastic containers is a good idea in a variety of ways, including recycling to use in the production of products that are environmentally friendly, reducing landfill costs, and using aluminum containers as a material for building materials.
“Recycling aluminum container price is a low cost for the environment, but recycling aluminum is not cost-competitive,” said co-author and postdoctoral fellow Jennifer F. Geddes.
The researchers also found there was a wide range of materials that can be recycled and reused in recycled aluminum container. “
In the study, we found that recyclers recycled the aluminum container at a cost of $1.25 to $2.00 per ton of aluminum, which is more than 10 times higher than other materials that are recycled.”
The researchers also found there was a wide range of materials that can be recycled and reused in recycled aluminum container.
For example, recycled aluminum can be used to make products such as insulation and insulation material, paper and plastic products, and paper products.
“Our results suggest that recycling the aluminum is generally less expensive than other alternatives,” Campbell said.
“It is also a low-carbon option, and can reduce the environmental impact of the recycling process.”
The Cornell-Berkeley study is available at: https://www.cac.cornell.edu/pubs/globalrecyclinginventory.pdf