Predominantly used as drink cans in Australia, aluminium cans can be recycled via most kerbside and drop off recycling centres. An aluminium can is 100% recyclable; there are no labels or covers to be removed.
If your workplace or business has large quantities of aluminium cans to recycle, visit BusinessRecycling.com.au to find suitable collection or pick up service options.
Find out information about the container deposit scheme in your state.
The NT Container Deposit Scheme
The NT Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) provides public drop off points which pay the 10-cent refund for each container purchased in the NT. Some of the containers covered include soft drinks, fruit-based drinks and sports drinks (3L or less); favoured milk and water (less than 1L); and beer, cider and mixed drinks (3L or less). You can ensure you receive your refund by not crushing containers, keeping the lid on, presenting relatively clean containers and sorting containers into material types.
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About Aluminium Can Recycling:
- During recycling the cans are crushed, then melted in a furnace. The liquid aluminium is then placed in moulds for shaping new aluminium products.
- In 2005, Australians recycled over two billion aluminium cans.
Source: The Aluminium Can Group
Importance of Recycling Aluminium:
- Recycling just one aluminium can saves enough energy to power a TV set for three hours.
- Recycling aluminium cans saves 95 per cent of the energy it would take to make new metal from bauxite ore.