How To Know How Many Aluminum Cans Are In A Pound
Here Is How To Find How Many Aluminum Cans It
Takes To Make A Pound
Recognize that the number of cans that make up a
pound of aluminum has changed, and may change in the future. The number of
aluminum cans that make up a pound has changed quite a bit over the years. In
1984 one pound of aluminum cans equaled 22 cans. In 2008 to make one pound of
aluminum cans took 32 cans according to the Natural Resource Recovery
Check for changes in the number of cans in a pound as technology evolves. Over
the years aluminum can manufacturing technology has become more advanced and
cans now can be made lighter and just as strong and manufacturing technology
continues to change. Keep in mind that you are not just making money but helping
the environment. It saves over 95% of the energy that would have been used to
make an aluminum can from raw ore, to recycle old aluminum into new cans.
Contact Your Local Recycling Center
Find out how much an aluminum can is worth by contacting your local recycling
center and asking how much they pay per pound. Divide the price per pound by 32.
This is a rough figure since some cans, such as 16 or 24 ounce beverage cans
weigh more. You can count a 24 ounce can as roughly 1.7 cans.
If the price for a pound of aluminum cans at your local recycling center is 40
cents per pound then the value of the 32 cans that make up that pound will be
1.25 cents. Of course if your state is smart enough to have a container deposit,
(which should be in all 50 States in my opinion) the value of your aluminum can
is whatever the deposit is, from five to fifteen cents.
Even at a penny and a quarter to two cents it's
still worth it to crush and recycle your aluminum cans. Aluminum can crushers
can be found on e-Bay for as little as ten dollars.