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While plastic can only be recycled once or twice before it degrades, tin cans and aluminum cans can be recycled an infinite number of times without any loss of quality. And if that’s not impressive enough, these metals are processed so quickly, that they can be back on store shelves in as little as 6 to 8 weeks after they’re picked up for recycling.
This perpetual cycle isn’t limited to just tin and aluminum cans. Copper, steel, gold, silver and other common metals can also be melted down and recycled infinitely, while fully retaining their metallic properties.
Good to know
- Glass can also be recycled an infinite number of times.
- Recycling facilities make money by selling recycled metals to manufacturers, who turn the recycled metal into new products. The revenue funds the community’s recycling program and keeps hundreds of millions of cubic yards of metal out of landfills each year.
- Most municipalities provide recycling bins free of charge. If you don’t have one, contact your local recycling facility.