Recycling Creates Jobs

July 27th, 2012 | Blog, News

On June 16th, 2012, I was fortunate to attend the “Beyond the Blue Box Recycled Fashion and Art Show” hosted by the Institute for a Resource-Based Economy (IRBE), at the Center for Social Innovation Annex in Toronto. My breath was taken away by the capability of recycling tabs from beer and pop cans. With artistic skills they were converted into colorful headpieces, evening dresses, skirts and jewelry. A sample of the fashion can be viewed at In a practical way, this event demonstrated the recyclability of aluminum as 75% of aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in use today. This statistic was provided by the Vice-President of the US Aluminum Association last month in testimony to the House Subcommittee on the Environment and the Economy . He stated further that:

  • 75% of aluminum saves 95% of the energy and emits only 5% of the greenhouse gases associated with primary aluminum products.
  • Aluminum cans are the most recycled beverage container in America where for an average can 68% is recycled content.
  • A beverage container goes from recycling bin and back to the store shelves in less than 60 days.

It is also ambitious and commendable that the industry’s goal for recycled aluminum cans is  75.1% by 2015 in comparison to 58.1% in 2010.

The U.S. Aluminum Association represents producers, recyclers, and industry suppliers with a focus on limiting the industry’s impact on the environment while positively impacting the economy. The testimony was related to a draft bill entitled “The Increasing Manufacturing Competitiveness through Improved Recycling Act of 2012″ where the industry supported the legislation. The Association view is that the initiatives in the Bill will increase recycling which will contribute to sustainability, private sector driven green jobs, energy efficiency, reduce solid waste in landfills, and create jobs.

We at GB Resources believe that through our recycling programs we help the environment and contribute to job creation. We encourage our clients to join us in conserving energy and reducing the requirement for landfills.

Drop off your aluminum cans and scrap metal at our location at 96 Hyde Toronto. Call us at 416 240 0325 or 1 866 398 7519.


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