The world consumes a mind blowing 4 billion cans of soft drinks made of recycled aluminium every week. DCODE how they are recycled. , ,
I am in awe of just how big some of those machines are. Amazing.
Old timers like me can remember when beverage cans were in transition to the all aluminum cans we have today. A half-century ago, PSAs for aluminum can recycling had to specify the desired cans had a concave bottom and no side seam, which was composed of ferrous metal.
In the USA we don't send the aluminum cans overseas. They're recycled right here. The last load I picked up was in south Texas and I took it to Alco, TN, to be made into aluminum wheels. That was a load of cans but I've also hauled the ingots. I just wish I had video from the way my trailer was unloaded. I do have at least one picture of the way it was loaded though. It's similar for plastic bottles too. There's a place in Jackson, MS I used to pick up preforms a lot. The loads weighed 42,000 pounds but could be a bit top-heavy.
I live less than half a mile from the recycling plant and wondered how they did it. It's quite common to see 4 trucks a day with an ingot pass my house, that's a lot of cans.
These recycling videos are so educative & enjoyable to watch!
Thank you! I always wondered how they did that! 🙂
Pretty sure with all the parties that I've thrown and the beer that I've drank myself in my life that I have personally contributed to at least one entire rocket ship.
@Al Theeathoone what have you accomplished, this mans over here recycling to help fuel the space exploration of our species.
Recycled aliuminium is not used in rockets . In fact, the aluminum association website says the shell is 3004 alloy and the lid is 5182 alloy, most aircraft alloys are in the 7000 series.
@Al Theeathoone I would be
Need to continue drinking, the poor portion is still a lot
sure, as well as at least one airliner, maybe an aluminum bass boat or two....gotta do your share right?
I remember as a kid when they started recycling drinks cans. We headed out over to the park & started collecting cans because they would pay you a couple pennies per can. It wasn’t much, but to a kid it was a welcome boost to our pocket money. There’s no doubt that Al is expensive, but now we’re expected to provide this, and other raw materials to manufacturers for free. When did that change & why should multinational companies benefit financially from it with free raw materials? I’m sure if I walked into Ball Corp & asked for one of those ingots it wouldn’t be free because it was made from recycled cans. The same is true for plastic bottles. I’ve sat around in European airports watching homeless people walk from garbage bin to garbage bin rescuing bottles to cash in, which will be shipped overseas to China as the raw materials for clothing. It’s possible for people with absolutely nothing to make something from recycling, but instead, here we are letting big corporations put their hands into the pockets of the very poorest in society to make even more profit, off the back of the whole save the planet movement. Ordinary householders are supposed to act out of conscience, whereas wealthy business owners aren’t. Is anyone else sick of being taken for a fool by all this?
True. Can collecting is technically labor and the party that needs it done should be compensating you for it.
In China, all metal output and equipment are not sold for free value.
U need a lot of cans to make anything from them, I took some in with other scrap metal and for a builders bulk bag nearly full I got £1.50 lol
The scale of modern industrialization is mind boggling. 6.5 million cans produced per day by this one factory. Imagine how many other factories are churning out this and how big is the market. Humans are able to manufacture these many no. of items!
My old coke can had done more things in a year then i have done in my life.
I was called a glass recycling company in Constanta (not just one, but this is the cake of them), on papers,, of course he has a site online. Sites online we have a ton, with recycling principles and stuff. Yeah moralistic stories everywhere !!! I called the most official Constanta recycling system possible. "Sorry we don't take anymore glass because THE GLASS COLLECTOR PARTENER COMPANY WE WORKED WITH HAS FINISHED THEIR ACTIVITY AND CLOSED !!!"😈🤬😡😠 P.S. THERE IS CURRENTLY NO WAY TO RECYCLE WINDOW GLASS IN CONSTANTA, A CITY WITH 500.000 INHABITANS !!! THE CONSTANTA IS AN EUROPEAN UNION CITY !!!🤪😜😟
it went to space... and back !
@Hugh Jaanus My old coke can has done more things in a year than I have done in my life. Fixed your fix. But, I still don't understand the humor.
the fact that you can recycle aluminium over and over doesn't mean that doing so with one-time beverage cans doesn't use dozens of times in energy and water compared to reusable (standardized) deposit bottles or "Pfandflaschen" as have been in use in Europe for beer, juice, soda and mineral water for many decades.
I never heard of it. Of course, I'm from the USA
you beat me to it ,,,by two years 😂
When I was teaching imagery-analysis of the aluminum (Yankee pronunciation) industry, I pointed out that "alumin-E-um" was easier to sort out from "aluminA," the aluminum oxide (processed from bauxite, aluminum ore) which is the raw material for electrolytic processing into the pure metal. It's a whole lot more economical to melt down our empties.
*The colour of the steel resulting from the oil-quenching is amazing*
I used to work at an aluminium plant, in Birmingham, UK. In the offices, I remember one time they actually got into clothing, they had a fashion show where the girls wore dresses made from aluminium. I don't think it ever caught on. 🤔🤷🏻♀️ I always recycle my cans! 😊
Anyone remember when this is the kind of thing often played on Discovery channel rather than all the reality tv crap now?
Yes Aluminium is not magnetic, but Eddy current separators are beautiful to see in operation, flipping aluminium off a conveyor into a hopper. Nice video thanks.
It's amazing how these guys get all of us to do their collecting for them because it's "good for the planet" but somehow manage to keep all of the profits for themselves.
Both things can, and in this case are, true at the same time. But yeah, story of this century. The global oligarchy pockets the immense profits that are made possible by the technology developed by the taxpayer and the labour of their underpayed workers.
With the proper electromagnet, you can repel aluminum, which is used at some facilities to separate aluminum from everything else
Such a shame that even though it's recycled, the aluminium has to be reheated more than once and it has to do a 1000 mile round trip from England to Germany and back. What a terrible waste of energy!
I think it's great that cans are being recycled ♻️ in to more cans
Back when I was a broke high schooler in Michigan, we would find cans and return them so we could put $5 worth of gas into our junk cars. The freedom was real.
Michigan’s bottle return is 10 cents per bottle it’s ridiculous but everybody recycles them because of that price.
Oh yeah I remember when five of us would pitch in a toonie each and we'd have enough gas to get to Wonderland and back. At 70 cents a litre, I got almost half a tank in my 87 Escort.
The recycle machines are amazing
I know the answer to this! I used to drive an 18-wheeler years ago here in Texas, I would carry fresh beef from a privately owned packing plant before the corporations bought all of them out, from East Texas all the way to New Mexico to a lunch meat factory. After unloading sometimes they would have me stop by this place where everybody brought their aluminum cans and they were crushed and compacted into square aluminum can bails. I would then take my trailer full of them down below San Antonio a little ways on i-37 to an aluminum smelting plant where they would melt them down into molds and make aluminum ingots that were probably 1 ft high 3 ft wide and 46 ft long. As to where they went after that I was no longer involved and would go home and sleep 👍🏻🛌
Finally, an informative video without hyped up drama or annoying music. Thank you!
To combat the need for aluminium cans, every house should have an extra pipe installed which can receive any liquid from a central distribution centre.
It used to be called congealed electricity because of the sheer energy it took to produce it.
I used to work at an Aluminum company called Scepter in New York State. we recycled everything from staples to cans and up to aircraft parts, railroad cars and car engines.
also a good reason that it takes so much energy to make is because aluminum is highly reactive and almost never is found in its metallic state. Compounds of it need to be refined, heated up until molten, held there, and then electrolyzed. The electrolysis part can be thought of as adding energy to separate nonillions of stuck together tiny strong magnets which is extracting the aluminum from the rest of the molecule.
@chouseification Thanks. I was sad no one mentioned bauxite.
@Johnny Tocino bauxite is the raw (oxide) aluminum ore. That's the stuff that you need to put a whole lot of energy into to turn into aluminum metal. They normally put a load of refined bauxite into a cell and cover it with a flux, then run high current through it to break the chemical bonds. The molten aluminum is tapped and poured into ingots. Melting shredded cans to pour fresh ingots/sheet takes a fraction of the energy as obtaining it from ore. The odd part is that aluminum was a precious metal until relatively recently (until that electrical separation process was developed in stages), to the point that the capstone on the Washington Monument was made out of the metal, as were the silverware at some royal/imperial palaces - the normal guests may have silver, the better guests gold or platinum, but the best of all may get _aluminum_... sort of funny considering how often we use it these days, but for a while it was considered more luxurious than even gold or platinum.
@chouseification what about bauxite?!
@Toby Horn they deal in volume - if you want a better rate, sell them more at a time, and get a bid?
@chouseification I would de happy with 50¢ a pound cause of the work involved and Thay would still make a big profit of the cans
My can is already in space.. * sniff * They grow up so fast 😢
talk about coca cola’s new space flavored coke
“Too much garbage in your face? There’s plenty of space out in space”
or just another soda...
i love this, the ingenuity makes me hopeful for the world
It’s crazy how they remove all the brass and other non magnetic metals
this scientist that calls aluminium metal is a rly smart guy. I always thought its metal alloy and it does not exist in earth crust, but needs to be created from various components. Sigh.
I could make the whole industry come to a standstill if I decided not to return my beer cans.
Cans and bottles and basic "town" crap ended up along the county road which split my Iowa farm. One nice autumn day in 1977, having consumed too much (actually, as it turned out, it was the right amount) cold beer with a couple of neighboring farmers, I began to rant about all the crap along my land frontage. One farmer jokingly suggested that I call my congressman. Everyone laughed but me. So, I grab my phone, call information to find out my congressman's number, and actually him to give him Hell. I suggested at least a 5-cent charge like the old "pop" bottles back in the day. What happens next? Iowa begins to charge a nickel per bottle or can. The pragmatic, no change, no progressive Conservatives blew a head gasket. But, the law prevailed. Recycling came into being in Iowa just because some half-drunk Iowa farmers called a congressman (Well, actually I called). So, sue me.
Thanks... I used to collect beer cans on the side of the road in Bettendorf and Davenport made good money in the mid 80z.
Michael Boyd: I don't recall ever seeing a rebate notice that included IOWA on any can, and certainly not in 1977
Well done, Michael! I salute you and thank your younger self for rising to the challenge and springing into action. Most admirable! I think that any patch of this planet - _"The only home we've ever known,"_ in the words of the late, great Carl Sagan - that is taken care of or cleaned up in some way, benefits the whole world; and conversely, negatively impacts everyone directly and indirectly in subtle, unseen ways when any area is polluted, neglected or mismanaged.
I wonder how many times can aluminum cans be recycled? Also what about the sludge? Where does it finally go? Been nice to know.
Since the paint vaporizes, I'm wondering if the gas it forms us toxic. If yes, I'm wondering if something more chemically benign should be used.
Back in the day when I worked in the smelter, all smoke from the furnaces is collected and filtered through a Bag House. I’m sure it’s all changed since I worked in that industry. Yes the smoke is highly toxic not good to breathe.
What a big machine it does the job 👍
*sees aluminium rocket shooting into space* "Godspeed, beer cans!"
RedBull really does give us wings.......
😳🗡️ "Don't tell Harry!" ☠️
i knew guinness is the stuff of heavens
yup good to know i have touched something that has went to space lol
Note to the Younger generation: You used to get money if you returned old glass bottles. Then the cost , despite the 1800 odd Kilometere journey involved for aluminium became cheaper.
Thanks in a million. Great content. Awesome. Grade: A++💥
Cans are probably getting slowly stronger as they get recycled since pull tabs are a higher grade
Can you only recycle beverage cans? Can you recycle cans for corn, etc?
impressive the machines human kind has designed.
You can recycle aluminum so many times without having much losses.
WHAT !! B.S !! IS THIS !!?? WAY !! TOO !! MUCH !! DROSS !!!! CRAP !! IN !! IT !!!
incredible processes and machines
Who would have guessed that a Borg cube is made from recycled aluminum cans? 🤔
They're scientists, their job excites them, obviously they're passionate about what they do, good for them 👌
well ive recycled so many cans in my day that odds are one of them has been into space...my cans have gone so far in life...they made it.
It's always a wonder until you see how it's made, but sometimes you have to wonder? 🤔.
americans: "aluminum" britishers:""alu-min-ium" me, an itellectual:"diet metal"
Germans : "alu"
@John Sikes It's a meme you boomer.
A 27 ton ingot? Wow. That's one massive piece of metal.
Recycling is great. The earth is glad for us doing this
Honestly with all the pop and energy drinks I have consumed, I know I single handedly contributed an entire ingot of that size
I have always wondered why item made from recycled materials will cost more.
Few years ago I kept apart the cans at home. Then I decided to pick them up to the scrapyard. There they used a magnet on every metal container I carried. When suposed aluminum cans got stuck to the magnet I couldn´t believe it. I studied them on my carreer of environmental science as aluminum cans. There were many different brands. I was in shock. Maybe here in Spain they make them ferric (?)
Copper and aluminium (being lighter than copper) are the two most common metals used to carry an electromagnetic current. Even though they won't stick to a magnet by themselves, they still have magnetic properties, and can be induced to levitate in a magnetic field.
Does it not shock anyone, that back in the 1980s, kids could recycle coke cans for 5 cents a can, and now, 40 years later, its STILL only 5 cents a can? Back in the 80s, I could collect 10 cans and go to the local swimming pool for a day. Now you tell me how come inflation has not caught up to recycling like it has everything else? 50 Cents won't get you candy anymore, let alone a day at a swimming pool.
I don't know about outer space but an aluminium can in the hands of some consumer in Australia is more likely to make it over to Japan before that consumer ever does.
Aluminium sounds cooler. Idgaf. I think I spent the first 20 something years of my life not knowing that they were the same thing. I actually worked at a place that made all sorts of metal pieces for electronics and what not, and I was sorting the scrap one day and had two piles, one aluminum, one aluminium. I started complaining about how hard it was to keep them separated quickly, and that's when I found out the uk just has a cooler spelling. I was losing my mind looking at paperwork to make sure they ended up in the right pile, but then I was convinced there's no way I didn't mess it up. Then my boss came in and asked wtf was taking so long. I told him and he called me an idiot.
I read that aluminium was discovered already in the late 16 hundreds in Europe, but as mentioned in the video, it’s been extremely expensive to extract for many years. However it was called Aluminium. Around 1850 or so an American engineer (forgot his) developed a furnace which was highly effective and made it drop drastically in price. This engineer used the wrong spelling in his patent description but as a act of honor for the merited contributor to US-industry they adopted „Aluminum“.
@notahotshot Depending on what country you are in, English spelling or US spelling.
@notahotshot ohhh I see! Thanks!
@Sammad Saeed, either name is considered acceptable, because they have both been used since the 1800s, from the very beginning of the use of the metal. It's just a variant spelling, like "grey" and "gray", "color" or "colour", "realize" or "realise".
"I read that..." The spelling "aluminum" is a spelling first used by the British Chemist, Humphrey Davy. He first proposed the name "alumia" in 1808. In 1811 he published a paper calling it "aluminium". In 1812 he published a chemistry textbook, in it he called it "aluminum".
I did not have the sound on, but I never knew that they sent recycled aluminium to space before they turned the recycled aluminium back into cans.
Yet in England it is somehow not common to motivate people to recycle aluminium cans or plastic bottles using deposit system like everywhere else in Europe.
We should use aluminum for every beverage or water container, not just the usual size, but in 500ml, 2 and 3 litter. Prohibit single use plastic globally
I wonder what percentage of our recycling actually gets recycled... 🤔
Every state should require a deposit of at least 10 cents for each aluminum can and plastic beverage bottle. This would be an easy solution to the biggest part of the litter problem in the USA.
Interesting. So based on this specific video, England melt and recycles, Germany presses it into sheets & UK forms them back into cans. Lol a love triangle
Soo I have a question. How is shipping bundles of cans, and other things from around the world to this factory environmentally friendly?? So all the trucking, then cargo ship, then more trucking and this is environmentally friendly??? I feel like it creates more population and every country should probably just do this themselves.
I’m here to watch melting cans but got the full cycle instead! A great video
Great ! Now imagine doing that without the fossil fuel industry…..
The man who discovered “Aluminum” never called it “Aluminium”. Another man who reviewed the book that was written about the discovery didnt like the word “Aluminum”, so he changed it to “Aluminium”. Even though whoever discovers an element has always been the one to name it. So “Aluminum” is the correct word.
@bruh was gonna say, “is this a joke?”
The American scientist: we call it Aluminum Narrator: yea you are crazy, I'm gonna call it Aluminium
"Aluminum" is technically more correct than "aluminium," since the original word is "alumium." The n was added by Americans at some point because they thought it was easier to pronounce, and the i was later added by the British just to make it sound more like the names of other elements.
@Jim Very interesting. I learned something new today. Siri spells it Aluminum, though lol
This isn't an American thing. It's a North American thing as we in Canada ( much closer ties to British English than America) also spell it and pronounce it Aluminum. In fact my predictive text auto fills it as Aluminum. We just simply chose not to modify it for a third time when Europe decided to go with Aluminium.
he also said kilograms! the worlds gone mad!
@Freshkii Who would consider the opinion of a person who starts a post with, "nah fam"? That does not inspire credibility. Unlike SI units, where the US and the rest of the world should get with the program and start using them*, the spelling and name of alumium, aluminum, aluminium is a petty squabble. There are probably better reasons to call the element alumium. *Much of the world uses metric units, which are not the same as SI. This can cause problems with inconsistency between MKS units and CGS units, which are not the same. Also, some non-USA countries also used mixed units, with some hold-out units used in non-technical applications (e.g., stones, pints). For all of the whiners that can't remember how many inches are in a foot, why TF am I supposed to remember the erg-joule conversion?
Can we really trust the mixture of U.S. aluminum cans to be fully compatible with U.K. aluminium cans?
The trouble with using aluminium in rockets is that every rocket gets dumped into the sea and can’t be recycled ever again. Unless you are SpaceX of course.
From now on I shall call this metal "Alumium"
I'm watching this as I drink my beer out of an aluminum can after working in an alumina plant all day long.
1:54 When you’re using a much more powerful microwave than you’re used to and you finally go to check on your food.
I've drank from the same can which has been recycled time after time!
As someone who's been calling it aluminum my entire life. If the Creator called in aluminium in the end. It's aluminum
This is awesome they need to show this to Americans & people who don’t believe in Recycling
there is a pattern in the elements that we see. Magnesium, Sodium etc so I believe it makes more sense to call it aluminium rather than the ridiculous aluminum
На весь мир его производят. Вот бы и собирали на переработку со всего мира.
Hold up, how do the metals that make the furnace not melt from the heat in the furnaces? I understand that aluminum is a soft metal, but for other metals that are harder like iron and copper, how do those temperatures required to melt them not destroy the furnaces themselves?
You figured it out...it's all being faked! :-)
He answered his own statement " the British guy that invented it" whatever the person that invented it called it is correct even if he changed it a few times lol
Nice to see a whole care made of aluminum! 😢
I remember in Charlotte there was a one cent per can machine where you could recycle these cans. It was only for aluminum cans if there had a steel pop top you had to rake it off first for the machine to take it. That was the good old days us kids would walk along the roadside and pick up cans. We could make several bucks a day,
On México you get tax free money if you save your cans and give it to the recycling plant
@Joey Vindictive we use to get 25 cents a pound also sold newspaper
How much is aluminum worth at the scrap yard? Is it actually worth more than a nickel per can?
I still do that now! I scrap all metal that I can find. Copper is the most valuable common metal but it's rare when going scrapping on the streets(well insulated wire is common but doesn't have a lot, not worth stripping). Aluminum though is very common. Entire ditches will be full with cans
There are stores up here in Massachusetts that u take ur aluminum cans and plastic and glass bottles to to recycle them. You get a piece of paper that gives you money back for recycling ur bottles and cans.
seeing those giant ingots of aluminum was so fucking cool dude. that alone was worth the watch
So hold on here, we melt the cans into ingots in the UK, lug it over to German to turn the igot into a thin sheet, then lug it back to the UK again to make cans of it. Isn't that incredibly expensive and inefficient ?
Great viddy: love to see how stuff is done! Just a shame it has to be sent all the way to Germany, then back again!
They do this in usa too. Logan aluminum in kentucky. I work there. They are half owned by novelis. So kinda same company
Now wouldn’t it just be so much easier if people quit being so picky (including me) and just reused the can without all this trouble
I miss the old How It's Made. Simple commentary, chill music. This plays like a reality TV show.
Couldn't agree more. You can't watch any documentary nowadays without inane rock music blaring over the top of the people speaking or the narrator constantly trying to create 'peril' by saying it could blow up, it could crash, everyone could die. I complained to CH4 in the UK that I could not hear the speech due to the loud background music in one of their documentaries, their reply was that I obviously was not their target audience! God help us all!
And if you take your glass bottles, plastic bottles and soda cans to a recycling center/machine you get 5 cents for each in the US. For anyone interested in getting money that have them lying around. I made $150 for doing that. Edit: I don't know how much you get in the UK for each though.
Thanks, I was drinking a can of soda and couldn't help but wonder. Now I know.
You know, I'm aware that it's probably not feasible but I wish we could just refill soda cans and reuse them, I feel like reforging the same cans over and over again is silly somehow.
I had no idea they drank from soda cans in space 👨🚀
Absolutely amazing. How much energy would be saved, if the German factory was in England
Was wondering the same thing. Just get a roller next to where they make the ingots. Such a waste of time otherwise.
@Gavan Duffy Until Putin turns off their gas.
@Kfftfuftur Then listen well. The large block is transported 900kilometer to germany. There it is flattened and rolled up. Then the large reel is transported back to england. Not the small canns, but the large reel. So, yeah, two times 900 kilometer transport of a heavy block. It's silly.
None - its much easier to transport one big ingot than many small cans. and since Germany has a more central position in europe the cans wont have to travel too far.
Here, in San Antonio, Texas. Recycling is not big if you live in apartments/flats buildings. Dumpsters or Rubbish bins are filled with aluminum cans, clean cardboard, glass, and plastics. A very troubling and sad situation indeed.
4:53 that guy has been waiting his whole career to say that😂😂😂
Does that mean a ship can be possibly be recycled and turned back into a can?
Amazing. I am in awe.
Me: **sees recycling is an essential part of our economy and ecosystem** Also me: **starts drinking more beer**