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Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Aluminum is pretty amazing. Not only is it naturally non-toxic and durable, but of the most commonly recycled materials, aluminum is the only material that is infinitely recyclable. What this means is that once produced, it can be recycled over and over and over without any loss in quality. What are the other qualities and abilities of this miracle metal?
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Today's Random Fact:
Aluminum is the third most common element in the Earth's crust and the most abundantly available metal on Earth. Two-thirds of the aluminum ever produced is still in use today.
Aluminum is very difficult to refine from its natural form. A method wasn't discovered until 1825, and for decades it was so expensive that aluminum was worth more than gold.
The top of the Washington Monument is capped with an 8.9-inch aluminum pyramid. The aluminum cap initially served as the apex of the monument's lightning rod.
Around the United States, aluminum is recycled 50 percent of the time compared to glass and plastic, which are reprocessed less than 25 percent. In a mere 60 days, an aluminum can is recycled, turned into a new can, and back on a store shelf.
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