- THAT CAN-DO SPIRIT
Industry experts say Brazil will recycle about 80 percent of the 9.5 billion
aluminum cans sold in the country in 2000, putting it on pace to match
Japan's trend-setting rate of 79 percent in 1999. By comparison, the U.S.
recycled 63 percent of its cans in 1999 and Europe as a whole recycled 41
percent. The boom in Brazilian recycling is due in large part to
enterprising Brazilians who collect carelessly littered cans in cities and
towns throughout the country. Recycling cans has become a $110
million-a-year industry employing about 150,000 Brazilians, according to the
Brazil Aluminum Association. Producing a ton of aluminum from scratch
requires 16,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity, while using old cans requires
only 750 kilowatt-hours.
straight to the source: CCN.com, Associated Press, 03 Jan 2001
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