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  • Mona Twocats
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 5, 2001
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      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
      <http://www.cnn.com/2001/NATURE/01/03/brazil.recycle.ap/index.html>

      do good: Tell Coke and the U.S. Congress to get off their duffs
      about recycling
      <http://www.gristmagazine.com/grist/dogood/waste.stm#coke>
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