On September 27th, National Crush a Can Day is also known as National Crush Day. The day will take time to promote the benefits of recycling to the whole country. In the United States, aluminum cans are the second-largest recycled material after steel. Not only is aluminum 100% recyclable, but the energy required to recycle old cans into new cans has also been reduced by 95%. However, we still throw away more than 1 million tons of aluminum every year. Unlike some recyclables, aluminum can be recycled repeatedly.
History of National Crush a Can Day
The origin of canned food can be traced back to 1795 when Napoleon entrusted 12,000 francs to anyone who could devise a method of preserving food for his army and navy. Nicolas Alpert (was a Frenchman) created the sterilization process, paving the way for canned food. Only nine years later, a British businessman named Peter Durand obtained a patent from King George III for preserving food in tin cans. In the United States in 1819, canned food was introduced into New York City and rapidly it became very popular.
Once tin cans were widely used from tuna to motor oil. This can is very popular because it is easy to form, can withstand carbonation pressure, is lighter, and does not rust. However, in 1970, which was also the first year of Earth Day, recycling began to receive more attention. Today in the United States, 105,784 aluminum cans can be recycled every minute, and the overall recycling rate is close to 50%, the highest of all beverage containers. Due to the unlimited recyclability of aluminum, 75% of all aluminum produced is still in circulation. This means that on average, aluminum cans contain 73% recycled content. Compared with the production of the same cans from raw materials, the energy used to make cans from old cans is reduced by 90%, and the emissions produced are reduced by 90%. Therefore, please remember to recycle your cans and do your best to keep our planet clean!
The Tradition of the Day
National Shattering Day mainly refers to aluminum cans, but the bigger picture is to pay more attention to our carbon footprint and reduce global waste in order to achieve a sustainable future. Activists, organizations, and governments have all participated in the environmental sustainability movement and advocated for small lifestyle changes that will lead to huge changes. The convenient three Rs, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle are the mantras of the day, and are very encouraging and effective in encouraging good practices, such as turning off the faucet and using metal straws when brushing your teeth. Clean-up activities and fundraising activities are hosted by relevant groups at the local and national levels.
Observance of National Crush a Can Day
Celebrate the day by crushing cans and taking them to the repurchase center for recycling. In addition to crushing the cans in your home, you can also look around for garbage cans for recycling. Not only will you clean up your community, but you will also make money! Some people like to press cans on their heads, but we don’t recommend this. It is best to crush them by stepping on them or using a can crusher.
Some Interesting Facts
If all the aluminum cans recovered in 2010 are connected end to end, they can circle the earth 169 times.
Approximately 65% of aluminum is recycled in the United States.
In the United States, 105,800 cans are recycled every minute.
By recycling a can of energy saved, your TV can run for 3 hours.
In 2022, the value of an aluminum can is approximately 1.7 cents.
The industry pays more than $1 billion annually for recycling tanks.
National Crush a Can Day Activities
Start a Campaign
Start a campaign to ensure that everyone you know is doing their part to protect the environment. Become a recycling advocate by persuading your friends and family to recycle their used metals.
Enjoy Recycling Fun
Remember to “kick” the jar? How about “crushing” the jar? Before they enter the recycling bin, let the children step on these aluminum cans together to make recycling fun.
Become an Advocate
Research the recycling policy in your area and become an advocate for stronger recycling laws. Help your local elected officials understand the need for recycling.
National Crush Day 2022: Quotes, Wishes
- If you laid all the aluminum cans recycled in 2010 end to end, they could circle the earth 169 times.
- The U.S. recycles about 65% of its aluminum.
- In America, 105,800 cans are recycled every minute.
- Your television can run for 3 hours from the energy saved by recycling one can.
- In 2019, an aluminum can was worth about 1.7 cents.
- The industry pays more than $1 billion annually for recycled cans.
In modern society, it is difficult to imagine a world without cans. They are so common and necessary. They are actually one of the oldest food preservation methods, decades earlier than Mason jars. National Crush a Can Day aims to raise awareness of the need for recycling.