Why Craft Beer In Cans Has Become More Common
Canned beer advocates often claim that aluminum cans are the greener vessel because aluminum is lighter, which makes for a smaller carbon footprint from transportation than glass. And it’s more likely to be recycled. Recycling aluminum offers big-time energy savings when it comes to producing the next round of aluminum cans.
Cans are recycled 68% more than glass
Recycling 100 bottles takes much more energy than to recycle 100 cans
Glass requires more energy to transport than aluminum does, but if you transport a ton of glass by rail (a common method) to get it recycled, you can transport it 9,000 miles before the emissions from fuel use by the railroad equal the benefit of getting that glass to a recycling plant. Even though glass has lowest benefit per ton you can still ship it 9,000 miles. By comparison, you can ship aluminum 450,000 miles by rail before you hit the break-even point.
Recycled aluminum requires 95 per cent less energy and produces 95 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions than manufacturing new aluminum
Americans landfill $2 billion worth of aluminum every year!
Bottom line: Recycle your cans and bottles.