When someone thinks of recycling, the first object that probably comes into his mind is a water bottle. While water bottles are very important to recycle, recycling soda cans can save much of the world’s aluminum for later needs or other uses. The aluminum can making companies in the United States reclaim around 63% of their previously made cans. In a country where it is claimed that over 100 billion soda cans are produced a year, 63% greatly helps. In this industry, they waste little metal because scraps left over from shaping cans can be used in other cans.
One of the bigger problems from aluminum soda cans comes from the shipping of various metals from other countries over seas. Another issue is the space taken up by the non-recycled cans in our world’s landfills. These landfills affect all people nearby and even further. I know my neighborhood set up a recycling system a year or two ago, and my parents were very excited to help out in this little way. It is our responsibility to help keep our planet clean. I understand how people don’t want to spend multiple days planting trees or volunteering in other ways to help out, but just recycling by putting cans or bottles into a different container does not take much extra effort. We wouldn’t need to go searching for as many areas to destroy to gain resources. This is our planet to lose, but being able to be lazy is not worth ruining our planet for future generations.