When thinking about recycling you need to know how the manufacturing of aluminum products impact the environment. The mining of Bauxite ore, which is used to make aluminum, can be the cause of deforestation, as well as a threat to living creatures, erosion, and pollution. The refining process in the production of aluminum can cause another set of problems. The process uses very large amounts of electricity, which requires hydro-electric plants, and these plants destroy very large areas of land and mess with natural rivers and other ecosystems. Also, in the production of aluminum there is pollution to both surface and ground water from the chemicals produced in the process, and the chemicals can also be caustic. It can take from 200 to 500 years for an aluminum can to breakdown in a landfill. When aluminum is recycled the mining and refining of the product is greatly reduced. Recycling will also help to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills, which will keep waste from destroying the land and ecosystems. Aluminum is actually 100 percent recyclable which means that the impact of recycling can be enormous. By recycling you are helping to save land, wildlife, and the health of future generations.
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