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Solid Waste Material Data Sheet

Aluminum Containers 
Category: Metal
Activity Type: Recycling
  • Management Issues: Typically commingled with other containers and/or recyclables, aluminum cans are separated at most recycling facilities through the use of an eddy current magnet system. According to wikipedia, circulating eddies of current have inductance and thus induce magnetic fields. These fields can cause repulsive, attractive, propulsion and drag effects. Eddy currents in recycling facilities are used to force aluminum cans to jump off a conveyor into a dedicated hopper. Below is a video of an example of a eddy current can separator used on aluminum cans.

    Most aluminum cans are recycled into new alumunum cans and are market to the beverage industry.

  • Handling Tips: Rinse thoroughly (no residue allowed) prior to recycling.
  • Mandated Recycling: If generated in Morris County, this material is required to be separated at the source by the waste generator and ultimately recycled. The material may not be mixed with garbage and additionally, materials mandated to be source separated and recycled cannot be separated from disposables by anyone or any facility but the generator at the site where the recyclables and disposables are generated.  A materials recovery facility may not perform separation of recyclables from disposables on behalf of the waste generator.
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Facilities That Manage Aluminum Containers

Pounds Per Unit Conversions

  • Each Cubic Yard weighs 74.02 pounds.
  • Each Cubic Yard-Compacted weighs 500 pounds.
  • Each Pound weighs 1 pounds.
  • Each Ton weighs 2000 pounds.