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About two-thirds of the aluminum ever made is still in existence. Find out why recycling aluminum makes it virtually indestructible. Watch more at



  1. BlueCraft101 says:

    Lmao I'm just fuckin around. I prefer aluminium myself but I just gotta put it out there that the way people act towards Americans as if they are all the same makes me mad. Not all of us are ignorant 😀

  2. Sheila Decoster, 62, died from asphyxiation after falling head first into a recycling bin at her home in Toledo, Ohio, U.S

    That is all

  3. Nate Hanna says:

    The time is 21:05 and i just realised i haven't wanked today.

  4. Josh Kim says:

    0:53 OPTIMUS PRIME!!!!

  5. Can you just guys quickly review my brothers recycling commercial for his highschool and tell me what you think! its on my channel!

  6. mausalus09 says:

    Its melted to the heat of the sun. If you think any virus or bacteria can withstand that heat you may need to re- evaluate your hygiene thinking methods.

  7. rcmaster1029 says:

    Aluminum isn't magnetic…

  8. David Hicks says:

    There's really no need to separate every scrap of plastic and paper from the load, small amounts will burn off during the melting phase and any contaminates removed with the slag.

  9. T.J. Krooss says:

    Why talk so much about beer? I would love to share this with my middle school students.

  10. yuckyoo says:

    OMG I used to work right across the street from this place.

  11. es posible encontrar este video con subtitulos ……¿subtitles?

  12. Carl Mape says:


  13. This reminds me of wall-e

  14. kakabonito says:

    1:08 now I'm wondering how the hell did they get them inside in the first place?
    the tiny opening in the door?

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  16. Get bent, no one is calling for that.

  17. Goatmon says:



  18. Goatmon says:

    We don't put a second I in it over here in the states. 😛

  19. Goatmon says:

    It is in the States.

  20. do they ever find a dead body in that garbage?

  21. Manacho says:

    Recycling a old iPhone. I want to see that!!

  22. Universal035 says:

    +Discovery TV I seriously thought I could get 500 dollars if I turned in 500 crushed individual cans? My city said its 65 cents a piece.

  23. Mike oone says:

    In 2009, 3.4 million tons of aluminum were generated in the U.S. and .69 million tons were recovered. Over $1.1 billion in aluminum cans were wasted in 2010. That money could create a lot of jobs. 

  24. i would like to see when a police officer suspects something in that truck and opens the back door of the trailer to see what is inside:))

  25. kefkaZZZ says:

    The point about smelters using so much energy is a red herring.  Recycled aluminum must still be smelted and refined.  It is the actual de-oxidation process for transforming aluminum ore that is so energy intensive.

  26. Nice video! Very informative.

  27. Chris R says:

    I am not sure about elsewhere, but in the UK the government doesn't really enforce recycling as much as perhaps it could do. I lose count of the times I find recyclable stuff in our shared bins. The recycling bin meanwhile, lies completely empty except for my rubbish. Maybe it's that we have such an influx of new migrants that they don't understand? I don't know. There's a business there for sure.

  28. VeggeMight says:

    Pitty they cant learn how to pronounce it.

  29. So can someone tell me, how do they clean all the excess liquid that's in the cans? People spit their snuff refuse in cans and stuff, how the hell is it separated/cleaned out!? ahhhh

  30. thank you for this article

  31. I told my grandma you don't Need to rinse them out it's all gonna be melted

  32. people get mad when they see homeless people recycling cans, although this video shows its good to recycle

  33. Im only watching this cause my teacher commaned me HELP ME

  34. Kai Schmidt says:

    The one guy in the video said: "Nothing goes to waste."

    I hope he's melting the aluminium with his excess body heat, because if that's not the case melting down recyclable material, as long as using it and then sending it into the recycling process could have been avoided, is still pretty much energy gone to waste.

  35. Przemysław says:

    Jeżeli ktoś z Was ogląda filmik do zrobienia zadania z moodle na polibudzie poznańskiej, to podaję odpowiedzi: pounds, recyclable, existence, oxygen, stable, reused, steel, removed, crusher, hydraulic, smelter, smelters, greenhouse, required. Jakby co, to polecam włączyć generowane napisy ze słuchu, są całkiem OK.

  36. Straight Up says:

    You get more money per pound for the tab opener

  37. Inbound says:

    how do they purify it from alloys?

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