Biology Question #1911

Mike Delie, a 23 year old male from Menomonie asks on February 16, 2004,

I'm doing a senior project on recycling, and I'm curious if it uses more energy to mine and convert aluminum into metal than it does to recycle it. This might help me find other ways of using recycled aluminum.

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The answer

Barry Shell answered on February 19, 2004

It takes 20 times the energy to mine and smelt new aluminum than to recycle it.

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