Decorating aluminum—do you know?

Whether you decorate aluminum or are thinking of decorating aluminum, there are a few important things that Rob Day of Tonejet wants you to know.

An aluminum can not decorated by plastic label or sleeve.

His main point is that decorating, say, aluminum cans with plastic labels or shrink sleeves is not a good idea from a recycling perspective. And why so? Because aluminum is a readily recyclable material, . . .  “with over 75 % of all the aluminum ever produced still in use today.”

Apparently plastic labels and sleeves on cans cause damage and safety problems for recycling workers in addition to diluting the value of the aluminum. Some jurisdictions are beginning to ban the use of plastic labels and sleeves on aluminum cans; Quebec is one example.

Two more interesting facts about aluminum drink cans:

      • They can be recycled and back on the store shelf in as few as 60 days.
    • It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than it does to produce it from raw materials.

This is just some of the important information you need to know if you’re considering aluminum can decorating. You have more home work to do.