The Magic of

Can Recycling

Embark on a journey
that never ends


The first step is to collect the cans. If they’re not collected, then they can’t be recycled.


Cans go to a sorting center, where they’re separated from other materials using eddy currents.

Bailing Up

Separated cans are baled up into large, heavily compressed cubes and sent to a recycling plant.


Bales of cans are shredded into smaller pieces. Any steel particle left is removed with the help of a regular magnet and aluminium is then further isolated by electric currents called Foucault’s or Eddy currents.


The shreds are heated so the decoration can be removed by blown air. The energy released by this process is recovered therefore minimizing the initial input of energy.

Ingot Casting

At the recycling facility cans are melted and shaped into huge aluminum blocks. No rocket science here, just re-melting!


The blocks are rolled into thin sheets and coils, from which they’re made into new cans.


Beverage cans are manufactured by shaping aluminum into a cylindrical shape.

Beverage cans

Cans are printed at tremendous speed with extreme accuracy. They are now ready to be filled and put back on store shelves.


The whole process is incredibly quick – old beverage cans become new cans in as little as 60 days of being collected. And the aluminum can technically be recycled over and over again, forever.


The Endless

Once sold, emptied and placed in a recycling bin, drinks cans make the same journey over and over again – forever!

There’s no loss of quality, and recycling delivers energy savings of 94% compared with a can made from virgin aluminum. Over time, that’s a huge environmental benefit.