In the heat of summer and during festivals, people pick up hundreds of thousands of metal beverage containers – or as everyone calls them: beer cans – in order to pour the “liquid bread” into themselves. Not much attention is paid to the packaging, although we can certainly tell you a few interesting things about the box that you may be holding.
Conscious consumers may also like the sleeping box because it is perfectly recyclable. If it is not always the most convenient choice, it is one of the best from a sustainability point of view, and this aspect is becoming more important every day. The aluminum box is not for the trash, and the selective trash can is not the best place for it. Aluminum is a valuable raw material – it is one of the most valuable of recyclable materials, so it also requires special treatment.
Did you know that beverage cans similar to today’s appeared in the 1930s, almost 100 years ago?
Due to the expensive nature of aluminum, they were still typically made of tin, and a hole had to be punched in the top with a special opening tool. The disposable opening tab only became popular at the end of the 1950s, but this was not only environmentally polluting, but also dangerous – consumers often threw the tab into the box, which could easily get stuck in their throats. We had to wait until the end of the 1970s for the opening mechanism that is still known today. The material of the boxes has also changed, since in the 1960s they switched from tin to aluminum, which is light, easy to shape, perfectly recyclable, and does not allow light or odors to pass through.
Did you know that more than 250 billion new aluminum cans are made every year in the world? That’s an amazing number! If you stacked these many, many boxes on top of each other, it would be a column so tall that it would reach the moon and back 75 times. In Hungary alone, 1.1 billion sub-boxes are sold annually. This means more than 2000 pieces per minute! So, while you are reading this article, more than ten thousand sub-boxes have found a home.
The box you are holding has probably been with you more than once! The aluminum box can be reused countless times and the recycled box is no different from its counterparts made from the original raw material. All sub-boxes are recyclable, regardless of size or shape.
Recycling – Beer can insulation
Did you know that an aluminum can is reborn in an average of 60 days? That’s roughly how long it takes to put an empty can back on the shelves, full of your favorite drink. Think of it like you have a refillable water bottle.
The cigarette box can be recycled very simply and energy-efficiently. If it is made anew, it consumes a lot of energy, but if it is made by reusing an old box, the required energy is reduced to 5 percent of the original. This saving of 95 percent is enough to operate a laptop or a TV for 3 hours even with a single box.
Did you know that you can already use 200 aluminum box reverse automatic machines across the country?
This is better than selective collection, because you don’t have to sort, the boxes are returned to circulation faster, easier and cheaper. As part of the Minden Doboz Visszárjár program, you can drop off your empty boxes in many places – whether you collect them at home, at work, on the beach or while on vacation. What’s more, you’ll even get money back in the form of a redeemable coupon! Since March 2022, we can even help others if we drop off the empty boxes at a vending machine: thanks to the cooperation between Minden Doboz Visszajár and the Hungarian Maltese Charity Service, as well as SPAR Hungary, some vending machines also allow the amount to be donated to charity.
Source: Napidoktor by napidoktor.hu.
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