The Aluminum Association believes that all options should be part of the conversation to increase recycling and prevent aluminum cans from going to landfills thereby saving important resources. Aluminum is infinitely recyclable, and it is possible for a can to be transformed into a new one in less than 60 days. As an industry, we have set a target to reach a 75 percent recycling rate for aluminum cans by 2015. In 2011, the can recycling rate was 65.1 percent. This is good progress, but more work needs to be done. There is evidence that states with strong deposit laws have much higher rates of recycling than those without such laws. We look forward to being a part of this ongoing dialogue.
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The Aluminum Association, based in Arlington, Virginia, works globally to aggressively promote aluminum as the most sustainable and recyclable automotive, packaging and construction material in today's market. The Association represents U.S. and foreign-based primary producers of aluminum, aluminum recyclers and producers of fabricated products, as well as industry suppliers. Member companies operate more than 200 plants in the United States, with many conducting business worldwide.