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Pop tab recycling

Aluminum is one of the most valuable recyclable items. Upwards of 75% of all aluminum that has ever been produced in the U.S. is still being used today for aerosol products, soda cans, paint cans, and many other tools and products.

Aluminum tabs are fully recyclable at Cohen. Bring them in today!


How Does Recycling Aluminum Help Save The Environment?

The more aluminum that is recycled, the less material manufacturers need to produce. Since the production of aluminum generates many toxins and releases plenty of harmful chemicals into our atmosphere, recycling can significantly reduce the negative environmental impact.

Also, aluminum has unlimited life cycles, and because of this, the value is extraordinary compared to other scrap metals and materials.

In the recycling industry, this never-ending reuse pattern is referred to as a “true closed loop.”


Are Aluminum Pop Tabs Biodegradable?

No, aluminum is not biodegradable.

However, its components can disintegrate. 

For a material to be biodegradable, it must be able to be broken down or decomposed by microorganisms. Because of the fact that it takes so long for aluminum to degrade (hundreds of years), it cannot be technically classified as biodegradable.


How Many Pop Tabs Equal a Pound?

Around 1,550 Aluminum Tabs = 1 Pound


How Do I Collect & Save Aluminum Cans & Tabs Properly?

  1. Purchase an aluminum can crusher
  2. Twist off the pop tab
  3. Crush the cans
  4. Place the crushed cans and tabs in separate plastic totes
  5. Bring them to Cohen for proper recycling. 

Also, If you don’t want to crush them, we’ll take them in any form.


What is Scrap Aluminum Worth?


  • The high and consistent demand for aluminum dictates its high, but fluctuating, recycling value. 
  • The cost of using new material costs 90% more than reusing the aluminum you recycle.  


Next Steps

By recycling our pop tabs, we’re taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint and promoting a healthier environment for us all. 


Let Cohen properly recycle your pop tabs.