Prices paid for aluminum cans in Evansville have declined since February of 2011, when they ranged from 45 to 62 cents per pound. The current rates are from 40 to 47 cents per pound, still making it worth the trip to haul a trunk-load of cans to the recycling center. The rate paid fluctuates with the market, so if price is important, it would be best to call ahead on the day the cans will be taken to the facility to confirm the current rate. One pound is approximately the weight of 24 to 28 aluminum cans.
The following is a list of aluminum can recycling facilities in the Evansville area, along with the amount paid per pound of aluminum recycled. The prices shown below are current as of Aug. 29, 2012.
- Allied Waste Laubscher Meadows landfill. Landfill location: St. Joseph Avenue just north of Meier Road in Vanderburgh County. Phone: (812) 424-3345. Open from 5:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday and from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Price: No cash payment.
- Henry Fligeltaub Company. Location: 1600 Grove Street in Evansville. Phone: (812) 423-6219 or (812) 305-4934. Open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and closed for lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Price: 45 cents per pound.
- Material Recycling, Inc. Location: 2340 N. Burkhardt Road in Evansville. Phone: (812) 476-6422. Open from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday and from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Price: 45 cents per pound.
- RockTenn. Location: 1520 N. Fifth Avenue in Evansville. Phone: (812) 425-6279. Open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Price: 47 cents per pound.
- Tri-State Resource Recovery. Location: 1500 Read Street in Evansville. Phone: (812) 422-4193. Open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday and from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Price: 45 cents per pound.
- Trockman & Sons. Location: Intersection of U.S. 41 S & Bayse Avenue in Evansville. Phone: (812) 425-5271. Open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Price: 40 cents per pound.
- Veolia Environmental Services. Location: 12900 Warrick County Line Road in Vanderburgh County. Phone: (812) 868-1100. The dumpster for recycling aluminum cans is located at the entrance to the parking lot. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Price: No cash payment.
- Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve. Location: 551 N. Boeke Road in Evansville. Phone: (812) 479-0771. The recycling facility is a brick building next to the nature center. A small window opening is provided for depositing cans, which must be clean. Open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., seven days a week. Price: No cash payment, but proceeds benefit the Wesselman Nature Society programs that promote environmental education efforts.
Aluminum can recycling facts. Aluminum cans are the most recycled beverage containers and are recycled at more than twice the rate of any other beverage container. Just over 65 percent of all aluminum beverage containers were recycled in 2011, which amounted to 61 billion cans, according to figures provided by the Aluminum Can Association, Can Manufacturers Institute, and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, in a joint news release, dated Aug. 28, 2012. It takes 95 percent less energy to produce a can from recycled rather than new materials, which also reduces pollution and conserves resources. At present, 68 percent of every aluminum beverage can is made from recycled material. The amount of aluminum cans recycled increased 7 percent between 2010 and 2011 partly because more used cans were imported from other countries, including Mexico and Canada.
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