Aluminum cans near San Jose are some of the easiest, and most popular, recyclables to enterrecycle centers. This is due to how easy and cost-effective it is to recycle aluminum cans.
As you can see in this video, about 2/3 of all aluminum ever made is still in circulation. Trucks full of aluminum cans enter a recycle center. The massive piles are inspected for any non-aluminum products, which are removed. Then, the cans go onto a conveyer belt where they are smashed and compacted into rectangular bales. Lastly, the bales are taken to be fired and melted down. The aluminum is created into similar cans that then enter the market for consumers to buy. Recycling professionals estimate that an aluminum can will be sorted, melted, reformed, and back on consumer shelves within 2 to 3 months.