Recycling is just one way every person can do their part to keep America beautiful. Of all the materials we commonly recycle like plastic, glass, and aluminum, the recycle process for aluminum is the easiest. Aluminum is 100% recyclable and it does not lose any of its properties when it is recycled. Did you know that nearly 75% of all aluminum produced is still in use today? That is an amazing fact!
The United States and Canada recycle more than 5 million tons of aluminum cans every year. Aluminum cans were not available until 1965. Prior to that cans were steel coated with a thin layer of tin, tin-plated, to prevent the cans from corroding. The first tin foil, was made actually made of tin but it gave food that it was wrapped in a “tinny” flavor.
By 1926 the U.S. Foil Company introduced aluminum foil which was less expensive and lightweight. The foil we use today is aluminum foil even though some people still refer to it as tin foil. Though tin and aluminum are a similar color, they are very different in their properties. MHHM’s collection contains objects made from tin and the metals bronze and pewter, which contain tin.
Join us on Facebook Live from Macculloch Hall to hear the stories: The Tin Forest by Helen Ward and Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel.
For more history of the tin can, visit https://www.cancentral.com/can-stats/history-of-the-can
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