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What are they doing with these aluminum cans? Answered

  OK.  I go to several different scrap yards.  I have noticed at this particular one, that they do not crush their cans.  I didn't give it much thought till today.
   As you can see in the photo, they store their cans, in bags, in the back.  The people that came to get the cans are putting them into bigger bags and packing them into a huge box truck very tightly as if they are going to fill with as many as they can.  Not like it is just going across town.
  If these cans are to go to another state for a higher redemption price,  don't machines read the bar codes to prevent that?
  Also, the truck had a license plate from Sonora, Mexico.  Although that is pretty common around here, that may be part of the reason.
  ??????

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Best Answer 11 years ago

.  I've heard (but do not know if it's actually true) that many recycling stations will not accept crushed cans because it is easier to detect rocks and other heavy contaminants with uncrushed ones. Something about the weight/density - all 30-gallon bags of uncrushed cans will weigh pretty close to the same (the average density of the cans is pretty constant). Since every crusher doesn't do the same amount of crushing, it's hard for a station worker to determine if the increased weight/density is due to the crushing or a handful of rocks.
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.  I would think that crushing before transporting would be more economical, but I really have no idea.

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sabastople
sabastople

10 years ago

I have been into a beer distribution plant,( in Canada) and they are required by law to accept returned beer cans from battle depots. They all come in the large fabric bags and are weighed to confirm the contents. Then they are crushed into blocks called biscuits and shipped to the smelter for a new life.

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onrust
onrust

Answer 10 years ago

  I think that these got driven in a truck to another state for more $.

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onrust
onrust

11 years ago

WOW!  I never would have thought all that.   You guys are great and you make it most difficult to select a best answer with all the additional info that gets tossed in.....................THANK YOU ALL

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acidbass
acidbass

11 years ago

 nacho is right i used to recycle cans and the yard i went to did the same thing the yard i went to  also did not take crumpled aluminum sheets because the rock prob

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jeff-o
jeff-o

11 years ago

They're probably being sent to an aluminum recycling plant.  There they'll be shredded, washed, and melted down into aluminum blocks to be used again.

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Re-design
Re-design

Answer 11 years ago

Sometimes trucking costs are less than buying a machine to compress them to use fewer trips.

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jeff-o
jeff-o

Answer 11 years ago

It's true, at least in the short term.  Sadly, this is how many businesses operate:  always in the short term.