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I've heard that pop/beer tabs are higher grade aluminum than the cans? Answered

Is it true?  If so, can they be separated and recycled at a higher value than the cans?

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Kiteman

Best Answer 8 years ago

The ends and tabs of a can may be a different thickness, but the value for recycling is no different.


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DJ Radio

8 years ago

The tabs are not as malleable as the cans themselves.  I'm guessing that it's true.

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steveastroukDJ Radio

Answer 8 years ago

That's because they are work hardened to make them, doesn't change the alloy

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DJ Radiosteveastrouk

Answer 8 years ago

How do you know it has to be the same metal as the lid?

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steveastroukDJ Radio

Answer 8 years ago

The lids are made of 5182, its stiffer and contains more magnesium than the body, which is probably made from 3104 alloy. 5182 is a much stiffer alloy than 3104.

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steveastrouk

8 years ago

It has to be the same metal as the lid.

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NachoMahma

8 years ago

.  Google is your friend.
.  I'm guessing that it is the same Al alloy as used in the cans. Even if it's a different alloy, it would take a whole lot of tabs to even equal a pound, much less the ton-sized lots you'll need to pay for separating the tabs.