An aluminum can is a container for packaging made primarily of aluminum. It is commonly used for foods and beverages but also for products such as oil, chemicals, and other liquids. The common 12-ounce-size can weighs 15 grams when empty. Use of aluminum in cans began in 1957.

The advantages of aluminum over steel (tinplated) cans include:

  • Light weight

  • Competitive cost

  • Usage of easy-open aluminum ends: no need for a can opener

  • Clean appearance

  • Aluminum does not rust

Aluminum cans are often made with recycled aluminum; approximately 68% of a standard North American can is recycled aluminum. Cans are the most recycled beverage container, at a rate of 69% worldwide.

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