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Quiz: Offset Your Trip!

Date: 18-Jan-10

How many aluminium cans do you need to recycle to offset a ten kilometre journey in an average size car?

b) 6

Recycling just six aluminium cans offsets a 10 kilometre journey in an average size car, according to new information from RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology).

You can go even further if you take public transport, with the offset of recycling six aluminium cans increasing to 17 kilometres if you ride the bus and 25 kilometres if you catch a train.

When you choose drinks in aluminium cans and then recycle the cans, you are reducing your impact on the environment by cutting carbon emissions and reducing waste.

Making aluminium cans from recycled materials uses 95% less energy than producing them from scratch.

Cans are light and easily crushed which makes it really easy to take them home with you if you can't find a recycling bin.

Since Australians first started drinking out of aluminium in the 1970s more than 38 billion cans have been recycled. As aluminium is 100% and infinitely recyclable those cans can go on saving our precious resources for thousands of years.

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