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Aluminum

Aluminum
Aluminum is one of nature’s great recycling success stories. Aluminum is completely, endlessly recyclable. One pound of aluminum makes approximately 30 cans; using recycled aluminum uses 95% less energy than mining new bauxite ore for new aluminum. It’s one packaging product you can feel good about using, and reusing.

Reduce | Reuse | Recycle | Facilities

How do I go green?

Reduce

In this particular case, choosing aluminum cans may be a better option than plastic bottles when choosing a soft drink or juice, as recycling options are easier on the environment and longer lasting. Recycling aluminum does not involve downcycling—an old can is made into a new can, over and over, unlike plastic, which is usually remade into a lower quality plastic. Still, it’s best to use only what you need.

Reuse

Wash and reuse aluminum foil and foil baking pans; use cans to store hardware or crafts or to make children’s art projects.

Recycle

Clean aluminum cans, pie plates and foil can go in your curbside CRD Blue Box.  Wash these when doing the dishes!  You may also take these and other aluminum items to the metal recycling facilities listed below.
Aluminum cans, foil, foil containers and wrap, pie plates and specific aerosol containers are now accepted as part of the new Multi-Materials BC (MMBC) Packaging and Printed Paper product stewardship program.  These materials can be taken, free of charge, to the facilities listed here.  See above for the criteria for curbside collection.

Facilities

  • A&P Disposal & Recycling

    6220 Marilyn Road
    Sooke
    250.642.4456

  • Alpine Disposal & Recycling

    1045 Dunford Ave.
    Langford
    250.474.5145

  • Brentwood Auto & Metal Recyclers

    7481 West Saanich road
    Saanichton
    250.665.7282

  • Darryl's and James's Digs

    103 East Point Road
    Saturna Island
    250.539.3385

  • DL's Recycling Centre

    6844 Oldfield Rd
    Saanichton
    250.544.3103

  • Ellice Recycle

    524 David Street
    Victoria
    250.386.4342

  • H.L. Disposal & Lawn Services Ltd.

    334 Hillside Ave
    Victoria
    250.381.2020

  • Hartland Depot

    1 Hartland Avenue
    Victoria
    250.360.3030

  • Laurie's Recycling & Integrated Resource Mgmt. Inc / Laurie's Garbage & Recycling

    295 Park Drive
    Salt Spring Island
    250.653.9279

  • Mayne Island Recycling Depot

    390 Campbell Bay Road
    Mayne Island
    250.539.3383

  • Pender Island Recycling Depot

    4400 Otter Bay Road
    Pender Island
    250.629.6962

  • Pender Island Waste Management Ltd

    PO Box 26
    Pender Island
    250.629.6690

  • Salt Spring Island Recycling Depot

    349 Rainbow Road
    Salt Spring Island
    250.537.1200

  • Saturna Island Recycling Depot

    101 Harris Road
    Saturna Island
    250.539.8080

  • Schnitzer

    307 David Street
    Victoria
    250.381.5865

  • Sooke Disposal Ltd.

    No drop off depot.
    Sooke
    250.642.3646

  • The Environmental Story

    Aluminum is made from strip mined bauxite ore, using sodium hydroxide and extremely high temperatures. The highest reserves of bauxite are found in Guinea, Australia, Vietnam and Jamaica, but the supply is not endless and aluminum is one of the most difficult metals to refine. Because of the amount of energy needed to create new aluminum, as well as the acidification problems associated with its production, recycling aluminum is far easier on the environment.