How long does it take an aluminum can to break down, if improperly disposed of in a landfill? 200-250 years.
What was happening approximately 250 years ago? The Boston Tea Party took place, and the Declaration of Independence was written. Americans throw away enough aluminum every three months to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet. In one year approximately 36 billion aluminum cans are landfilled. According to the EPA, “In 2018, the total recycling rate of aluminum containers and packaging, which includes beverage containers, food containers, foil and other aluminum packaging, was 34.9 percent. Within this number, the most recycled category of aluminum was beer and soft drink cans, at 50.4 percent (0.67 million tons).”