Good Lord, the morons have managed to screw up even the part of the recycling process that makes economic sense!
Curious to find out what happens to my old beer cans, I asked the spokesman for the German recycling company. He rang me back within days and with enthusiasm. “They are compressed with other things and made into park benches!”
Beer cans are aluminium. Making virgin aluminium requires huge amounts of energy (to the extent that by preference you site your aluminium plants next to a hydro-electric dam which is specially built for you to site your aluminium plant next to) but recycling old beer cans requires a great deal less.
Recycling one aluminum beverage can save enough electricity to: power a TV for three hours, or a 100-watt light bulb for four hours. Recycling 40 aluminum beverage cans has the energy-saving equivalent of one gallon of gasoline. It takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than to start at the beginning mining the bauxite. Recycling that beverage can reduces effluents and emissions by 95 percent creating a more sustainable future.
So, instead of doing that these idiots are pressing them into park benches which no one then uses.