Coast-to-coast, there are about 10,000 locations that buy aluminum, making it easy for Americans to redeem their used beverage cans for cash. In fact, recycling aluminum cans is a $1 billion/year industry in this country. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television for three hours. A Day in the Life of a Recycled Can. Customer takes can to a recycling center or puts it into a recycling bin. The can is transported to a processing facility. A giant magnet lifts out cans that are made of metals such steel. Since aluminum cans arent magnetic, they drop down to a conveyor belt and are gathered. The aluminum is shredded, washed and turned into aluminum chips. The chips are melted in a large furnace. The melted aluminum is poured into molds called "ingots." The ingots are taken to a factory where theyre melted into rolls of thin, flat sheets. From the sheets, manufacturers make new products, including new beverage cans, pie pans, license plate frames, and aluminum foil. Beverage companies fill the cans and deliver them to grocery stores for customers to purchase. Customers take used cans to a recycling center and the process starts all over again.