Aluminum cans are the most expensive item in your blue box. One pound of aluminum makes approximately 29.51 cans. At June 2009 prices that works out to $0.023 per can.
Ontario has no return/refund program for aluminum cans and the cost of collecting your aluminum cans and taking it to the scrap metal recycler might not be worth it. However every aluminum can should be recycled.
It takes 95% less energy to make a new aluminum can from a recycled aluminum can. Throwing away a single aluminum can is like pouring out 0.03 liters of gasoline.
In Toronto the Knox United Church collects aluminum cans and sells it to a scrap metal recycler. The proceeds are given to habitat for humanity. This might be a better cause than helping your local municipality make money from your
As for 2L pop bottles each bottle is make of 0.114640 pounds of PET plastic. The amount of plastic in a 2L pop bottle is $0.039.
Prices for Recyclables
What recyclable commodities sell for:
High $2,209 a tonne in July;
Low $1,089 in January.
High $434 a tonne in March; Low of $53 a tonne in November ($66 in January).
High $169 a tonne in August; Low $38 a tonne in January.
High $77 a tonne in March; Low $3 a tonne in January.
High $416 a tonne in July; Low $31 a tonne in November ($44 in January).
-Plastic Tubs and Lids
High $295 a tonne in September; Low $6 a tonne in January.
Source: CSR Composite Index, Ontario Spot Market Price Trends for January 2009