Does An Empty Aluminum Can Weigh More If It's Crushed?


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Rena Chisholm Profile
Rena Chisholm answered
No, it still weighs the same, but you sure can get more cans in the recycling bin!
So I believe it is a bonus to go ahead and crush them. That means less trips to the recycling center and less money spent on gas to get you there and back.
It's a win, win situation.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
No, lets say you have a piece of paper, you fold it up and its still paper with the same weight. Its only a physical change not a chemicle change. Same thing goes for cans.
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Anonymous answered
Using a very nice high dollar scale at a company I worked for, and several soda cans of different "flavors", I found that aluminum cans actually weighed more when they are NOT crushed. The only thing I'm wondering is if maybe the slightest bit of air that is trapped inside added weight??? Also, maybe some of the cans could have still had a drip or two of soda in them?? Let's just say this was not an experiment that involved billions of dollars of government bailout money!
Mike skinner Profile
Mike skinner answered
No way... Unless you add something to the can it is physically impossible for its weight to change just by crushing it.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Man, are you guys serious ! ??
That's like asking "will my coffee taste the same if I pour some away ?"
or "will a tennis ball bounce higher if I change it's color by painting it blue ?"
and believe me, it took a few minutes to think those questions up..
Come on guys think !  Before you ask silly questions yeah ?
Otherwise, your just letting the side down and making yourself look very stupid.

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