The journey begins when old aluminum cans are taken to an aluminum reclamation plant where they are shredded into potato-chip sized pieces and fed into a melting furnace. The molten aluminum is gradually hardened into rectangular slabs and then formed into thin sheets. The reclaimed metal is most often used to produce new aluminum cans. This is an example of closed-loop recycling where the initial product/material is remade into the same product.
Aluminum does not lose significant quality over time, so recycling it is a smart and environmentally efficient practice.