Despite its popularity in kitchens and industrial manufacturing sites, aluminum is a very scarce resource. The price of aluminum has risen so much recently, that it's caught the attention of major news outlets [source: Stablum]. If you want an aluminum countertop, which can be desirable for its appearance, durability and ease of cleaning, try looking into recycled aluminum.
Several companies offer recycled-aluminum countertops made from the scraps of industrially exploited aluminum. These countertops come in a variety of colors, with some companies offering as many as 12 different shades. Although the counters have a natural gloss, an artificial gloss is often available as an additional option.
The downside to aluminum countertops is that kitchen knives will easily scratch them, and this can allow food and bacteria to build up, so using a chopping board is always a good idea.
According to the Nebraska Energy Office, recycled aluminum costs as much as 95 percent less than original aluminum. Per square foot, recycled aluminum spans a range of prices, from as little as $39 to as much as $95 [source: Sunset magazine].