WHY RECYCLE METAL
The scrap recycling industry annually transforms more than 130 million metric tons of obsolete materials from consumers, businesses and manufacturers into useful raw materials. Without scrap recycling, more mining and use of virgin natural resources would be required. Recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions by significantly saving the amount of energy needed to manufacture the products that we buy, build and use. The energy saved by recycling can then be used for other purposes like heating our homes and powering our automobiles.
75% savings in energy
90% savings in raw materials used
86% reduction in air pollution
40% reduction in water use
76% reduction in water pollution
97% reduction in mining wastes
Ferrous Scrap Recycling:
Steel is the most recycled material worldwide. Obsolete ferrous scrap is recovered from automobiles, steel structures, household appliances, railroad tracks, ships, farm equipment and other sources. In addition, scrap generated from industrial and manufacturing sources accounts for approximately half of the ferrous scrap supply.
Nonferrous Scrap Recycling:
Nonferrous metals, including aluminum, copper, lead, nickel, tin, zinc and others, are among the few materials that do not degrade or lose their chemical or physical properties in the recycling process. As a result, nonferrous metals have the capacity to be recycled an infinite number of times. Nonferrous Scrap Metal icludes copper and precious metal circuitry in electronic devices, to soft-drink containers, automobile batteries and radiators, aluminum siding, airplane parts and more.
To Dump or to Recycle?
When dumped in the environment, car bodies can leach toxic chemicals from oil, petrol, diesel, battery acid, coolants and transmission and brake fluids. Cars dumped in rivers can become lethal traps for swimmers and for wildlife and scrap metal dumped in the bush can spontaneously combust causing wildfires. Illegal dumping sites tend to attract additional litter compounding the original problem. Why do people dump scrap metal? Most people dump rubbish to avoid waste disposal charges or to avoid the inconvenience of organising waste removal or taking rubbish to the waste management facility.