We all know how important it is to reduce the amount of waste we generate. In fact, there are oodles of blogs, podcasts, and T.V. programs out there that are meant to help people live more sustainable lifestyle. Scrap metals are waste materials that can be easily kept out of landfills, especially since they are so easy to recycle. From soda cans to semi-trucks, each year more than 150 million tons of scrap metal is recycled in the United States alone. On a more individual level, recycling a couple of soda cans or a leftover bit of wire might not seem like a big deal but every little helps! Read on to learn about how recycling metal offers multiple benefits economically and environmentally.

  • Recycling Metals Is Better for the Earth than Mining:

Mining takes a toll on the earth. Large amounts of forested lands are cleared to mine metals, displacing wildlife and people. Trees are cut down and explosives are often used to clear the top layers of soil. Vast areas start resembling a dystopian, postapocalyptic movie set in a few months. Toxic chemicals are permanently leeched into the ground as ore is extracted and purified. When the mine has eventually been depleted, it takes decades for the landscape to start recovering – if ever. Additionally, using scrap metal instead of virgin ore also generates 97% less mining waste.

Recycling metals is like mining the surface of the planet. It involves segregating scrap metal from homes, businesses, and industries and delivering it to scrapyards to be recycled. No displacement of wildlife and people or explosives necessary! 

  • Metals Can be Recycled Infinitely:

Unlike paper, cardboard, or cloth where the fibres of the material degrade the more often they are recycled, metals can be recycled almost infinitely without any loss in quality. Metals can be re-melted and reshaped into new products as often as needed. This means that there is no need to send most metals to occupy space in already-overcrowded landfills.

  • Saves Energy:

The process of mining consumes huge amounts of energy every step of the way, right from extracting ores from deep underground to purifying and smelting them into usable forms like sheets and rods. The process of recycling metals from scrap consumes much less energy than mining. The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) reports that producing new steel from recycled content requires 60 percent less energy and reduces CO2 emissions by 58 percent compared with producing steel from virgin materials while recycled aluminum saves up to 95 percent of the energy needed to manufacture aluminum products from virgin materials. This results in a lower carbon footprint behind each product made from scrap.

  • More Cost-Effective than Mining:

Recycling metal is a great way to help the economy. Businesses care about the bottom-line which makes recycling metal a smart choice. The number of different resources needed in the mining process like energy, fuel, land, and a labor make mining an extremely expensive process. Recycling metal, on the other hand, is much more cost-effective than mining. In fact, researchers have found that “urban mining” — or the process of recovering metals like copper, gold, and other metals from discarded appliances and electronics — was 13 times less expensive than mining virgin metals. What’s more is that when they factored in the technology required to do this, along with waste collection, manual labour, energy consumption, and transportation, they found that the costs associated with recycling these metals decreased year on year. Less-expensive raw materials mean lower manufacturing costs for businesses! 

Sending waste to landfills can be expensive. More often than not, businesses have to pay to dispose their waste. Scrap metal yards pay you for your metal waste and can arrange to have it transported too. 

  • Clients Love Green Initiatives:

There is a growing green consciousness everywhere along with an increasing number of individuals who mindfully choose to work with businesses who have green goals and initiatives. Recycling your scrap metals and reducing waste to send to landfills is a great green initiative to use as a part of your marketing campaigns.

Allied Salvage and Metals Makes Recycling Easy

The knowledgeable team at Allied Salvage & Metals is here to help you with all your scrap needs by recycling a variety of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. We offer scrap metal pick up services along with demolition salvage services throughout the Lower Mainland area.

Get in touch with us to help you with all your scrap metal recycling needs today!