- Waste Reduction
- Beneficial to the Environment
- Preserves Energy and Natural Resources
- Economic Growth
- Customer gets paid for what they might have considered scrap or junk!
The Benefits of Recycling Scrap Metal
You probably are aware of the existence of a large-scale global scrap metal recycling industry; however, you might be surprised by its size and scope. These days, a significant amount of the metal that ends up in finished products like appliances and structural steel is recycled or given new life. Aside from the diversion of material from steel yards, other important benefits of metal recycling versus the creation of virgin metal include a reduction in energy consumption as well as in the use of other materials. For example recycled aluminium requires 95 percent less energy, while copper needs 90 percent less, and steel 56 percent less. Moreover, scrap metal recycling is booming. This new world has some obvious and not-so-obvious benefits for the economy, the environment and the average consumer.
It’s generally regarded as less energy-intensive than mining. It also doesn’t contribute to groundwater pollution or create physical scars on the environment that can take hundreds of years to heal.
Waste Reduction, Space Production
Scrap metal recycling frees up landfill space. Since many recyclable metal products are quite bulky, continued growth in the scrap metal recycling rate is likely to reduce the need for unsightly, space-consuming new landfills near our population centers. By keeping junkyards from overflowing, scrap metal recycling also reduces smaller-scale eyesores within our neighborhoods and encourages more productive land uses.
According to research conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency, recycling scrap metals can be quite beneficial to the environment. Using recycled scrap metal in place of virgin iron ore can yield:
- 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.
Every ton of new steel made from scrap steel saves:
- 1,115 kg of iron ore.
- 625 kg of coal.
- 53 kg of limestone.
Energy savings from other metals include:
- Aluminium savings of 95% energy.
- Copper savings of 85% energy.
- Lead savings of 65% energy.
- Zinc savings of 60% energy.