Most of us routinely recycle metal cans and mostly the aluminum ones. But there is far more to recycling metals than putting cans in a recycling bin.
The consumer world is filled with a wide variety of metal products that range from cast iron, to copper, to precious metals. And they can all be recycled - if disposed of properly.
The aluminum can could probably be seen as the poster child of recycling in America today. While we regularly recycle plastics, paper, cardboard, and glass items, most people tend to think of the soda or beer can they toss out when they think about recycling.
However, there is far more to metals recycling.
The Scoop On Recycling Metals
A fair question to ask is, "Why should we recycle metals?" A good answer is found in an article at The Balance Small business,
"Metals are valuable materials that can be recycled again and again without degrading their properties. Scrap metal has value, which motivates people to collect it for sale to recycling operations.
In addition to a financial incentive, there is also an environmental imperative. The recycling of metals enables us to preserve natural resources while requiring less energy to process than the manufacture of new products using virgin raw materials. Recycling emits less carbon dioxide and other harmful gasses. More importantly, it saves money and allows manufacturing businesses to reduce their production cost. Recycling also creates jobs."
Metals can be divided into two basic types: ferrous and non-ferrous. Ferrous metals are primarily those that contain iron, like steel, which makes them magnetic. Non-ferrous metals comprise all the other metals such as copper, tin, aluminum, and so on.
Unfortunately, while almost every kind of metal can be recycled again and again without the degradation of their properties, only 30 percent of metal gets recycled. And some types of metals are recycled in far greater percentages than others.
We do a great job with aluminum, for example. About 65 percent of our waste aluminum is recycled, which is about two out of every three aluminum cans we use. But the number one recycled metal in the U.S. is steel.
According to the American Iron and Steel Institute close to 70 percent of all steel waste is recycled in North America every year. This adds up to more than paper, aluminum, plastic, and glass combined. In fact, 80 million tons of steel are recycled every year.
Every ton of steel that is recycled saves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal, and 120 pounds of limestone - raw materials that would be needed to produce a ton of new steel. And the recycling of steel saves the equivalent energy that would be needed to power about 18 million homes in the U.S. annually.
Making Metal Recycling Easy
Although metal recycling is not a difficult nor labor-intensive task, there are a few steps that should be taken to ensure that the process is done properly.
To assist in that goal, we have created this nifty checklist to help guide you through the basics of properly and efficiently recycling your waste metals.
Nothing says, "I care for the environment" than recycling.
Whether it's metals, plastics, glass, paper products, or the good, ol' aluminum can, the more we can recycle, reuse, or repurpose, the more we do to preserve our planet. And Junk King has been dedicated to this ideal from the beginning of our company.
Your Local, Eco-Friendly Junk Removal Professionals
At Junk King, we don't simply talk about environmental responsibility - we are wholly committed to recycling as much of the junk we pick up as possible.
In fact, we founded Junk King as the first recycling-based junk removal operation back in 2005 and everything we to today, from pick up to hauling to disposal, is done with the goal of recycling everything and anything we can.
As our trucks travel throughout the country picking up unwanted items, our teams pack the trucks so that the items can be unpacked quickly and efficiently.
The goal is to be efficient in our operations, and keep our landfills free of unnecessary items.
Our professional and insured junk removal team will call 15 minutes before we arrive on site and we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your junk takes up in our truck. You point and we haul your unwanted items into our junk removal trucks, with no hidden fees.
Want to get rid of some junk metal or other waste? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.
You can make an appointment by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).