It is common to have large, bulky junk items you need to dispose of. But when these junk items are made of metal, a landfill is the last place for them.
Almost every metal is recyclable and some metals, like steel, are 100 precent reusable. So, it makes no sense to dump these materials in landfills.
Old Metal Junk - or Scrap Metal - Doesn't Have to Go to a Landfill
Metals in scrap and junk form end up in our landfills all the time. Old bicycles, lawn equipment, household appliances, car parts, junk hardware, and so on - tens of thousands of tons of it gets put into landfills throughout the United States on a regular basis.
And almost none of it really needs to be there.
This is because almost every type of metal is recyclable and many of them infinitely so. But the problem is that not nearly enough of it is. As one article noted,
"Although almost every kind of metal can be recycled again and again without degradation of properties, in 2018, only 34% of metal in U.S. municipal waste facilities was recycled."
Yet many metals are 100% percent recyclable.
A great example is aluminum. According to the International Aluminum Institute in London,
"Around 75 percent of the almost 1.5 billion metric tons of aluminum ever produced is still in productive use today."
Of course, steel is a perfect candidate for recycling and metal recovery practices. As a recent report from the National Material Company notes,
"Almost 69 percent of all steel is recycled in North America each year – more than paper, aluminum, plastic, & glass combined. North America's average steel recycling rate has been in excess of 60 percent since 1970. More than 95 percent of the water used for making steel in North America is recycled."
And one of the biggest sources of "junk" steel from households comes in the form of old home appliances such as washers, dryers, and stoves. Fortunately, these heavy, metal junk items can be almost completely reused as all 99 pounds of steel in the average major appliance can be recycled to make new steel products.
So, what about copper?
We all know that it is considered a fairly valuable metal, especially when the demand was high and the legitimate supply was not. It wasn't that long ago that news stories of copper metal component thefts seemed to show up every day.
A page from Statista shows that the volume of copper recycled from both old and new scrap in the U.S. in 2019 was around 865,000 metric tons. While this sounds impressive, the website at CopperAlliance.org points out that the current global end-of-life recycling rate for copper is 40 percent.
Obviously, we still have a long ways to go with process most of our metal scrap for recycling.
Got Metal? Call Junk King for Quick and Easy Removal
Recycling is in our blood and helping our customers keep our planet clean and green is in our DNA.
Whether it's bulky appliances, large e-waste materials, or just large piles of bits and pieces, knowing how to best dispose of old junk items that are made of metal can be a bit challenging.
Which is why we put together this handy guide and checklist to help you prepare for quick, easy, and green removal and disposal of metal scrap for recycling:
While the goal of Zero Waste may seem unattainable to many, and simply a pipedream to some, by pursing it individually, we can come far close to it as a community goal than if we were to never try at all.
Every appliance, every pile of copper scrap, every aluminum can really does at up and can make a real difference.
And by partnering with a professional junk removal, hauling, and disposal company like Junk King you can ensure that as much of your metal (and other recyclable) junk items will be properly processed and reused.
So, when you need large scrap metal removal services, remember that you can call on Junk King and we will come and pick up any amount and types of metal from your home, business, or construction site.
In fact, we will pick and remove pretty much everything! The only thing we don't take is hazardous waste.
Call Junk King for Your Scrap Metal Recycling Needs
Junk King specializes in will provide you with efficient, safe, and affordable scrap metal pick up so you don’t need to worry about how to dispose of your old, scrap metal items yourself.
We can be at your house or workplace often in the same day, so call us today!
Our expert junk removal team is fully insured and well-trained, so you can trust them to get rid of all your unwanted items in a professional and courteous fashion.
And one of the best things about hiring Junk King is that, along with scrap metal and other metal junk items, we also recycle most all the material we pick-up. In fact, we work hard to recycle as much as 60 percent or more of everything we pick up each day! And, of course, that includes scrap metal items.
This is simply more proof of our commitment to being the premier eco-friendly junk removal service in North America.
With Junk King on the job, all you need to do is point us in the direction of your unwanted junk and scrap metal and our friendly, uniformed staff will take it from there. And we always provide you with a clear and upfront pricing estimate once we arrive - or you can even get one before we show up!
So, ready to get rid of your reusable scrap metal junk items? It's as easy as 1,2,3!
Just book with us online or give us a call today at 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).