[This post was originally published in April 2018 and has been revised and updated to reflect the most current information.]
Scrap, or junk, metal recycling is something that most homeowners may not find themselves engaging in. But junk metal recycling can make the disposal of many items greener!
Scrap metal recovery and recycling is a massive and growing industry in the United States. Some recent facts from an article at Recyclebank provides a sense of the impact of junk meta recycling:
"Steel is the most recycled material in North America. The metal comes not only from cans but also from construction scraps, automobiles, and appliances, and it can be turned right back into steel that can be used in the same applications.
Recycling aluminum uses 90 percent less energy than making primary-production (virgin) aluminum! This is likely the reason that almost half of North American’s aluminum supply comes from secondary production (recycled aluminum).
Metal recycling is fast. It can take as little as 60 days for an aluminum can to be recycled and returned to the supermarket shelf as another can of soda!
In a landfill, aluminum and tin cans will stick around for decades. It can take as long as 50 years for a steel food can to decompose, and as long as 200 years for aluminum to break down. This isn’t as long as plastic bags or diapers, but it’s still quite a long time!
Scrap metal recycling is an important and essential part of the manufacturing industry. In 2015, the scrap recycling industry in the United States transformed more than 130 million metric tons of materials into raw material commodities, according to the Institute of Scrap Industries, Inc. "
Junk Metal Recycling as a Sustainable Option
Scrap metal recovery and junk metal recycling is a green and sustainable option to simply dumping metal items into landfills. In fact, one of the bright spots of business and residential junk removal is that most metals are reusable and many can be recycled many times over.
This infographic illustrates a number of benefits that result from junk metal recycling:
The Best Option for Large Metal Disposal is Recycling
For example, when it comes to old appliances, regardless of their condition, used appliances can be reused or recycled. Usable appliances in good condition can still be sold or donated to a charity. If the appliance or tool can't be repaired cost-effectively, then metal recycling is a great option.
Trying to haul junk metal items on your own risks damaging your vehicle in the process. If you need to make multiple trips back and forth from a metal recycling site, it also becomes more costly and less energy-efficient. In addition, there are the very real risks of handling metal debris.
And this assumes you actually have a vehicle you can fit your scrap metal items into!
The best approach for disposing of your non-working appliances and tools is to have them professionally disassembled and the materials recycled. Recycling or reuse is always better than taking them to your local dump and, what you never want to do, is to dump them someplace you shouldn't.
In fact, calling a professional junk hauling firm for your scrap metal pick up is your best option for safely and cost-effectively removing your scrap metal. And by going with an eco-friendly company you will ensure that as much of your scrap metal as possible is recycled.
Call Junk King for Scrap Metal Disposal
Junk King can collect and deliver your junk metal to a local recycling facility. We operate a fleet that includes many bio-fuel vehicles and your metal debris will become new recycled material with the most environmentally friendly methods.
Junk King recycles more than other junk removal companies and our junk metal recycling is available for any need:
- Iron, steel, copper, aluminum, brass and more
- Beams, wires, and other construction metal debris
- Plumbing fixtures and other DIY home renovation debris
- Any unwanted metal junk
- Scrap Metal Recycling from the Green Junk Haulers
We are fully insured to protect you against any risk. We safely carry the scrap metal debris off your property and load it into our large, heavy-duty trucks. From pick-up to transport, our junk metal recycling service relieves you of an otherwise difficult and dangerous chore.
Contact us to schedule an appointment for junk metal recycling and we'll pick up any amount and variety of metal from your home, business, or construction site.
Schedule Your Junk Metal Recycling Today
Make the call today! With Junk King, you only need to point us in the direction of your unwanted junk and our friendly, uniformed staff will take it from there. And we provide upfront pricing when we arrive.
Schedule an appointment to get a free, no-obligation quote before we begin to work.
Call Junk King today at 888.888.JUNK (5865) or book online!