Metal recycling services make up a huge industry, as an integral part of both the economy and environmental protection. Scrap metal comes from a variety of different sources, and is considered trash by most people. Yet items such as household appliances and construction scraps often contain a number of different metals, all of which are fully recyclable. Read on to learn about the reasons why metal recycling is a truly important industry.
When metals are recycled, they retain all of their original properties and can be reused for their original purposes. The fact that metal is infinitely recyclable means that it has the potential to be used as if it were a renewable resource. Metals can also be melted down and separated from other materials relatively easily. In fact, recycling metals is easier than extracting them from ore, the state in which they are originally mined.
Recycling plays a huge role in the metal industry, and almost every metal item produced partly contains recycled material. Steel is one of the most widely used materials in the world, and according to the Bureau of International Recycling, nearly 40% of all steel currently produced is made from scrap.
The mining industry has one of the most negative environmental impacts of any industry at every level of its process. Recycling metal not only reduces the demand for mining, but it also uses less energy, raw materials, water, and greatly reduces the amount of pollutants released. Although metal is a non-renewable resource, recycling allows it to be sustained indefinitely.
Western Disposal makes it easy to recycle scrap metals—in fact, we process and transfer almost one million pounds of metal every year. Contact us at (303) 586-1100 to learn how we can aid in your demolition project or collect your residential recyclables.