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Recycling Scrap Metal: What you Should Know

Learn all about scrap metal recycling


There are a few things you should know about recycling scrap metal and its importance in our world. Read on to learn about it and the benefits it has on the environment and the economy.

Environmental Impact

  • Scrap metal recycling helps reduce Co2 emissions from pollutants like cars, factories, and electricity generation, transmission, and distribution.
  • Recycling your scrap metals prevents waste from winding up in a landfill.
  • Scrap metal recycling reduces the use of the chemicals needed for ore mining, which prevents it from going into the water supply.
  • Mining metals requires the use of fossil fuels, so recycling metals uses significantly less fossil fuel that mining it.
  • Steel and aluminum are the most commonly recycled scrap metals in the United States.

You Have More than you Think

Recycling scrap metal is easier than you might think, and finding scrap metals around the house can be a surprisingly easy task. Here are a few common scrap-metal sources:

  • Aluminum and steel cans
  • Silverware/cutlery
  • Lamp bases
  • Metal chairs
  • Pots and pans
  • Bathroom fixtures
  • Plumbing pipes
  • Electrical appliances
  • Zippers
  • Swing sets
  • Railings

Recycling Scrap Metals Helps Conserve Energy

Certain metals are melted at lower temperatures than other types of metals. Reusing these metals using lower temperatures helps conserve energy, which, in turn reduces co2 emissions and greenhouse gases.

Scrap Metals can Turn into a Number of New Items

The metals you recycle can find new life as a number of new items that range from big (airplanes, railroads, and ships) to small (silverware and jewelry).

Economic Impact

Finally, scrap-metal recycling is good for the economy, too. In 2010 alone, the scrap-metal recycling industry pulled in more than $64 billion in revenue.

Find Help with your Scrap Metal Recycling

Scrap metal can be heavy and hard to haul away. Luckily, the trusty team at JDog Junk Removal & Hauling is here to help you. So call us today at 844-GET-JDOG to schedule a pickup today.