Many people recycle paper but few consider the importance of recycling their scrap metal. Doing so is good for the environment, and reclaimed metals can be used for many purposes. Even bridges can be made with scrap metal.
Mining of metals damages the landscape, uses finite resources and destroys the natural habitat of several species.
The production of new metal causes gases, fumes and particulates that degrade the air quality. Emissions may occur from casting the metal and cooling it, as well as removing it from molds. Milling and welding areas may be a source of exhaust fumes and unpleasant odors. Discarded metal products also an extra strain on landfill sites.
Uses for Scrap Metal
Recycled metal can be used for things like:
Furniture – ‘New’ furniture can be manufactured using recycled metals. Industrial style furniture is modern, on trend and can be attractive.
Sculptures – Metal sculptures are the new art form and sometimes use recycled metals. Ornaments, key rings and jewelry can be made with it, too. Some YouTubers have founded a successful channel producing household goods or showing people how to make things from scrap metal.
Car Parts – Vehicle metals can be re-used. Crushed vehicles in the U.S make up 14 million tons of steel, for example. It can be used in aeroplanes, lorries, shipping containers and other transportation items. New steel products may be composed entirely of recycled scrap materials.
Construction – People may not know it, but the architecture around them could be made using recycled metals, from trimmings on the buildings to bridges and roads.
What Types of Metal Can Be Recycled?
Recycling scrap metal is easy for businesses and homes. There are lots of metals that can be taken to a waste management facility, including:
- Precious metals such as gold and silver.
Commercial enterprises and homeowners should consider sending their unwanted scrap metal for recycling and re-use to reduce their carbon footprint, promote clean air, protect wildlife and make better use of existing resources.