Did You Know: Facts About Recycling Metal
Did you know that recycling scrap metal uses 95% less energy than producing the same product brand new? When we think of recycling, the things that often come to mind are paper, cardboard, and glass, but metals like copper, lead, and aluminum make up a crucial part of the recycling stream as well.
At RedFish Recycling, our goal is to give you the knowledge and resources you need to help make a maximum environmental impact. Check out these facts about scrap metal recycling to learn how much it can help:
From Main Metal Recycling:
- Recycling 10 pounds of aluminum cans reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 16 pounds. That’s the energy equivalent of seven gallons of gasoline.
- It takes about 400 years for aluminum to break down naturally.
- Every three months, Americans throw away enough aluminum to completely rebuild all commercial aircrafts in America.
- The scrap recycling industry transforms more than 130 million metric tons of obsolete material into useful raw materials annually.
- Steel is the most recycled material in the United States and worldwide. In the U.S. alone, more than 55% of all domestically processed steel was recycled last year.
- Nonferrous metals such as aluminum, copper, lead, nickel, tin, and zinc, do not degrade or lose their chemical or physical properties in the recycling process. As a result, they have the capacity to be recycled an infinite number of times. Those soda cans live forever!
RedFish Recycling has simple and customizable recycling options for both commercial and residential customers. In many cases, we’ll even do the sorting for you. Contact RedFish Recycling today to see how our services can help you.