Benefits of Recycling Scrap Metal

The US recycles over 150 million tons of scrap materials annually, including iron, steel, lead, copper, and aluminum. Other metals such as brass, bronze, magnesium, and tin are recycled as well. There are many benefits to recycling these materials, and more than just putting cash in your pocket!

Recycled Metal Contributes to US Trade Balances

In 2013, the scrap recycling industry generated $50 billion and supported 152,000 jobs. The recycled materials that the industry processes into raw material every year is used for manufacturing around the world. In 2013, the United States exported $24 billion—roughly 34 million metric tons—of scrap commodities, which contributed significantly to U.S. trade balances.

Recycling Saves Energy

Recycling scrap metal reduces greenhouse gas emissions and uses less energy than making metal from virgin ore. When a recycled material, rather than a raw material, is used to make a new product, natural resources and energy are conserved. This is because recycled metals have already been refined and processed once; manufacturing the second time is much cleaner and less energy-intensive than the first. The amount of energy saved using various recycled metals compared to virgin ore is up to:

Recycling Conserves Natural Resources

Metal recycling also conserves natural resources. Recycling one ton of steel conserves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone. Recycling a ton of aluminum conserves up to 8 tons of bauxite ore and 14 megawatt hours of electricity.

We at Sullivan’s Scrap Metal are ready to help you make a difference in the world with two locations serving the Pennsylvania area, while at the same time giving you a great price for your contributions to environmental conscientiousness and preservation.

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