Some specific metals can be recycled. Some examples are tin cans, copper, aluminum, and steel. Steel is one of the most popular metals and one that is recycled the most. Steel used in production facilities are the recycled form, as much as 50% of the times. Apart from steel, other metals don’t get recycled a lot. Only about 30% of all the metals out there is recycled. Maybe the lack of awareness is a problem. The next section will discuss the benefits of scrap metal recycling.
Why Should we Recycle Scrap Metal?
Recycling the metal aid in preserving the natural resources. Due to the fact that these natural resources are not abundant and infinitely available, recycling what we do have is very important. Over-consumption and lack of recycling are depleting these resources at a rapid rate. Recycling scrap metal helps conserve the metal, use them more, and thereby conserve the environment as well. Studies suggest that by careful recycling, we can save over 92% of the natural energy resources.
Recycling these metals will also work towards reducing carbon emissions and hence, lowering the pollution level. Recycling ensures more consumption and less wastage.
Recycling saves money as you are essentially using the same resources again. One can also make use of government-initiated funds regarding recycling.
The process of recycling also assists in water conservation. The amount of water used in manufacturing the materials will now be reduced thanks to recycling. This will also lower electricity usage. Dumping the used metals creates an unbalance in our ecosystem, which could lead to bigger and more drastic things.
The Recycling Process
The process of scrap metal recycling helps in reclaiming the originally manufactured pieces of metal for use in new production. The collection is the first step followed by sorting, and finally cleaning. Post this, the metal goes into recycling.
The scrap metal is hardly ever sorted while collection. So, the first step after collection is sorting based on their individual components – mostly into ferrous and non-ferrous elements. The sorted metal scraps are then cleaned to remove the paint, dirt, food particles, paper, and more. If the cleaning is not done properly, the recycled product will not be of good quality. Then comes the recycling process where the cleaned-up pieces of metal are reformed to smaller pieces called ingots. The process is different for each metal.
We at Manville Recycling, are a Canadian company based in Toronto, understand the graveness of the situation and hence, we offer recycling services for all types of metals.