Benefits of Recycling
In 2008, the metal recycling industry generated $86 billion and supported 85,000 jobs. The recycled materials that the industry processes into raw material feedstock every year are used for industrial manufacturing around the world. In 2008, the United States exported $28.6 billion (roughly 44 million metric tons) of scrap metal commodities, which contributed significantly to U.S. trade balances.
Recycling scrap metal reduces greenhouse gas emissions and uses far less energy than making metal from virgin ore.
The amount of energy saved using various recycled metals compared to virgin ore is up to:
- 95 percent for aluminum
- 90 percent for copper
- 74 percent for steel
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 8 tons of bauxite ore and 14 megawatt hours of electricity! Because metals are not renewable resources, recycling helps provide for their sustainable use while freeing up space in our landfills!
We would like to personally thank all of our customers, past, present, and future! Together we do make a difference.