Metals: How to Recycle Them
Metals are a favorite among the ones who attempt to create as little waste as they can. That’s because all metals may be infinitely recycled. They may be recycled safely without having to alter their properties and damaging them. They’re good products to use if you want to generate less waste and make sure that your products always can be recycled.
Once you recycle any used beverage cans, you’ll benefit the environment in these ways:
- You will decrease your carbon footprint: According to the EPA, aluminum recycling will prevent over 90M tons of CO2 from annually being released into our environment.
- You will save energy: Recycling old cans to new uses 95% less energy and releases 95% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than having to create entirely new cans.
- You will be recycling a sustainable metal: There isn’t any limit as to how many times aluminum may be recycled!
- Aluminum cans are fully recyclable: Cans are the most recyclable of all recyclable substances. Recycled cans can be back on a store’s shelf in 60 days!
Metals: How are they recycled?
When metals are sorted and collected based upon their properties, they’re shredded. It helps within the process of melting so melting metals takes up less energy. Fortunately, it’ll take a lot less energy to melt metals than it’ll take to generate them. Melting recycled metals will take as little as a couple of minutes, which is a lot shorter than the quantity of time taken to make the metal.
After the process of melting is finished, the melted metals get purified. This measure ensures that the metal is contaminant-free and is the highest quality possible. Lastly, the metal gets cooled and solidified within the shape it’s needed for in its following life.
What do you do with additional metal items?
Typically, ferrous scrap metals are extremely large, and cannot fit in the recycling bin or standard recycling plant’s machines. Those metals include auto parts, structural steel, household appliances, and additional large items. Though those items are fully recyclable, they shouldn’t go in the curbside bin. They have to be recycled using specialized equipment.
For more information on our waste and scrap containers contact Plum Creek Environmental in West Point, MS today at (662) 327 – 4183.