The Benefits of Recycling Scrap Metal

On a regular basis, everyday people like you and I take a few minutes out of our busy schedules to recycle the metal and aluminum goods used throughout our homes. It only takes a few extra steps, and initially, it may feel inconsequential, but this simple, environmentally friendly act make a big impact. In fact, an estimated 145 million tons of scrap metal are recycled annually. Unbeknownst to many, the benefits of recycling used cans and aluminum, aid humanity on a global scale.

Scrap metal recycling is not just for “tree-huggers,” but rather a practice we all can contribute towards for various reasons. According to the Institute of Scrap Recycling, “scrap recycling creates and supports jobs and has a positive impact on the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy, and protecting our natural resources.”

Global Environmental Benefits

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) informs us that recycling helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions that affect global climate. In addition, recycling precious metals will also help preserve the environment by:

  • Eliminating growing amounts of landfill waste
  • Reducing air pollution from waste incineration
  • Reducing pollution of soil and water supplies worldwide
  • Conserving natural resources due to mining and logging of raw materials
  • Reducing the destruction of wildlife habitats as a result of lumbering and coal mining
  • Reducing greenhouse emissions that ultimately contribute to climate change

Energy Conservation of Fuel Sources

Recycling also saves energy and natural resources. The process of mining metals has proven to be an unsustainable practice. By recycling, we reduce the need to mine and extract raw materials such as copper and bauxite ores.

As a result, use of recycled scrap metals promotes conservation as it:

  • Requires 55% less water and produces less water pollution
  • Burns fewer fossil fuels  
  • Demands less energy than mining, transporting, and processing raw materials

Economic Procurement within Local and Nationwide Communities

The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) estimates the scrap metal recycling industry generates billions in gross annual revenue and payroll revenue. Additionally, the scrap metal industry is also responsible for millions of jobs created nationwide through recycling programs and recycling industries.

Recycling generates other economic benefits:

  • $236 billion in annual revenue
  • $200 million in sales tax revenue
  • $6.67 billion in federal tax revenue
  • $30 billion in revenue from exports of recycled metals
  • Estimated scrap value of more than $600 million
  • 1.1 million jobs created, such as truck drivers, dispatchers, and engineers

The importance of recycling scrap metals affects our communities nationwide. We can all do our part when it comes to waste and recyclable goods. Ultimately, an increased demand in recyclable goods will influence more industries to turn to recycled scrap metal for producing consumer products like cars, appliances, and new technologies.

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