What Are The Benefits Of Recycling Scrap Metal?
in Metal Recycling by Dave
When we no longer require something that has been made from metal, such as an old car that has stopped working or a computer that has completely short-circuited, it is important that we dispose of it properly rather than just simply throwing it into landfill. Unfortunately, some people cannot be bothered to do the right thing and this is exactly what happens. There are a number of benefits associated with recycling scrap metal, which we have outlined below:
- Conserves valuable natural resources and raw materials
It is important to remember that the earth isn’t made up of unlimited resources and materials that will go on forever – these reserves will eventually dry up and we’ll be unable to mine anymore. By recycling what resources we’ve already mined, we can delay the inevitable.
- Avoids air and water pollution
Using recycled materials generally creates less pollution. This is because far less pollution is generated during the recycling process than is created during mining. This also goes a long way to ensuring that other natural resources, such as water, are kept in pristine condition for longer.
- Saves landfill space by closing the loop
Unfortunately, landfills don’t go on forever – once they reach their limit, we’re forced to close the site up and open a new one somewhere else. We don’t have endless land available for such purposes, so preventing unnecessary items from ending up in landfill is a must.
- Conserves soil integrity and wildlife habits
It should come as no surprise that digging affects the integrity of the earth. As there is less need to dig for virgin materials, we will be able to maintain the integrity of our soil for longer. This also helps us to preserve the habits of our native wildlife, giving them a place to call home.
- Conserves oil and saves energy
As products made by recycling scrap metal require less energy to manufacture, this will actually help us to conserve oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. All of this combines to ensure that such natural resources are retained for much longer.
- Reduces the costs of sourcing raw materials
Not only is more pollution generated when mining for virgin materials, it costs a hell of a lot more, too. Recycling will see these costs significantly reduced, plus these savings should be passed onto the consumer by the way of reduced prices – it’s a win-win situation for everyone.
- Consumers can receive a return on their original outlay
If you’ve spent a considerable amount of money on a car that no longer runs, you can actually recoup some of these costs when you sell the vehicle onto a recycling facility. Whilst you will never make the full amount back, you will make something – and every little bit helps.
No one likes stumbling upon dumped scrap when out for a bushwalk or stroll around the neighborhood. We can all play a part in the solution by reporting illegal dumping and recycling scrap metal where possible. As you can see from the above list, there are a number of benefits to properly disposing of metal when it is no longer required – and none of these are things that should be overlooked or taken lightly. So, what are you doing?