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Benefits of Recycling Steel

Benefits of Recycling Steel

What are the environmental benefits of recycling metal?

Scrap metal is not waste. Scrap metal is actually a continuous resource that can be continuously reused, it is a resource that will never be depleted.
Metal recycling conserves natural resources by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and using less energy than making metal from ore. Making new metal releases a large amount of greenhouse gas emissions compared to making products from recycled metals. These emissions may influence climate change and may also cause harmful levels of air pollution in cities, resulting in potential respiratory health problems for you and your loved ones. 

Metal recycling facilities like M&M Recycling are like mines above ground, rich with resources that can be reused to preserve the environment at a fraction of the cost to mine and refine metals from virgin ores.

Is recycling steel cost effective?

Recycling steel products and materials helps to reduce energy consumption and pollution, while lowering the cost for processing these materials. Cost savings get handed down by the manufacturers to the consumer, reducing the overall cost for products across the board.The scrap metal recycling industry consumes a lot less energy and is more efficient than actually extracting and refining raw materials through traditional mining processes. Mining has a number of environmental processes such as environmental hazards, poisonous runoffs, groundwater pollution or it can create physical scars on the environment that can take hundreds of years to heal, causing groundwater pollution, habitat destruction and unstable geological conditions.
Recycling a single aluminum beverage, will help you save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for more than 4 hours. Recycling will allow us as well as the government to save money in all the right places which will allow it to better spend the taxpayer’s money. 

How do you recycle metals?

The metal recycling process is similar to the usual material recycling process. Collection is the first and most important step in metal recycling. Then, the metals are sorted on the basis or their properties. Sorting the metal helps in recycling them and keeping a green environment. Processing comes next. All the recycled materials are crunched down using machines so that they do not occupy so much space. The metals are then broken down and go through a process called shredding. The small pieces have large surface to volume ratio that can be melted using less energy as compared to when they are in large pieces of metal. Then, each metal is taken to a furnace that is specifically designed to melt that particular metal based on its specific properties. The melting process uses a considerable amount of energy. However, the energy required for melting recycled metal is less compared to the energy required to make metal from its raw material. 

Where Can I Bring My Metal To Be Recycled?
At M&M Recycling, we turn your metals into cash. Bring your collected metals to our facility and let us do the rest! If you’re unsure of what metals can be recycled or have any other questions, feel free to contact us first. We’re happy to answer all of your questions. Let’s help our planet together, one aluminum can at a time!