Who Benefits from Scrap Metal Recycling? Everyone.

Scrap metal demolition is one of life’s “win-win” situations. Recycling scrap metal from demolition sites helps the earth and appeals to demolition clients alike. Read on to discover the many benefits of scrap metal recycling on demolition sites.

Benefits of Scrap Metal Recycling in Demolition

Boosts the American Economy. The Institute of Scrap Metal Recycling estimates that scrap metal recycling generates $90.6 billion of economic activity, and sustains more than 450,000 jobs. Moreover, because we export more scrap metal than we import, the scrap recycling industry contributes to a positive balance of trade. In other words, the scrap metal recycling industry helps offset America’s trade deficit.

Shrinks American Landfills. Scrap metal recycling keeps tons of materials out of our landfills.

Reduces Amount of Materials that must be mined. When scrap metal is recycled, there’s less need to mine virgin metals. It is estimated that recycling rather than mining aluminum brings a 92% savings in energy used, for instance. Copper recycling returns a 90% savings, while recycling steel saves 56% of energy used to mine iron and other steel components.

Represents Value for Demolition Projects. When it comes to scrap metal recycling, demolition experts at Elder Demolition are adept at accruing value. We can recycle and salvage metal from your job site, and apply the earnings toward your demolition costs.

Many of today’s appliances, bicycles, and other metal goods are composed of recycled metal. The scrap metal industry is thriving today, and as a devoted advocate of green demolition practices, we’re pleased that this recycling practice can please clients while benefiting the planet and the economy as a whole.

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2 Responses to Who Benefits from Scrap Metal Recycling? Everyone.

  1. Julia Carlson says:

    I always thought it was too much of a bother to recycle scrap metal. Now I know that it’s the best thing for our environment. I have heard of a lot of art pieces being created from scrap metal. I will have to go check it out some time at a museum.

  2. I had no idea that aluminum, copper, and steel recycling results in such a high percentage of savings in energy used! That alone should be reason enough to take recycling metals more seriously. If we want to save the environment, then throwing less in landfills and spending less energy on mining sounds like a great way to do it.

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