Scrap Metal Demolition: Understanding Scrap Metal Contamination

Radioactive Materials AreaThe EPA regulates scrap metal demolition because it can be quite dangerous. First, a serious fire danger exists, since scrap metal recycling demolition contractors use shears and blowtorches to cut apart metal pieces. For instance, the Los Angeles Times recently reported that there has been a minimum of 23 explosions and fires at scrap metal companies in California in the last three years.

Moreover, processing metal improperly releases toxic dust that can seriously harm nearby ecosystems.

But perhaps the scariest potential hazard of scrap metal demolition is radioactive exposure.

If scrap metal recycling streams were to become contaminated with radioactive materials, consumer products could be tainted and workers could be exposed to radiation. In this event, the scrap metal industry could be devastated – in addition to the terrifying potential damage to human health and the environment.

To avoid all three of these potential hazards inherent in scrap metal recycling, project managers should carefully research their scrap metal recycling demolition vendors. Here at Elder Demolition, our expertise is significant. We have dismantled paper mills, chemical plants and even a 1.2-million-square-foot aluminum plant. To protect our employees, the public and the environment, we are dedicated to providing education nonpareil for our workers. All of our superintendents are trained in responding to hazardous waste emergencies.

We are proud to be one of the largest firms in the West offering scrap metal demolition. Montana, Colorado, Oregon and Washington are just a few of the states we service. Every year, we process and recycle thousands of tons of scrap metal. You can trust us to dismantle your building or plant and safely recycle the materials within.

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