We often hear the phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle”, but what does that actually mean? When it comes to recycling aluminum, it really means a lot. Aluminum is one of the easiest material to recycle, as it SAVES energy when it’s recycled. On top of this, there is no limit to the amount of time that it can be reused. In the United States, 100 billion aluminum cans are sold each year. Of these cans, less than 50% are recycled. However, in Switzerland, Norway, Finland, and Germany, over 90% of aluminum bottles are recycled. Let’s look a little bit closer to why it is important to recycle scrap aluminum.
One of the biggest things that scrap metal recycling does is that it reduces the burden on landfills. This saves 150 million tons of materials a year. This is relevant because reducing the landfill burden also helps in reducing the transportation costs of materials, as well as reducing the pollution levels, ultimately leading to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. By keeping hazardous materials out of the landfills, we get cleaner air, and what’s better than nice, clean, fresh air?
Metal ore mining along with the refinement process is an unsustainable practice. The amount of metals on the Earth is a fixed number, and if we do not start reusing old materials, we will not have these materials at all anymore. It is extremely easy to recycle and reuse these materials, and by doing so, we can conserve not only aluminum but the other materials that it is comprised of. Recycling one ton of steel will conserve 2500 lbs of iron ore, 1400 lbs of coal and 120 lbs of limestone.
Every year, the United States recycles 5.5 million tons of aluminum. With that, we save 92% of the energy that would be used to make products from raw material, as opposed to as from recycled materials. If you would like to learn how you can recycle, or if you already have materials you’d like to recycle, please contact us by filling out our contact form, or call us today.