Our Environment

Benefit of Recycling

benefit of recyclingWhere would we be without recyclers? Our neighborhoods and landfills would be overflowing with reusable materials. Our natural resources would be squandered repeatedly. Our energy levels would be significantly reduced. Recyclers maintain vitality, purity, and sustainability for this world in which we all live. Recyclers make it all possible.

Recycling transforms society’s outdated and obsolete products into useful raw materials needed for new production. Gold Metal Recyclers is proud to be part of this effort. Recyclers save both energy and natural resources, thus having a much more positive effect on the environment. By purchasing products at the end of their life-cycle and processing them back into raw materials used in the manufacture of new products, recycling reduces the need for virgin materials, such as iron ore, trees, and other natural resources.

One of the important benefits of recycling is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by significantly saving the amount of energy needed to manufacture the products that we use. Additionally, the energy saved by recycling can then be used for more important purposes, such as heating our homes and powering automobiles. Overall, recycling maintains a steady supply of sustainable raw materials for manufacturers worldwide and this, as we all know it, is vital to the success and growth of our global economy.

Economic Benefit of Recycling

One of the latest studies by the Institute for Scrap Metal Recycling found that nearly 500,000 jobs have been created by the industry. Recycling metal creates 36 times more jobs than sending the same amount of metal waste to the incinerator, and six times more than sending the metal to a landfill, according to the National Institute of Health. The National Recycling Coalition says the recycling industry, in general, generates $236 billion annually and employs more than a million workers across America. Total federal, state and local tax receipts from the activities of scrap metal recycling companies added up to more than $10 billion. Across all 50 states, the industry generated about $90 billion in economic activity. Copper Scrap Wire Buyer is honored to be a part of those numbers, and also a member of the Institute for Scrap Metal Recycling.

For a contractor that is performing demolition on an existing property, there is money to be found by recycling the onsite materials. The price of scrap metal per pound in the United States is currently at one of its highest levels of trading in history. Be sure to call us at 713 410 8333 or contact us to know what prices you should be quoted.

Environmental Benefit of Recycling

The Earth’s resources are limited and it is important that we conserve as much as possible. One way to do this is to recycle waste products. Some forms of recycling happen in nature: the carbon cycle and nitrogen cycle allow these elements to be recycled.

Here are a few facts on the environmental benefits of recycling to hopefully make you think twice about where you throw away your next empty can, bottle or container…

Conserves natural resources

Such as oil, coal, trees, water, and minerals. For example, paper can be recycled up to seven times and glass, aluminum and steel infinitely so it does seem a little wasteful to use raw materials each time to manufacture new products. The paper recycling process also uses 90% less water than making it from scratch.

Reduces energy consumption

The recycling process of many items often uses less energy than starting the whole manufacturing process from virgin sources. For example, the paper recycling process uses up to 50% less energy than making it from raw materials.

Saves landfill space

By recycling items this saves the space that is used for waste disposal. In Melbourne, there is the talk of a good number of our landfill sites reaching capacity and closing down within the next decade. We need to try and slow down the rate at which the landfills are being utilized. Recycling is key in this aspect.

Decreases pollution/cuts greenhouse gases

Landfill sites not only look pretty ugly with waste piling up and flies buzzing around but also have a foul smell. But looking past these more cosmetic aspects, more importantly, they are emitting dangerous toxins, leachate, and greenhouse gases.

When the organic material such as food scraps and green waste is put in the landfill, it is generally compacted down and covered. This removes the oxygen and causes it to break down in an anaerobic process. Eventually, this releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide.* To help eliminate this issue we can compost our food scraps and green waste.