Recycling scrap metal and many common household items is helpful in reducing carbon emissions and preserving natural resources, but did you know that the industry also creates thousands of jobs? In this blog, we cover some key benefits and facts about recycling scrap metal.
Recycling Scrap Metal Is Good for the Environment
As pressure continues for Canada to lower its carbon emissions, every little bit helps. Recycling scrap metal benefits our environment in several ways:
Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions & Conserves Energy
The production of new metal requires a great deal of energy while the recycling process emits less carbon dioxide and other harmful gasses.
Preserves Finite Natural Resources
Metal is a natural resource and this means that our access to it is limited, which makes recycling essential. Nearly 40 percent of all steel production in the world is comprised of recycled steel, but there is great opportunity for increasing this number.
Diverts Waste From Landfills
Did you know that it can take up to 50 years for a steel can to decompose and as long as 200 years for aluminum to break down? Recycling helps divert waste from landfills and also helps prevent toxic substances from leaking into our soil.
Recycling Scrap Metal Creates Jobs
Recycling not only helps our planet and preserves natural resources, but it also helps our economy. According to ecocycle.org, recycling and reuse create at least 9 times more jobs than landfills and incinerators, and as many as 30 times more jobs
Metal Can Be Infinitely Recycled
Unlike other recyclables such as glass or plastic, most metals can be recycled infinitely without a decrease in quality. As a result, the recycling process can take place many times over with no change in the properties of the metal.
You Can Make Money by Recycling
Think about all the electronics and appliances you have in your house. Perhaps you have old tv sets, laptops, or exercise equipment that you’re no longer using. Instead of paying to take it to your local dump, you can bring it to Moffatt Scrap Iron & Metal Inc, and we’ll pay you.