Scrap metal removal and recycling is more than just a process which is offered by US Industrial Demolition. It’s also widely recognized today as forming the basis of a powerful and lucrative industry.
There are Two Stages Involved in Metal Recycling.
The first stage is the safe recovery and processing of scrap metal from products which have now reached their end of life, followed by the recycling part where those raw materials are melted down and subsequently used in the production of new goods.
The beauty of metals is that they can be recycled repeatedly, without degradation to their core properties. This provides an incredibly useful and cost-effective raw material with a low carbon footprint.
That’s great news for environmentalists, but it’s also created a robust economy too. According to figures collated by Ibis World, the scrap metal recycling industry is currently trending to make $29 billion in 2019 in the US alone.
The Difference Between Ferrous and Nonferrous Metal.
We generically talk about metal and scrap metal, but two essential categories are distinguishable; ferrous and nonferrous. The term ferrous is derived from the Latin for iron and denotes any metal that contains iron to some degree. Nonferrous metals have no part of iron present and include popular metals such as aluminum, lead, copper, zinc, and tin amongst others.
The Scrap Metal Recycling Process
The process has two simple stages; one is the collection of the materials, and the second is the sorting, shredding, and melting of the scrap metal materials.
At US Industrial Demolition, scrap metal removal is just one of the extensive range of services on offer and where applicable, large sized production plants as well as machinery and specialized equipment can be dismantled and relocated in their entirety to their new location. It’s not just small pieces of metal that US Industrial Demolition can handle.
Final Thoughts on Benefits of Recycling
Through adopting an effective removal and recycling process, metals can actively be diverted from heading to landfill, which is of enormous benefit. Recycling, as opposed to making virgin metal in itself requires less energy consumption, another key advantage. Something like recycled aluminum, for example, requires 95% less energy to produce than new aluminum does. When it comes to steel, that figure is still an impressive 56 percent less, not to mention that the recycling of just one ton of steel avoids the use of 2500 pounds of iron ore.
It’s safe to say that the financial and environmental benefits of metal recycling are undeniable. While metal recycling and removal is undoubtedly on the right tracks, there is still much more than can be done to improve overall rates.