The earthâ€™s resources are finite.
In our growing world, the demand for these resources are becoming higher and higher each year. One of the materials we are constantly in need of is metal, whether it is aluminium, copper, lead, zinc or stainless steel…
It is used in a wide range of applications from the pots and pans we cook with, to the cars we drive. But hereâ€™s the thing – it is a very limited resource.
There is only so much raw material in the ground that we can extract to make metal. We cannot continue to mine metal to meet the current demand. If we do that, eventually we are going to run out of it.
Recycling metal not only helps lessens our consumption of raw materials, but it also reduces our usage of energy and how much pollution we are putting in the air and water.
Did you know that steel is the worldâ€™s most recycled material? This fact alone highlights why recycling it is needed. In this blog, we are going to look at why metal recycling is so important, not only in terms of environmental sustainability, but also economically viability.
Our demand for metal is a big issue. The obvious solution to this would be increase the rate of which we mine it. However, thatâ€™s simply not feasible.
Creating new mines to extract metal is going to further contribute to polluting the planet â€“ a thing we are all working towards reversing. Additionally, itâ€™s not economically viable over a long period of time.
There are two schools of thought to how we can approach this problem. Firstly, we can place more regulations on existing and future mines to make sure their impact on the environment is minimal and secondly, through a combination of recycling and product design that uses less metal (thus reducing our demand for it).
We think the second option has a lot more long term potential.
Metals can be used time and time again without losing its beneficial properties. Even if the scrap material is an alloy, the pure metal can still be extracted from it in the recycling process.
The cost of recycling metal is far less than mining it, as it requires far less energy than extracting it from the ground, making it fiscally advantageous, as well as good for the environment.
It is estimated that there is a 74 percent saving in energy from ferrous metals like steel and around 80-95 per cent for non-ferrous metals like aluminium and copper.
Companies who provide a scrap metal service actually assist with the demand of metal, because they are ensuring that â€˜wasteâ€™ materials are being funnelled back into the manufacturing process.
This keeps the overall cost of metals down and of course reduces our carbon footprint. That fact it is a profitable industry will ensure that they will still be around in the future.
Dumping metal is a complete waste. Not only is that material not being reused, but the metallic particles disperse and wreak havoc with the eco system.
In order for the metal manufacturing industry to be sustainable in years to come, we need to drastically increase the rate at which we recycle metal.
We hope that this blog has helped you consider why recycling is so important to our environment and economy. We strongly encourage you to take more of an active role in metal recycling in the future.