Reduce, reuse, recycle. The motto has been present for decades encouraging us to use materials wisely and recycle as often as we can. Recycling scrap metal is one way to better the environment, as 100% of the metal that is recycled is repurposed, helping our environment. Yet, how does this impact our economy? We have researched some ways that your contribution of recycling scrap metal is making the economy more robust.
Aluminum is an amazingly versatile material. Aluminum is almost 100% recyclable and appears in many goods including furniture and appliances. Aluminum also holds up well during the aluminum recycling process, so it can be continuously recycled. Nearly two-thirds of the aluminum ever created is still in use as aluminum. Another fun fact about aluminum can recycling is that if you used all the aluminum scrap processed in the US in a year and used it only to make recycled aluminum cans, the lined-up cans would stretch from Earth all the way to Venus.
The price you receive for recycling your scrap metal is dependent upon numerous factors within and outside of the scrap metal industry. If you follow the news, you may be aware of the conversations that have been going on since February 2018 regarding metal tariffs that would affect the cost of trade for countries, except Mexico and Canada, importing metal products into the United States. However, these tariffs are not the only player in this game. Other factors that are, or can, affect scrap metal pricing include lack of export of recycled metal materials, a scrap supply that is greater
Most scrap metal and appliances can be recycled without compromising content. Due to our desire to uphold environmental regulations, protect the health and safety of our employees and visitors, and remain within compliance laws, we are unable to recycle certain scrap metals and materials. We work to maintain an updated list of these items at our office, staying up-to-date on complex laws and regulations surrounding recycling materials.
In 2016, Tennessee salvage metal processors were affected by increased legal regulations concerning vehicle scrapping. These laws were created to protect consumers who were concerned about how easily a car could be stolen and then quickly turned into scrap prior to the police finding the missing car. Tennessee, as well as all other states, have specific requirements when taking a vehicle to a scrap yard. These regulations protect not only the processor, but also the scrap yard customer. Read more about what is required in Tennessee before you can turn your automobile into scrap metal.
The Clean Air Act (CAA) establishes rules for the manufacturing, handling, and recycling of products containing ozone-depleting substances (ODS). Scrap metal yards recycle items that contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) which are used as refrigerants in many products that can be turned into scrap metal. While it is illegal to vent or release refrigerant into the environment, it is not impossible to remove, and the process will save you money when taking an appliance to a scrap metal yard.
The new tariffs imposed on steel and aluminum imports have been debated feverishly in the mainstream news cycle since they were imposed this year. While the primary goals of the tariffs were to “even the international playing field” and to defend American business and workers, some business entities are worried about adverse effects of the new laws. The scrap metal industry is a type of business that is relatively close to main street and one that has the potential to affect everyday consumers. With that in mind, let’s have a closer look at the effects of President Donald Trump’s tariffs
In recent years increased theft of copper gained attention nationally. From taking wiring from electrical power stations to robbing middle-class homes, miles and miles of copper were stolen, making it a $1 billion issue. The reason copper became the go-to metal of thieves is that it was easily available and prices for scrap copper remain relatively high, almost $3 a pound, due to a high demand for the metal for wiring and plumbing, as well as new energy systems and the rechargeable-battery revolution. Each state has established scrap metal laws and procedures that sellers are required to adhere to when
Roane Metals Group buys, sells, and salvages ferrous and non-ferrous metals from individuals, as well as from industries. Within our scrap metal re-purposing services, one of the things we provide is taking scrap metal and preparing it to be re-purposed into rebar, and this is one of the most important recycling processes in the world. The scrap metal collected at our sites in Rockwood and Crossville in East Tennessee is taken to another company in Knoxville, Gerdau, and then turned into rebar.
If it’s metal, we are almost certain we can recycle it for you. At Roane Metals Group, we buy, sell, and salvage ferrous and non-ferrous metals from individuals, as well as from industries. We pride ourselves as stewards of environmentalism by creating an opportunity for East Tennessee to be cleaner and greener. Commercial Metal from HVAC? Automobile repair? Home build? Electrical work? We can recycle it. We are conveniently located to purchase metals from a-to-z – literally aluminum to zinc. As a business entity, we can improve your bottom line by recycling your metal and turning it into operating revenue.