Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22nd and is recognized by more than 193 countries. On this day, people demonstrate and promote awareness of environmental issues around the globe. We are honoring our planet by writing about sustainability through repurposing, reusing, and recycling scrap metals. As new products continually enter the marketplace and your home, it is crucial that older metal products find a purpose, instead of filling our trash bins and ultimately taking up unnecessary space in landfills. This Earth Day, make it your goal to collect and repurpose, reuse, or recycle your metals. Here is some inspiration
Scrapping metal is a process, and people who bring in metals to be recycled are often paid on the spot, reaping the rewards of their labor. The environment benefits from scrapping, while the ability to generate income is provided which in turn benefits the economy. Some scrappers even recycle metals as a full-time job! Regardless, there is a steady stream of revenue produced whenever recycling metals. Learn how to get the most out of your time and efforts below.
Last year, first-time events celebrating recycling efforts were hosted on a global level as the United Nations Industrial Development Organization stepped in to support Global Recycling Day as an official holiday. The events surrounding the first Global Recycling Day highlighted the need for partnerships worldwide to advocate and engage communities, businesses, and political entities toward recycling efforts. Since materials recycling occurs locally, our communities must be set up to support global efforts.
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