So when we recycle metal, we not only preserve natural resources, but we save energy too! For example, recycling aluminum involves melting the scrap, a process that requires only 5% of the energy used to produce virgin aluminum from ore.
According to research conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency, recycling scrap metals can be quite beneficial to the environment.
Using recycled scrap metal in place of virgin iron ore can yield:
Every ton of new steel made from scrap steel saves:
Almost all metals are recyclable; it just depends on where you recycle it. Food or beverage metals are usually generated at home or work and consist of soda cans, canned food containers, and aluminum foil. Scrap metals are items like cooking pans, water heaters, or an old metal shed. For more information on bulky scrap metals, please see the Large Appliances section. Bulky metals are banned from our landfill.
Remember, please give a quick rinse to metals that contained food so it does not contaminate other recyclables.
Any object containing Mercury or Lead must be disposed of differently and cannot go in a recycling bin. Mercury is most commonly found in a thermometer or Compact Fluorescent Light bulb (CFL). For more information, visit the Florescent Lights & Mercury section.
Lead can be found in Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT’s) like old televisions and computer monitors. For information on disposal, visit the TVs & Computer Monitor section.