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Scrap Metal Recycling for Sustainability

Posted on 19 March 2020

There’s so much more to scrap metal recycling than simply cleaning up your garage and cashing in. In more recent years, metal recycling has become indispensable to both society and industry. It’s about better managment of our natural resources, reducing our dependence on landfills, and reducing manufacturing costs.

The ideal scenario for sustainability is based on the three R’s – reduce, reuse, and recycle.  And here, scrap metal recycling plays a big role, relieving the reliance on mining new ores and therefore relieving the stresses on the environment. You might say that metal recycling facilities are just like “above ground mining”.

Scrap metal shouldn’t be considered waste – it’s a valuable “continuous resource” that allows industry to re-manufacture vehicles, appliances, and even airplanes. We should be looking at scrap metal as one of our precious resources, one that can be re-purposed into countless products, and many times over.

The environmental benefits of scrap metal recycling        

When industries recycle metal, there’s far less energy used compared to processing metal from virgin ore. There are also far less greenhouse gas emissions, which are harmful to the environment (and a cause of climate change). In fact, statistics reveal that recycling scrap metal cuts greenhouse gas emissions by millions and millions of tons.

By using scrap metal instead of virgin ore, industry generates significantly less waste from the mining process. More than that, almost half the amount of water is used when products are manufactured with recycled metal. As an example, recycling aluminum and copper uses 90% less energy than mining and processing from virgin ore.

The economic benefits of scrap metal recycling

When it comes to the economic benefits of scrap metal recycling, there are some impressive statistics. To begin with, the recycling industry in North America provides gainful employment for millions of workers. Additionally, there are exponentially more jobs created through recycling than through incinerating waste or sending waste to landfill.

The bottom line is that metal recycling contributes to environmental sustainability, while benefiting the economy. Importantly, metal recycling positively affects global climate issues without compromising the economy in any way. Going forward, the benefits will continue as more and more people become aware.

In Toronto, Tal Metal operates an environmentally-conscious facility

Serving Toronto, and communities throughout the GTA, Tal Metal makes every effort to operate a metal recycling facility that is environmentally conscious. We’re doing what we can to help the environment, and to redirect residential and commercial metal waste from landfill.

In maintaining good operating practices, Tal Metal pays special attention to industry rules and regulations when recycling and processing scrap metal. The idea is to decrease metal impurities and curb levels of hazardous material (governed by provincial/federal laws).

Tal Metal are leaders in the scrap metal recycling industry, and strives to be environmentally friendly.  The beneficial consequences of recycling scrap metal waste are far reaching for industry and society. For Tal Metal, being environmentally conscious is how we operate – and it’s good for business.

Find out more about Tal Metal by calling 844-282-9994 (Toronto and GTA) or visit our company website at https://www.talmetal.ca.

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