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The Environmental Benefits of Scrap Metal Recycling

Posted on 09 June 2021

While scrap metal recycling is a great way to earn some extra cash, there are many other benefits that go beyond. In fact, the environmental benefits are far-reaching and contribute greatly to modern-day life. As one of the primary scrap yards in Toronto, Tal Metal promotes the proper recycling and disposal of a wide range of scrap metals. In addition, Tal Metal provides easy and practical scrap metal pick up.

The most significant benefit of recycling scrap metal is that the recycled material can be remanufactured over and over again without compromising quality. And while this is a tremendous economic benefit, there's much, much more.

Saving our natural resources

Virgin metal resources around the world are limited. It means that mining virgin ore reduces the world’s natural resources dramatically. When we engage in metal recycling, this slows down the mining process that diminishes or non-renewable resources. More than that, mining uses a lot more energy than recycling, so it makes economic sense. But even today, we really don’t recycle as much as we could be recycling. 

Preventing unsafe toxic leaks 

Electronic waste is a huge problem when it’s not processed correctly. For example, if computers and other electronic devices go to the landfill, toxic substances can start to leak right into the soil. We may not think about it, but with millions of devices being trashed, the damage to the environment is widespread, particularly affecting our precious worldwide water systems.

Reducing emissions like CO2

Metal mining and processing require a lot of energy. This results in large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) being emitted into the atmosphere. Here again, beyond the actual mining of the metal, the impact of processing on the environment is quite negative. By recycling instead of mining, less energy is required, and therefore fewer emissions are generated.

Saving natural animal habitats

There are few industrial processes that damage the environment more than mining. This is mainly because a typical metal mine destroys the surrounding animal habitat. As well, there is soil and water contamination that further compromises animal natural habitats and food sources. By recycling, there’s less need for mines to be operating and less risk of habitat damages.

Worldwide energy conservation

Overall, the process of metal recycling uses fewer resources and energy than mining virgin metal. The big benefit, of course, is that most metals can be effectively recycled indefinitely, thus using less energy every time processing is required. By leveraging the sustainability of scrap metal, we are able to reduce the strain on the environment that metals pose while also enabling calculable financial benefits. In other words, metal recycling is a win-win.

For Scrap Metal Recycling in the Toronto Area Count On Tal Metal

Amongst the many scrap yards in Toronto and throughout the GTA, the team at Tal Metal specializes in “non-ferrous” metals like copper, aluminum, and brass. We also provide scrap metal pick up, making for a much more efficient and streamlined process for our local customers.

To learn more about our wide range of recycling services, contact one of our in-house specialists directly or send us a message online today.

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