Introduction: A Few Economical Benefits
Recycling scrap metal has both economical and environmental benefits. For example, it helps to keep a large amount of metal, such as aluminum out of the landfills and junk yards Phoenix. Some companies even offer a few cents to a few dollars per piece of metal. A study conducted by the Institute of Scrap Metal Recycling Industries (SMRI) also found a couple of other less obvious benefits, which included:
-that it benefits over 400,000 jobs nationwide in the U.S. and generates over $10 billion annually for both state and local governments
-it generated over $90 billion in the U.S. nationwide, which is said to include the size of the fishing and forestry industries combined.
Recycling scrap metal helps to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases and to conserve more natural resources. Making scrap metal out of pure ore tends to emit tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere but recycling the metal cuts this down to a total of over three quarters with over 90% for aluminum and copper and over 50% for steel. Recycling even just a ton of steels cuts back on over 2,000 tons of iron ore, over 1,000 pounds of coal and over 115 pounds of limestone. Especially eradicating the need for coal mines would be very beneficial due to their harm to both the environment and to the overall health of living creatures-particularly the fact that they are notorious for causing black lung disease in humans.
Aluminum cans are probably one of the most common, if not the most common, scrap metals around. We drink our sodas and some teas from them. Unfortunately, less than half of them are still recycled and in order to keep replacing them, more pure materials have to be used and this emits a ton of greenhouse gases, which include sulfuric and nitrogen oxide. Aluminum is considered to be a non-perishable metal and can be recycled a ton of times over without losing its material. The recycling process of a single can takes approximately two months. Also one can made from the pure materials is worth over 15 recycled cans. The amount of energy saved with one recycled can is equal to three hours of power on a television set.