Recycling means less Greenhouse gasses such as Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide, Nitrous Oxide and Water Vapour are being produced each year.
Good for the environment
We all know that recycling is supposed to be good for the environment and that we should recycle where possible but how many of us are aware of the reasons for recycling scrap metal?
How is recycling metal good for the environment? Recycling metal can aid in the prevention of visual pollution. Metal is acquired through the mining of metal ores and most metal ores are found in untouched, desolate landscapes. Recycling your metal can prevent the mining and therefore the destruction of these landscapes as recycling metal doesn’t involve the extraction of non-renewable metal ore.
Mining doesn’t just destroy a previously flawless landscape, it also destroys the homes of wildlife who may never return.
Reducing chemical pollution
Chemical pollution is also reduced by recycling metals as it cuts down on the amount of transport that is used to deliver the metal. If the metal doesn’t have to be imported from other countries via boat, you can cut back on emissions and the amount of fuel that that could have been used in the shipping.
Recycling metal uses less energy than smelting ore to create new metals. Did you know that it takes approximately the same amount of energy to make one can from raw materials as it does to make 20 cans from recycled metal? Metals such as Aluminium and Copper can save you more than 75% in energy bills when using recycled metal instead of natural resources.
Climate change & global warming
Although global warming is still a major threat, the extent of its effects are being lessened through scrap metal recycling. Did you know that the polar ice is shrinking at a rate of about 3% every decade? This is another reason why recycling is so important.
Reduced need for landfill sites
If we were to recycle everything we could, including our metal, rather than wasting or binning what we consider to be rubbish there would be less of a need for Landfill sites. Landfill sites are one of the largest sources of chemical and visual pollution.
For more information on recycling your metal and the benefits that recycling provides for the Environment call our friendly team at Denron Metals – Adelaide and we’d be happy to answer your questions and arrange to collect and recycle your scrap metal.