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10 interesting facts about Scrap Metal

Scrap metal recycling impacts us and the planet in many different ways. Here’s 10 interesting facts about scrap metal recycling.

  1. Scrap metal recycling as we know it today has evolved into a major industry and because of this it employs more than 100,000 people in Australia alone.
  2. Recycling one tonne of steel saves 1,136 kg of iron ore, 454 kg of coal and 18 kg of limestone
  3. Metal recycling helps recreated new product once the original items has reached the end of its useful life.
  4. Recycling scrap metals including iron and aluminum can be benefit local construction project such as roads and bridges.
  5. Reusing scrap metal has supported many industries to reduce their environment impact e.g. reduced mining of natural and scare resources.
  6. Recycled aluminum can be melted at a much lower temperature than new aluminum therefore saving on energy.
  7. Scrap metal recycling helps reduce Co2 emissions created through mining, transport and smelting.
  8. Recycling scrap metal reduces the need for landfills sites and leads to a positive effect on water supply, soil and land usage.
  9. In addition recycling reduces greenhouse gasses by making a huge saving on the amount of energy needed to manufacture the equivalent products. This energy saved can be used in better ways to power our vehicles or heat our homes.
  10. Many non-ferrous metals including copper, nickel, tin, lead and zinc are among only a handful of materials that won’t degrade or lose their physical/chemical properties during the recycling process. As a result many non-ferrous metals have the ability to be recycled an infinite number of times without weakening the end product.