Why is it good to recycle scrap metal?
There are several reasons you should consider recycling any scrap metal you have lying around, not only for the sake of your business, but also for the environment. Here are the top three reasons it’s good to recycle scrap metal:
Let’s start with the obvious, by recycling your scrap metal with a waste management company like SL Recycling, you are earning a profit from any scrap that can be used. It’s a no-brainer really – why have scrap sitting at your site, when you could sell it for money that can be reinvested into your business?
Conserves Raw Materials
Essentially, the less virgin metal ore that needs to be mined out of the ground, the better off our planet will be. By recycling scrap metal you are putting old metal back into the system and reducing the need for new virgin metal, which is great. Since mining and purifying virgin metal requires extremely high levels of energy, recycling scrap metal also produces less greenhouse gasses – which is another win for the environment.
By recycling scrap metal instead of simply throwing it away, you are reducing unnecessary landfill. As well as being unsightly and taking up space, landfill is extremely bad for the environment, as it can lead to decaying particles contaminating the surrounding landscapes. In the case of metal landfill, it’s metals like lead and mercury which are particularly hazardous when they break down.