Protect Natural Resources
Virgin metal requires natural ore to be mined and processed, using up limited natural resources. However, when using recycled metal, no additional materials need to be mined, helping to preserve natural resources.
Mining is a disruptive process, to natural resources and local environments and wildlife. It is also costly, reflected in high consumer prices for virgin metal. By increasing metal recycling and reducing mining of ores, the environment, consumers and ore reserves benefit greatly.
Money isn’t everything, but the recycling industry greatly benefits the economy through job creation and local investment. Where dumping metal in landfill may take one employee driving a truck, the recycling process takes many employees performing vital steps.
While benefitting the environment, recycling also benefits the economy. SL Recycling are testament to the growth, investing millions in new sites and staff, helping to put South Wales on the recycling map.
Metal is a great material to recycle because it can generally be recycled again and again. Some metals, such as aluminium, may degrade with each recycling cycle resulting in a material of varying quality, however for the most part, metal can be recycled an unlimited amount. This ensures metal is diverted from landfill indefinitely.