Why Recycle Metal Anyway?

metal filesKeeping up with everyday recycling (i.e. plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, aluminum cans, etc.) is a fairly easy task now-a-days. If your neighborhood doesn’t have a weekly recycling collection, the chances of there being a drop-off site close by is pretty likely. I guess you could even say that every-day recycling is “the thing” to do, seeing that the world is still riding the “going green” kick. So how come people and businesses aren’t as eager to recycle metals?

While it may not be as easily accessible and convenient as recycling a 2-liter bottle of your favorite soda, recycling metal is just as important to the environment and economy as the every-day recycling we hear so much about in commercials. The United States recycles over a hundred million metric tons of scrap materials every year. That includes iron, steel, aluminum, copper, stainless steel, lead, zinc and more!

Recycling scrap metal doesn’t just provide materials to create NEW metals, but also generates billions of dollars and supports thousands of jobs in the process. Because it costs more to make metals from virgin ore, using recycled material saves money and energy. Metal recycling also conserves natural resources that can and will be put to use elsewhere.

So the next time you question whether it’s worth it to take your scrap metal to the closest metal recycling center, especially Direct Metals Recycling, remember all the benefits that come from recycling metal, and hop in the car. Even if you don’t see the immediate result, it will be worth it in the end. We promise.

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