When it comes to getting rid of metals, or items containing metals, most people just throw them out in the trash and never think of them again. However, taking these metal items to scrap yards to scrap is a better option not only for the environment, as it is recycling, but also to put some money in your pockets. As scrap yards are willing to pay money for both ferrous and non-ferrous metals.
Advantages of Recycling Metals
When it comes to energy, it takes less energy to turn scrap metal into a new product than harvesting new resources to make new products. The metal is already there and doesn't need to be created and the only thing that needs to happen is the scrap needs to be modified for its new purpose. To show how much energy is being saved, when you recycle one ton of metal it is the equivalent to the energy required to run four homes for four months!
Conserves Natural Resources
When you recycle metals, you conserve diminishing natural resources as they recycling industry can make use of the existing metals rather than drilling deep and recouping new base metals. When existing metals are used, it preserves the natural landscape and protects wildlife. when resources needed to be minded, you are disturbing the natural habitats of species in that area.
Slow Landfill Growth
The biggest benefit out of recycling, no matter if it is metals or not, is the fact that it keeps them out of landfills. Metal especially, take a long time to biodegrade and recycling these items will prevent landfill overgrowth which is never a good thing for the environment.