Earth Day: Repurpose, Reuse, and Recycle Your Scrap Metals!

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Earth Day: Repurpose, Reuse, and Recycle Your Scrap Metals!

Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22nd and is recognized by more than 193 countries. On this day, people demonstrate and promote awareness of environmental issues around the globe. We are honoring our planet by writing about sustainability through repurposing, reusing, and recycling scrap metals. As new products continually enter the marketplace and your home, it is crucial that older metal products find a purpose, instead of filling our trash bins and ultimately taking up unnecessary space in landfills. This Earth Day, make it your goal to collect and repurpose, reuse, or recycle your metals. Here is some inspiration to get you started!

Repurpose Metals for Earth Day with Your Scrap Yard

In 2017 alone, the amount of scrap iron and steel processed was 66 million metric tons! Scrap metal is surprisingly found everywhere and lying around your home could be the opportunity to give back to the planet by repurposing metals.

Old scrap metals from automobile repairs, home builds, old sheds, extraneous appliances, and more can be melted down and repurposed into reinforcement bar, also termed rebar. The process is quite fascinating, as scrap metal turns into a melted liquid form offsite. Once liquified, the metals are pulled through small openings which give rebar its familiar shape. The rebar then is used in construction and building supports.

Find a Reuse for Metal this Earth Day at Your Scrap Yard

Metals taken from commercial build sites and industrial parks do not need to end up in landfills. Instead, take these old metals to a scrap yard, which reuses them to recreate new metals in the industry.

Old, bent siding from commercial buildings can be repurposed into new metals with help from your scrap yard. New metal roofing and siding is made from the highest content of recycled materials from the most recycled metals on earth! Consider aluminum, while it may not bring a lot of money at a scrap yard, it can be reused again. Reusing aluminum saves 80% of the energy that was used to make it and this metal is found in more places than you think such as window frames, doors, and gutters.

Recycle Metals for Earth Day at a Scrap Yard

Without a doubt, the best way to help the environment when considering scrap metals is to bring them in for recycling. Selling scrap metals to a yard yields an economic benefit for you and your business. Metals are sorted, weighed, and it is likely that you can be paid for metals on the day you deliver them. Scrap metal recycling is a valuable commodity, not waste. The scrap metals are processed from numerous sources including old appliances, excess materials from manufacturing, and metals from commercial and industrial operations as well as municipal programs. The processed metal is sorted into specific-grade products that manufacturers such as foundries, paper mills, steel mills, and fabricators then purchase and use in the creation of new products. Scrap metal is gathered from two sources: obsolete scrap and prompt/prime scrap. Obsolete comes from products that are decommissioned while prime scrap comes in various forms including metal shavings, clippings, and turnings. 

Roane Metals Repurposes, Reuses, and Recycles Scrap Metals in Tennessee

This Earth Day, make a conscious choice to repurpose, reuse, and recycle scrap metals instead of adding to already overcrowded landfills. Roane Metals cares about our environment and by taking the time to recycle the scrap metal, you can earn money and feel good about helping the Earth for future generations. Let us know if you have any questions about what metals we take, the current price of metals in the marketplace, and how we can help you make the world a better place this Earth day! You can reach us at online or by calling 865-354-4282.