Metal Facts & Recycling Tips
Metal recycling can be tricky, so it’s best to know all you can. Make sure you’re getting the most for you metals. Here are some metal facts as well as some recycling tips to help you prepare your metals so they are worth as much as possible.
Tip 1: Crush your cans
We buy aluminum cans by the pound. Crush your cans before you bring them in so you can fit more into the same amount of space.
Tip 2: Clean your metals
We pay more for “clean” material. These are non steel materials such as aluminum, copper, or brass that are free of contaminants. Common contaminants are: wood, plastic, steel, rubber, adhesives, and paint. If you clean your material before coming in it will mean more money in your pocket. If you have any questions on how to clean your material please ask our staff. They are happy to help.
Tip 3: Prepare your Steel
Bringing in Steel? We pay more for steel that is “prepared”. This means it is clean (see above) and cut into lengths shorter than 5′. Take a few extra minuets to prepare your steel and make sure you get the most for your scrap.
– An aluminum can recycled today will be back on the grocery shelf in about 90 days!
– About 65 % of America’s aluminum is currently recycled.
– On average, Americans recycle 2 out of every 3 aluminum cans they use.
– Making aluminum cans from recycled aluminum takes 95% less energy than making cans from virgin ore.
– Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for almost four hours or run your television for three hours.
– Copper is the best non-precious metal conductor of electricity.
– The United States annually recycles enough copper to provide the copper content for 25,000 Statues of Liberty.
– Copper and copper alloy scrap provides almost half of the copper consumed in the United States each year.
– The United States provides more than 20 percent of the world supply of recovered copper.
– In 2012, the U.S. ferrous scrap industry, was valued at $30.1 billion.
– On average, the United States processes enough ferrous scrap daily, by weight, to build 25 Eiffel Towers every day of the year.
– In 2012, the U.S. scrap industry recycled more than 55 million metric tons of ferrous metal.
– Steel produced by predominantly scrap-fed electric-arc furnaces accounted for nearly 60 percent of the total raw steel produced in the United States in 2012—nearly 55 million metric tons.
– The United States is the largest exporter of ferrous scrap in the world. In 2012, more than 20 million metric tons of ferrous scrap—valued at more than $9 billion—was exported to approximately 90 countries, including China, South Korea, Turkey, Taiwan, Canada, and India.