Environmental benefits

The scrap metal recycling industry is a fantastic source of green jobs in the UK. Recycling scrap metals instead of throwing them away and mining for new ores not only helps to stimulate the economy, but it is also beneficial for the environment in several very important ways.

If you’ve ever dropped off a pile of scrap metal at Copia Metals, you know metal recycling can be great for your wallet. But did you know that scrap metal recycling is even better for the environment? Don’t get us wrong, recycling scrap metals to earn extra cash is a good enough reason to do it, but you might be interested to learn how your efforts are contributing to a greener and cleaner future for everyone. Here are some of the environmental benefits of scrap metal recycling.

Conserves natural resources

Certain metals can be recycled almost indefinitely, which means it takes fewer resources to create the metal products we use every day. According to some estimates, recycling one ton of steel conserves approximately 1000kg of iron ore and 650kg of coal. Not only does this conserve many of our planet’s most precious non-renewable resources, but it also helps lower emissions resulting from the extraction, processing and transportation of virgin metal ore.

It can save energy

Mining produces a number of environmental hazards, including groundwater pollution and poisonous runoff. Mining also requires tremendous amounts of energy. Fortunately, scrap metal recycling also has the benefit of reducing the amount of energy required to manufacture many of our everyday metal products. Metal recycling saves up to 92% of the energy required to mine and process aluminium, and up to 90% of the energy used for copper. The energy saved by scrap metal recycling not only reduced greenhouse emissions but also allows our country’s energy resources to be reallocated to more worthwhile endeavours, like transportation.

It can save money

Another reason for you to recycle your metal is because in the end you could save money by doing so. If the majority of people recycled their metal on a regular basis you could find that due to the reduction in the cost to produce metal items it could also cost less for you to purchase metal goods such as canned foods.

According to the EU the following energy savings are already being achieved as a result of using recycled materials:

  • Aluminium – 39 per cent of new materials made using recycled metals, at an energy saving of 95 per cent.
  • Copper – 32 per cent recycled materials at a saving of 85 per cent.
  • Lead – 74 per cent with an energy saving of 60 per cent.
  • Steel – 42 per cent at a saving of between 62 and 74 per cent.
  • Zinc – 20 per cent at a saving of 60 per cent.
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