“Recycling turns things into other things. Which is like MAGIC.”
This is often lost on many of us as we never see the process in action. But the truth is that most all the waste materials that don’t end up in the trash can be processed and made into raw material for making new products. For example, this is often the case for used cans and other metal trash items.
And the truth is that metal recycling can result in a wide variety of new things almost endlessly. That’s because almost every metal can be recycled and reused infinitely – if they don’t end up in landfills instead. Fortunately, it has become quite simple for most people to put a beverage can or even small metal trash their recycling containers.
But what about those times when your metal junk and waste doesn’t fit into any of the recycling bins?
Considering the Importance of Recycling
“Listen up, you couch potatoes: each recycled beer can saves enough electricity to run a television for three hours.”
– Dennis Hayes, author and environmental lobbyist
Everyone agrees that recycling is a good thing. And no one really believes that all of the waste and garbage we generate ought to be hauled off to landfills. Which is a good thing except that, while we all agree with the practice of recycling, it’s not always easy to make that happen.
And a good question to ask at this point might be, “Why does recycling matter?”
Well, recycling is important for several good reasons, such as:
- – Conserving natural resources: Recycling helps to conserve natural resources like minerals, oil, and trees, while reducing the need for extracting new raw materials for manufacturing
- – Reducing waste: Recycling helps to reduce the amount of waste in landfills that takes up valuable space and creates environmental problems.
- – Conserving energy: Less energy is used to recycle than for extracting new raw materials. For example, recycling aluminum cans uses 95 percent less energy than making new ones.
- – Reducing greenhouse gases: Recycling helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that result from the production of new materials.
- – Creating jobs: Recycling creates hundreds of thousands of jobs in industries like waste management, recycling, and manufacturing.
In other words, recycling matters because it helps reduce waste, conserve natural resources, and protect the environment.
And one of the most common materials that seem to show up everywhere and in everything is metal. This could be steel, aluminum, copper, tin, or even iron. And the best part about metals when it comes to recycling is that they can all be recycled over and over again almost endlessly.
But how do you get large, bulk metal items recycled?
Bulk Metal Waste: The Junkyard, the Landfill, or the Recycling Center?
“Recycle. The possibilities are endless.”
Recycling junk metal has a number of significant benefits that can help individuals, communities, and the planet as a whole. From reducing waste and conserving resources to saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the advantages of recycling junk metal are numerous and varied.
When we recycle scrap metal, for example, we reduce the need to extract raw materials. This, in turn, helps to preserve those natural resources including iron ore, coal, and limestone. It also reduces the environmental impact of mining and processing those raw materials, which can have significant ecological and social consequences.
Instead of sending scrap and junk metal to landfills where it not only takes up rapidly diminishing space but can potentially contaminate the environment, recycling junk metal allows it to be infinitely reused and repurposed. And whether it’s waste metal, waste cardboard, or waste plastic, reducing the amount of waste we produce means reducing the amount of resources and energy needed to manage that waste.
And that has positive environmental and economic impacts.
Making things requires energy use. The good news is that by recycling junk metal we actually save energy. In fact, it requires significantly less energy to recycle junk or scrap metal than it does to mine and refine raw materials to make new metals.
According to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, for example, recycling aluminum uses 95 percent less energy than producing new aluminum. And recycling steel saves 60 percent more energy than producing new steel. Of course, saving energy also reduces the need for fossil fuels and the associated greenhouse gas emissions.
Did you know that disposing of junk metal in landfills is like throwing money into the dump?
It’s true! That’s because the scrap metal industry is a significant contributor to the nation’s economy. According to the USGS, the domestic steel industry recycles millions of metric tons per year of steel cans, automobiles, appliances, construction materials, and other steel products. And the scrap metal recycling market in the U.S. is currently at $ 9.2 billion and is anticipated to grow beyond $15.6 billion by 2032, according to one source.
Junk Metal Recycling Often Requires More Than a Recycling Bin
“An enterprising person is one who comes across a pile of scrap metal and sees the making of a wonderful sculpture.”
– Jim Rohn
Sometimes people find themselves with exceptionally large amounts of junk that are made mostly of metal – usually steel – and need to dispose of it.
Why is that? Well, as one online used item seller noted,
“We listed more exercise equipment deals in December than during any other month in 2021, with January coming in a close second.”
Add to that the old household appliances that no longer work and have been simply taking up space and collecting dust, spiders, and other unpleasant things. Maybe, too, there’s an old-fashioned metal swing set, broken lawnmowers, old bikes, and so on that all need to be gotten rid of.
All of these items are made largely of metal – aluminum, steel, iron, and maybe some copper or tin – which can be efficiently recycled if they don’t end up in a landfill somewhere.
In a similar way, many small businesses can find themselves saddled with scrap metal from any number of sources and then finding that there’s not enough space in their corporate recycling dumpster. While larger enterprises may have the vehicle and resources for handling these types of industrial disposal needs, most smaller companies do not.
So, what to do?
Fortunately, all it takes is a simple call to Junk King Tacoma to resolve that problem. And we can take care of it for them quickly and affordably.
You can be assured that when you call Junk King Tacoma, no matter what your junk or bulk waste materials are composed of, we have the means to see that as much of it as possible is recycled. And that goes for both residential and commercial junk removal calls.
At Junk King Tacoma, we aren’t intimidated by bulk metal waste and junk metal items. So, before you decide to make a trip to a landfill or a waste transfer station, have our expert team come and do it all for you.
And we’ll do all the heavy lifting, by the way!
Junk King Tacoma: Your Best Choice for Large Recycling and Junk Removal Needs
One benefit of having a professional firm like Junk King remove your residential or commercial junk metal removal and recycling is that we do everything with the goal of making it easy for you. And we can often schedule an appointment to have your junk taken away the same day you call.
Junk King Tacoma is proud to be a part of North America’s greenest residential junk removal service.
Being green is nothing new for Junk King. In fact, our company first pioneered recycling-based junk removal back in 2005 and we’ve been going green ever since. One way we do this is to routinely sort every load for recyclable materials, e-waste, household goods, textiles, furniture and appliances, in our recycling warehouses.
And for metal, too, of course!
But “being green” also involves us donating, repurposing, and reusing everything we can from clothing, toys, baby furniture and strollers, and even used office furniture and equipment. We do this because the team at Junk King Tacoma is committed to doing all we can to help keep our city and our planet clean, green, and beautiful for the generations to come.
Our team specializes in residential and commercial trash and junk removal and we can usually be at your home or place of work the same day, so give us a call! Our expert and professional crews are fully insured and well-trained, and you can trust them to get rid of your unwanted items in an efficient and courteous fashion.
So, ready to have your junk metal removed and recycled? We make it easy for you!
If you have questions about what we can do for you, just give us a call at 1-888-888-JUNK (5865).