In the United States, waste metal recycling is the preferred form of recycling. The recycling of steel and aluminum is infinite. Metal scrap is either ferrous (steel, iron, and copper) or nonferrous (tin brass, copper aluminum). Metal is used to make home appliances like dishwashers, washing machines and stoves. The two categories of discarded appliances are refrigerants or non-refrigerants.
There are four stages of metal recycling
Metal recycling has four stages: metal collection, metal processing (where the metal is compacted), metal shredding and metal sale to mini-mills which produce steel. The recycling process uses 74 per cent less energy than using virgin materials.
Tips for dealing with unwanted appliances
1. Ask the driver of the new appliance to bring the old with them. The companies either recycle it or dispose of the appliance properly.
2. You can hire a professional to disassemble the appliance, and then remove all recyclable components to be taken to the local recycling facility.
3. You can sell the appliance on the Internet or donate it to charity. If it is still in good condition, you could give it to a close friend or even list it at freecycle.com.
Recyclable Metals Offers Many Benefits
In 1965, aluminum cans were introduced as beverage containers. Aluminum cans are the most recyclable containers in America because they can be recycled multiple times. Recycling aluminum can have positive effects on the environment, economy, and community.
Saving energy, natural resources and money are all environmental benefits. In just 2 months, an aluminum can can be turned into a brand new one and placed back on shelves for sale. The recycling of 54 billion aluminum cans in 2007 saved the equivalent energy of 15,000,000 barrels of crude petroleum.
Recycling aluminum cans has many economic advantages. The aluminum industry purchases over $800,000,000 worth of empty cans each year to recycle. These funds can be donated to charities and non-profit organizations. These groups often recycle cans in order to raise money for themselves. Aluminum industry money is used to fund community services when cans are collected curbside. Aluminum industry even collaborated with Habitat for Humanity to allow them to place can-drop-off boxes at various locations in order to raise funds for housing families and individuals.
It’s best to use it for other foods before recycling aluminum foil with cans. Simply wash and dry it with your dishes.
Recycling machines are available in many local supermarkets. The cans will be fed through a slot, and depending on where you live you may receive a coupon for the amount you have collected.