most common recycled metal is steel

The Most Commonly Recycled Scrap Metal 

Did you know that steel is the most commonly recycled metal used on the planet? It is found in automobiles, home furnishings, and everyday food packaging.  Steel is also used in huge industrial projects as well, such as bridge construction, commercial buildings, and pipelines.  The overall steel recycling rate in 2014 for construction was 98 percent for structural and 71 percent for reinforcement steels.  Through recycling, end-of-life products and structures can be made into new, raw materials with no degradation of its properties.  

Incentives to Recycle Scrap Metal

Many people are motivated by the financial incentives when it comes to recycling scrap metals.  Value can range greatly from metal to metal, copper being one of the most valuable.  The overall mission for recycling however, is to preserve natural resources while requiring less energy to create new products.  This offers a lower carbon footprint by emitting fewer dangerous gasses and less carbon dioxide.  Recycling can also cut down on production costs for manufacturing businesses while carving out room for new job opportunities within the companies.  

Some interesting facts about recycling steel:

  • Around 100 million steel and tin cans are used every single day in the United States.
  • More than 18,000 curbside, drop-off and buyback programs accept steel cans which provides 160 million American consumers with access to steel can recycling.
  • Recycled steel makes up just about 40 percent of worldwide steel production.
  • Close to 42 percent of crude steel in the United States is made of recycled components.
  • Steel makes up 95 percent of the recycling rate of automobiles, 70 percent recycling rate of steel packaging, and 88 percent recycling rate of appliances.

Can we move to using 100% recycled steel?

As important as it is to use recycled steel, it is actually necessary to continue to use some quantities of virgin materials.  This is because so many steel structures and products stay durable and in use for many decades at a time.  This creates ongoing steel demand for new materials.  The sources for steel scrap continue to be plentiful.  It surrounds us in our everyday lives.  From our home appliances and fixtures, to the buildings we work in and the bridges we drive over. 

Does your Arizona business create steel waste?

Give Consolidated Resources Inc a call at (623) 931-5009 and we’ll show you how you can efficiently recycle your scrap metal.

Article Resources:

https://www.steelsustainability.org/recycling 

https://www.thebalancesmb.com/an-introduction-to-metal-recycling-4057469#:~:text=Metals%20can%20be%20recycled%20repeatedly,silver%2C%20brass%2C%20and%20gold

The Top 5 Industries that Produce Scrap Metal

There are many different places scrap metal can come from.  Whether it’s a discarded washer and dryer, beams from an old building, or excess metal from a bridge.  Wherever these scraps come from however, it’s important to make sure they are recycled properly.  If scraps are tossed in a landfill, certain metals may contain toxins which can contaminate water and soil in that surrounding area. Industrial scrap recycling is important for economic and environmental reasons and can help to provide manufacturers with metals for everyday uses.  Scrap metals go through a process which includes collection, sorting, and shipping.  They then go on to a shredding and melting process that may include purifying the metals.  

Here are the top 5 industries that produce scrap metal:

The Auto Manufacturing Industry

Car parts are widely used in scrap metal recycling.  Steel and aluminum are some of the most common metals found within this industry.  In 2015, it was reported that the United States recycled 67 million metric tons of ferrous metal.  Automobiles were the largest source recycled, totaling a whopping 11 million cars.

The Construction Industry

An incredibly reliable source for scrap metals, the construction industry generates very large amounts of scrap from skyscrapers, residential and commercial buildings, and new homes.  Carbon steel is widely used within this industry.  Electrical components, piping, and wiring are common scrap metals as well; usually being made of copper.

Appliances

Appliances can range from industrial kitchen equipment to home washer and dryers.  Consumer demand for new products such as air conditioners, ovens, and refrigerators is constantly increasing.  This creates an ongoing demand for new metals, showing the importance of recycling our old appliances.

Airplanes

Similar to the auto body and auto manufacturing industry, airplane manufacturing develops lots of leftover parts in their plants.  Common metals seen within this industry include aluminum, steel, and titanium.

Home furnishings

Home furnishings can include interior structures, furniture, and large appliances.  There are many different parts of the home that can create scrap metals that you wouldn’t expect.  For instance, storm windows are often made with aluminum frames.  Also, a screen door’s frame can be entirely made of aluminum which can be recycled.

The Importance of Recycling Scrap Metal

Scrap metal recycling lays the groundwork for a very powerful industry.  In 2014, U.S. nonferrous scrap had a value approaching $32 billion.  In 2015, the U.S. ferrous scrap industry was worth $18.3 billion.  End-of-life structures, appliances, and products can be made new again through this industrial process.  Scrap metals can be recycled time and again with no degradation of its properties. Offering a much lower carbon footprint, it provides the raw material for new products and is a much more eco-friendly way to mass-produce. 

Choose Consolidate Resources for your Scrap Metal Recycling Needs

Consolidated Resources, Inc. strives to provide the very best industrial metal recycling solutions to businesses in the Phoenix metro area of Arizona.

If your business produces scrap metals, give us a call at (623) 931-5009. We can review your waste and provide you with a custom recycling program that maximizes the value of your scrap metal. We look forward to discussing your waste stream needs!

https://glescrap.com/industrial-scrap-metal-recycling/

https://www.thebalancesmb.com/about-metal-recycling-2877921

Ferrous vs non-ferrous scrap metal

The Difference Between Ferrous & Non-Ferrous Scrap Metal

Both ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals have value in today’s market. Consolidated Resources, Inc., is Arizona’s expert in optimizing industrial waste streams for the industrial and commercial community. Here’s a quick guide to determine if you’re company creates ferrous or non-ferrous scrap metal.

Ferrous & Non-Ferrous Metals

Both non-ferrous and ferrous metals have specific properties which determine the operations they are best used for.  One main difference is that non-ferrous metals do not contain iron and ferrous metals do.

Common ferrous metals include:

  • steel,
  • alloy steel,
  • carbon steel,
  • wrought iron, and
  • cast iron.

Non-ferrous metals include:

  • lead,
  • zinc,
  • aluminum,
  • copper, and
  • tin.

Precious metals like gold and silver are also considered non-ferrous.

We come across both ferrous and non-ferrous metals in our everyday lives.

Whether this be in the cars we drive, the piping in our homes, or tools and appliances we use.

Ferrous metals

Many ferrous metals tend to be incredibly durable such as steel used in manufacturing industries or cast iron used within stoves and machine tools.  Carbon steel is widely used within the construction industry and can be seen used in anything from kitchen knives to buildings and bridges.

Non-ferrous metals

Non-ferrous metals are much more malleable than ferrous ones are.  Metals such as aluminum and copper can be easily forged.  Aluminum is also lightweight and works well with aircrafts as well as small everyday items such as cans and kitchen utensils.  Lead is seen in electric power cables as well as in batteries and soldering.

Recycling Ferrous & Non-ferrous Metals

It’s really important to understand the differences between these two metals if you are interested in recycling them.  So whether you are in the construction industry, remodeling a home, or are replacing pipes, knowing which metals or electrical parts are recyclable and how they can be recycled is incredibly helpful.

Choose Consolidate Resources for you Ferrous & Non-Ferrous Metal Recycling Needs

Consolidated Resources, Inc. strives to provide the very best industrial metal recycling solutions to businesses in the Phoenix metro area of Arizona.

If your business produces scrap metals, give us a call at (623) 931-5009. We can review your scrap metals, and provide you with a custom recycling program that maximizes the value of your scrap metal. We look forward to discussing your waste stream needs!

Additional Ferrous & Non-Ferrous Metal Information

https://www.metalsupermarkets.com/the-difference-between-ferrous-and-non-ferrous-metal/
https://globefab.com/blog/difference-ferrous-nonferrous-metals/

 

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The Wonderful World of Steel – Identifying & Recycling

At Consolidated Resources, Inc., we believe it’s important to educate our current and future customers about the materials they can recycle. Many business owners aren’t aware of the financial & environmental benefits of recycling their metal scrap. In this article we offer a brief introduction to the various grades and common types of steel, one of the many materials CRI processes.  

There are over 3,500 different grades of steel according to the World Steel Association.  Each grade has its own individual chemical and unique physical qualities.  By appearance alone, it can be tough to differentiate numerous types of steel.  Grading systems are used to distinguish steels based on their specific properties.

Common Grades of Recyclable Steel

The four basic grades are:

  • Mild Steel – used in pipe and steel framing 0.05% to 0.3% carbon

  • Medium Carbon Steel – forging and vehicle parts 0.3% to 0.6 % carbon

  • High-Carbon Steel – springs and wire 0.6% to 1% carbon

  • Tool Steel – cutting and drilling tools 1% – 2% carbon

The surface of steel must be protected, galvanized, or painted as it can easily rust. One common recognizable steel item is a galvanized trash can.  With ten percent or more chromium added to prevent rust, stainless steel, which is a carbon steel, can be used to hold hot liquids and food items.  It’s very prevalent within restaurant kitchens including countertops, silverware, and pots and pans.  Popular for its corrosion resistance, it’s about 200 times more resistant to corrosion than mild steel.

Carbon steel is widely used within the construction industry and can be used to make bridges, pipelines, and skyscrapers.  The inexpensive price point makes it easier to be the main component of such large projects.  Carbon steels account for 90% of total steel production.

Alloying elements which can be silicon, nickel, copper, and aluminum make up some of the internal components of alloy steels.  You can find alloy steels within auto parts, electric motors, rails, construction equipment, and wires.

Tool steels are often used in cutting and drilling equipment. They consist of cobalt, tungsten, molybdenum, and vanadium in shifting quantities, depending on needed staying power and heat resistance.

For more information about identifying different types of steel, visit these resources:

https://www.thoughtco.com/steel-grades-2340174

https://www.weldersuniverse.com/metals_steels.html

At Consolidated Resources, Inc., we strive to provide the very best industrial recycling solutions to Arizona businesses. If your business has any of the grades of steel described in this article or other scrap metals that can be recycled, give us a call at (623) 931-5009. Our goal is to increase the value of your scrap metal. We look forward to discussing your waste stream needs!

How to Reduce Electronic Waste?

Our world today is dominated by technology and electronics. Companies are now competing to release the next greatest product that will make our lives easier and are constantly outdoing the last product. This constant innovation and development of new products have created a vicious cycle of generating obsolete waste.

Not only are our landfills filling up with decomposable trash and recyclable items, now it is filling up with electronic waste (e-waste) that poses an even more significant threat to nature. However, with a concentrated and honest effort, there are several ways that we can reduce the amount of e-waste that ends up being thrown away.

Electronics that wear out, break or become obsolete thanks to newer products have become a serious problem because the easy answer is to just dispose of it like normal garbage. Some examples include cell phones, TV’s, computers, printers, phones, refrigerators and other appliances.

These electronics are often thrown away with normal trash for a variety of reasons, but most electronics can be handled in a different way. The hardest type of products to recycle are ones with cathode ray tubes (CRTs) displays, and this is due to their extremely high concentrations of lead and phosphors. CRTs are necessary for display monitors, which can be found in old TVs, computer monitors and more.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) includes discarded CRT monitors in its “hazardous household waste” category. Similarly to CRT displays, LCD and plasma (newer technology) display screens are dangerous as well. While no landfill item is completely harmless to the environment, e-waste poses an imminent threat due to the toxic chemicals and materials that they often contain.

As e-waste breaks down over time, it ultimately ends up polluting the water table that impacts ecosystems, drinking water, and our planet. Electronics of all types contain numerous hazardous metals and materials that make their way into the ecosystems around the world when they end up being thrown away in landfills.

Arsenic, lead, and polybrominated flame retardants are just a few of the common materials that are found in electronics that are toxic to living things. With over 40 million tons of electronic waste thrown away each year, the time to act is now.


Here are some easy tips on how to reduce e-waste:

  • Donate or sell– instead of immediately throwing out electronics that still work, post them online or find programs that accept donations. Repurposing old electronics is a great way to keep them out of the landfills and to let those who need them have them.
  • Retailer recycling– more and more retailers and companies have incentives for customers to bring in their old and outdated models of electronics.
  • Research e-waste recycling center locations– most states run recycling centers or collection drives for residents to bring in their old electronics to be recycled.
  • Know laws regarding battery disposal– knowing the laws in your state regarding battery and electronic disposal are crucial. It can be illegal to throw away certain types of batteries and electronics due to the materials that they contain.
  • Energy Star rated appliances– the EPA offers a special program that offers rebates for those consumers that recycle their old appliances and purchase new, energy-star rated appliances.
  • Extend the life of your electronics– by taking proper care of your electronics, you can easily extend the useable life of them. If everyone just reduces the number of products that they go through and dispose of just a fraction, the amount of e-waste can be reduced greatly.

At Consolidated Resources, Inc., we strive to offer our customers the very best and most comprehensive recycling solutions for businesses of Arizona. We efficiently handle everything from storage needs to scheduled pickup to make recycling as easy as possible for your business.

To learn more about how we can be your business’s single-source solution for all your recycling needs, contact us today.

10 Effects of Littering on Animals and Environment

If you have ever driven down the highway, took a walk along the lakeshore or even walked through the city streets, you have seen littering firsthand. Discarded waste either on purpose or by accident, littering is an eyesore to the natural beauty, but it has many more serious consequences that impact the environment and animals alike.

So, the next time you consider throwing a piece of trash on the ground or not picking up after yourself, remember these astounding facts about the effects of littering and the impact you could potentially be making.

So, here are ten effects of littering on animals and the environment:

  • Nine billion tons of litter end up in the oceans each year. This mind-blowing number doesn’t include the amount of trash that does make it into the garbage. It is hard to wrap your head around what nine billion pounds of trash would look like.
  • Litter from food and drinks can increase the likelihood of animal encroachment and even attacks. Animals are in constant search of food and when we litter our food waste, the animals become intrigued and venture further and further from their natural habitats.
  • Trash on roads and highways can lead to accidents. Swerving to miss trash while driving can be an extremely dangerous situation.
  • Nearly 40% of roadway litter is comprised of tobacco products and the littering rate for cigarette butts is over 60%. This is a large percentage of users may be attributed to the fact that many smokers do not consider cigarette butts as pieces of litter.
  • The time that various materials take to decompose can be the most shocking statistic regarding litter and the impact on the environment. Here is a look at some of the most common litter items and how long they take to decompose-
    • Plastic bags- 100-1000 years
    • Plastic bottles- over 450 years
    • Aluminum cans- 80-200 years
    • Glass- while it can easily be melted down and recycled, glass can take up to a million years to fully decompose.
    • Cigarette butts- 10-12 years
    • Plywood- 1-3 years
    • Painted Wood- 13 years
    • Cardboard- 2 months
    • Lumber- 10-15 years
  • Plastic materials that enter the water systems can have serious consequences on marine life. Animals can consume small pieces that will break down in their systems and release toxins that are then consumed by people. Also, marine life can be asphyxiated in plastic bags, wrap or 6-pack rings.
    Plastic debris floating on the ocean surface, shot underwater.
  • Land animals are also impacted by littering. Poisoning from spoiled food, food wrappers and containers that can be ingested or contaminated water can be consumed. These instances can lead to sickness, internal health problems or even death for the unlucky animals that find themselves confronted with human garbage.
  • Fire hazards are another major concern. Paper and plastics tend to be extremely flammable and will easily ignite causing a fire. Also, littering of cigarette butts is another major concern for fires.
  • When organic waste enters the aquatic environment, algal blooms will occur. These sudden outbursts of algae create a carpet-like layer on the surface of the water that chokes out other vegetation, prevents oxygen from diffusing into the water and some types may even produce toxins.
  • Many items that are littered contain harmful chemicals that are manmade and toxic to living organisms and can contaminate the water table.

It’s very easy to see the consequences that littering has on the environment. Proper waste management and recycling efforts can greatly reduce the amount of litter produced and the impact that it has on the environment.

If your business does not have a comprehensive recycling system in place, let us help! Consolidated Resources, Inc. has been serving the Valley for nearly 30 years by providing businesses with specific recycling solutions that range from custom-built storage containers to access the best prices on the market for your materials. To learn more about how we can help your business save money and make an impact, contact us today.

Impressive Facts About Recycling Metals

It’s easy to say you should start recycling because it’s good for the environment however making the commitment can be difficult. There are a variety of reasons recycling doesn’t happen as much as it should, but if we look at some of the benefits of reusing metals, it begins to make sense. Metals are a finite resource and mining new, virgin materials is not only costly and hazardous, but depletes natural reserves.

To help you understand how your business can make an impact, some of the benefits of recycling metals are listed below:

  • Recycling scrap metals may cut greenhouse gas emissions by 300-500 million tons according to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. Greenhouses gases may influence climate change and increase the levels of pollution in cities that produce metals. The production of new metals generates far greater volumes of these gases and pollution than using recycled metals.
  • When comparing the amount of energy required in processing recycled metals vs. producing new metals from raw materials, the difference is significant. There is more than a 90% energy savings when using recycled aluminum and copper and more than a 50% savings when using recycled steel. Lower energy costs result in lower productions costs which are passed along to the consumer.
  • According to the National Recycling Coalition, the recycling industry helps the economy by generating more than $230 billion annually and employing more than a million people across the country.
  • Not only does recycling help conserve the metal resources, but it also helps save other natural resources that are used in production. For example, recycling one ton of steel helps conserve 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone.
  • Utilizing scrap metal cuts down on over 90% of mining waste and uses 40% less water. These benefits drastically help the environment, especially in regions where water is not an expendable commodity.
  • Recycling one soda can worth of aluminum helps conserve enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for more than four hours. 20 recycled aluminum cans are created with the energy that is required to produce one can using raw materials.
  • The United States recycles more than 150 million metric tons of scrap metals annually.
  • Recycling metal helps support thirty-six times more jobs than if these materials were being sent to an incinerator and six times more jobs than if it were just being sent to landfills.

As you can see, there are significant environmental benefits to recycling metals but also significant economic impacts as well. Energy conservation, less landfill space, pollution reduction, job creation and increased profits are directly related to the amount of metals that are recycled each year. We at Consolidated Resources believe in the benefits of recycling not only metals but all reusable materials. To learn how we can help you with your businesses unique recycling needs, visit our website.

An Introduction to Composite Materials

You’ve probably heard the term “composite” in any number of situations but when it comes to manufacturing or industrial purposes, you may have asked yourself, “what are composite materials?” In an effort to shy away from the heavy technical terms and definitions, at this point, composites are essentially combinations of components. While this is a very elementary definition of the word, composites themselves are actually extremely advanced and result in materials that are stronger, more efficient or durable as a sum of its parts.

When two or more natural or artificial materials (with different physical and chemical properties) are combined through in-depth processes, a new material is made that is intended to serve a specific purpose. The key to developing composites is choosing materials that won’t lose their desirable qualities when combined but instead contribute the best ones to improve the final product.

There are several types of composite materials that are found throughout a variety of industries today. Some examples include:

  • Concrete- perhaps one of the most common artificial composite made, concrete typically consists of loose stones (aggregate) that is held together with a matrix of cement. Concrete is very strong but due to the physical properties that do not allow it to stretch, steel rods are often used to help resist stretching.
  • Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP)- often made by incorporating reinforcing fiber in a polymer matrix. The reinforcing fibers can either be engineered, man-made or naturally occurring like glass, carbon, or aramid. The polymer matrix protects the fibers from environmental and external damage while helping to distribute and transfer the load between fibers.
  • Wood – plywood is the most commonly thought of composite material made from wood. It is made from thin layers (plies) of wood veneer that are glued to other layers of veneers with their wood grains 90 degrees to adjacent layers. Other common wood composites include medium-density fibreboard, particle board, wood plastic composite and pykrete.
  • Shape Memory Polymers- these materials are prized for their (you guessed it) memory of shape. Typically made by combining a fiber or fabric reinforcement with a shape memory polymer resin as the matrix. When heated above their activation temperature, the resins can easily be manipulated into various configurations but when temperatures are lowered, these composites have high strength and stiffness qualities.
  • High Strain Composites- these are another type of high-performance composites that are specially designed to withstand large amounts of deformation. Similar to shape memory polymers, high strain composites get their desirable qualities from the fiber layouts rather than the resin matrix.
  • Sandwich-structured Composites- this is a unique class of composites that are manufactured by attaching two thin but extremely stiff layers to a thick but lightweight core. The need for these types of composites is because of their weight, low density and extreme stiffness. For example, NASA uses these composites for space shuttle panels.

While these are just a very few of the numerous composites that are produced today, it is important to know that even composites, like other materials, can be recycled. If you are unsure of how to prepare your business’s unused materials, call Consolidated Resources, Inc today. We have been serving Arizona’s industrial recycling needs for more than 25 years. Our comprehensive solutions will help make recycling easy and hassle-free.

What Do You Want to Know About Titanium?

At Consolidated Resources, Inc., we believe that the more knowledge our current customers and future customers have regarding the materials that they recycle the better. Much of the recycling problems that we are experiencing today stem from a population that is unaware of the importance, both environmentally and monetary, of recycling. So, to start the spread of knowledge here is some information regarding titanium.

If you are somewhat familiar with the periodic table of elements, you may, in fact, know that titanium has an atomic number of 22 and goes by the symbol Ti. However, there is probably a great deal of information you do not know about titanium, its properties, its uses, why it is important to recycle.

Here are some pretty interesting facts regarding titanium to add to your wealth of knowledge and maybe win that bonus round at trivia night in the future:

  • Titanium was discovered in 1791 in Cornwall, Great Britain. William Gregor is credited with the discovery while Martin Heinrich Klaproth named it after the Greek mythology icons, the Titans.
  • Titans mean “first sons of Earth” in Latin.
  • Almost all living things, bodies of water, rocks, and soils contain titanium. Typically, the element is found within a number of mineral deposits like rutile and ilmenite, both of which are readily found throughout the Earth’s crust. It is the 9th most abundant element in the Earth’s crust, to be specific.
  • Titanium is only found in compounds and does not exist in its pure state in nature.
    • Titanium dioxide is a popular photocatalyst and often used to color white pigments
    • Titanium tetrachloride is used in smoke screens and other catalysts
    • Titanium trichloride is used as a catalyst in the production of polypropylene 
  • Iron, aluminum, vanadium and molybdenum are all common materials that titanium can be alloyed with as well as other elements.
  • Titanium is used to produce strong, lightweight alloys for a variety of industries including:
    • Aerospace
    • Military
    • Industrial processes
    • Automotive
    • Agriculture and food
    • Medical devices and instruments
    • Sporting goods
    • Jewelry
    • Mobile phones
  • Corrosion resistance is perhaps the most desirable feature of titanium, along with its extremely high strength-to-density ratio (highest of any metallic element). Because of its strength and weight, it is extremely important to the aerospace, military and medical industries.
  • Boeing’s 737 Dreamliner is made of 15 percent titanium.
  • While 60% more dense than aluminum, titanium is more than twice as strong. Its strength is on the same level as steel but weighs in 45% lighter.
  • Titanium can be used for the long-term storage of nuclear waste because of its ability to resist corrosion. Containers made out of titanium may be able to last up to 100,000 years.
  • Spoiler Alert: some 24k gold isn’t pure gold but instead, an alloy of 1% titanium. While not enough titanium is added to change the karat of the gold but does make it much more durable than pure gold.
  • Categorized as a transition metal, titanium has some properties (like strength and melting point) that are similar to other metals but is a poor conductor of heat or electricity, not very dense and is non-magnetic.

At Consolidated Resources, Inc., we strive to provide the very best industrial recycling solutions to Arizona businesses. So, whether your business has large quantities of scrap metals or plastics that need to be recycled rather than discarded, give us a call at (623)931-5009 or click here to learn about the services we offer.

Surprising Aluminum Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

Aluminum is one of the most abundant metals and because of this factor, the price is much lower than similar materials. Based on simple economic principles, when a price is low, there isn’t much benefit seeking alternative sources of supply.

Applying this principle to aluminum, recycling efforts and results are not where they should be considering that aluminum is the most recyclable of all materials. Even though the price is low for newly produced aluminum, it is still cheaper to reuse aluminum. Let’s take a look at some facts and figures about aluminum to help put this recycling issue into perspective and how important even a little difference can make. At Consolidated Resources, Inc. we strive to provide the businesses we serve with comprehensive solutions because by recycling your business can save money in the long run and help the environment.

Here are some surprising aluminum facts:

  • In 2017, the United States produced 785,000 metric tons and imported just over 5 million metric tons. This enormous dependence on foreign aluminum puts American companies that rely on raw aluminum at a disadvantage when it comes to prices that are dictated by market prices and tariffs.
  • China leads the world in aluminum production with 31 million metric tons produced in 2017. This represents over 50% of the global production of aluminum. The US ranks ninth in the world based on production.
  • Discarded aluminum is the most valuable material in recycling because of the minimal processing required to repurpose it. In aluminum cans alone, Americans throw away nearly $1 billion worth of aluminum every year.
  • With a 67% recycling rate for aluminum cans, the aluminum industry pays out more than $800 million each year for recycled cans.

  • Aluminum can be recycled infinitely, which is why it is so valuable. Other materials may require expensive and lengthy processes to repurpose the materials.
  • Approximately 60 days is the length of time that it takes for aluminum to be recycled and reused.
  • 75% of all aluminum produced in the last 100 years is still in circulation today. This is an amazing percentage but still not good enough considering the value and ease that aluminum can be recycled and reused.
  • Using one ton of recycled aluminum vs. producing raw aluminum saves more than 1,600 gallons of oil. More than 120,000 aluminum cans are recycled in the US every minute. It takes roughly 31 cans to equal one pound (62,000 cans equals 1 ton), so after doing a little math, it only takes about 30 seconds to save 1,600 gallons of oil.
  • However, on average, each American only recycles 2/3 aluminum cans that they use (how 67% was figured).
  • Current aluminum $/lb hovers right around $0.99/lb.
  • The top uses of aluminum in the United States are:
    • Transportation- high strength: weight ratio, alloying with other metals, corrosion resistant
    • Construction- easy to shape, corrosion resistant, thermally efficient, cheaper
    • Electrical- low density for long distances, very ductile, corrosion resistance
    • Consumer goods- electronics, interior design items, beverage containers, kitchen products

Whether your business manufactures car parts or household lamps, aluminum is an important component of a variety of products and these aluminum recycling facts help put things into perspective. We, at Consolidated Resources, Inc., want to help your business save money by providing complete recycling solutions that are custom-tailored to fit your exact needs. We offer everything from custom-built recycling storage to scheduled pickups and we pride ourselves on excellent customer service. To learn more about how we can help your business, visit our services page.