Aluminum is an alloy which is a compound made by melting two or more elements together. One element is metal and the rest consists of non-metal elements. Aluminum can be a combination of iron, magnesium, silicon, copper, or zinc. Easily found in our everyday lives, aluminum should always be recycled and there are many benefits to recycling this alloy within your business.
Why Should I Recycle Aluminum Scrap Metal?
Economic Benefits of Recycling Aluminum Scrap
By recycling aluminum, you are contributing to the economy in a very positive way. Recycling generates jobs and helps to pay for a vast number of community services. The aluminum industry pays out close to a billion dollars for recycled aluminum cans each year! This is money that can go to support local organizations helping people from all angles.
Reduce Landfill Waste
Did you know that more than 100 billion aluminum cans are sold in the United States each year? We are only recycling less than half of this number. Similarly, in other countries, about the same amount of aluminum cans are also incinerated or sent to landfills. Aside from a surplus of cans, imagine the amount of waste that accumulates when we start to discard car, train, airplane parts, and various other forms of transportation.
It’s Easily Found In Everyday Products
Aluminum is a metal we come across everyday. It comes in all shapes and sizes. Aluminum can be found as the packaging for beverages, window and door frames, kitchen utensils, and car parts to name a few.
Recycling Aluminum Saves Energy
When aluminum is not recycled properly, cans and other discarded aluminum scrap have to be replaced entirely from raw materials. This wastes energy, causes environmental damage, and cuts into precious natural resources. Recycling aluminum saves 90% to 95% of the energy needed to make aluminum from scratch. According to the Container Recycling Institute, “the energy required to replace a discarded can with new aluminum from bauxite ore is enough to keep a 100-watt incandescent light bulb burning for five hours or to power the average laptop computer for 11 hours.”
Limitless Rounds of Recycling
Aluminum is a sustainable metal which can be recycled over and over again with no loss of material through the process. There is no limit to the amount of times aluminum can be recycled. If you toss an aluminum can into your recycling bin today, it will be recycled and can be back on the store shelf in as little as 60 days!
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CRI is the Best Choice For Aluminum Scrap Recycling in Phoenix
If you’re business produces products with aluminum, you likely have a valuable commodity that is going into the trash! At CRI we understand that scrap is a valuable asset. Our primary objective is to help our partners effectively manage that asset, enabling you to focus on your primary work.
With our extensive fleet of trucks we are in control of all aspects of transportation. This gives us the necessary flexibility to react quickly to service needs. And at no cost to our customers, we offer and provide an assortment of quality containers for all recycling needs.