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Metal Recycling and Climate Change

Climate change is one of the biggest threats facing our planet today. It’s never been more important for us to consider our life-choices, and do our best to reduce our impact on the planet. We all know it’s important to recycle our plastic, paper and tins, but perhaps you haven’t considered how recycling your metal can help reduce climate change too.

With e-scrap growing at a rate of around 4% per year, the problem is getting bigger. That’s not even counting non-electronic scrap, either. Allow Craddock Metal Recycling to give you a few reasons why recycling your metal is so beneficial.

Metal Is Everywhere

Think about everything you own. In your kitchen alone, there’s cutlery, an oven, a toaster, a sink, a microwave – the list goes on. Think about all your electronic devices: televisions, mobile phones, games consoles, hair straighteners. There are probably dozens (if not hundreds) of items in your home alone that contain some sort of metal.

Recycling metal creates far less emissions than processing new metal. When you consider just how many of our belongings contain metal, the potential impact of recycling is enormous.

Resources Are Finite

It’s no secret that there are a limited number of resources on the planet. Some predictions of when certain types of metals will run out are quite alarming. For example, if Zinc production continues to grow at current rates, it’ll be gone by the end of this decade.

Copper, one of the most commonly used metals, will run out by 2040 if production rates continue to grow. Unless metal recycling becomes significantly more widespread, some of our most needed metals will disappear forever.

Reusability

This might seem like a strange one – isn’t the whole point of recyclable material the fact that it’s reusable? Of course, but many common recyclable materials can only be recycled a few times before they are no longer fit for purpose.

For example, plastic can only be recycled around 3 times before they are unusable because the polymer chain binding the plastic together weakens. Similarly, paper cannot be recycled more than seven times because the structural fibers grow shorter.

On the other hand, many types of metal can be recycled upwards of 7 times, some metals significantly more so. Steel is thought to have an infinite recycling life, as it never loses its strong, sturdy quality when it is recycled. Aluminum, too, can be recycled indefinitely.

Craddock Metal Recycling is helping to solve the problem.

It needn’t all be doom and gloom! Based in Warwickshire, Craddock Metal Recycling is here to help you do your bit for the planet. If you have any scrap metal, please give us a call on 0152766866. If you can’t get out, we also have a collection service that will come straight to your door!

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