Why Scrap Metal Recycling is So Important for Climate Change?

By Irena Kosturska

Have you noticed that the Winters are colder, and the Summers are hotter lately? Perhaps you’re hearing about more natural disasters than you used to. As years continue to pass without significant climate action, the effects of climate change worsen. The consequences can be seen in increasingly devastating weather events and rising temperatures, and experts note that we only have a limited amount of time left to halt climate change. It’s now more important than ever that we do anything we can to mitigate the damage done by climate change so far, and one of the most powerful ways you can contribute is recycling. So why is metal recycling so important, and what are the benefits to the environment? At Metal Men Recycling, we buy your scrap metal so that it’s no longer cluttering your home or workplace and is recycled responsibly. Keep reading to learn how you can sell scrap metal and how that can have a positive effect on the future of our natural world.

Lowered Carbon Emissions

Here at Metal Men Recycling, when we buy scrap metal, we recycle it. That means that it can be repurposed and used to produce new materials, items, and products.

The process of using recycled materials in manufacturing uses less energy than if the process was started from scratch. This in turn leads to savings on greenhouse gas emissions that would have otherwise been created if the manufacturing process did not include recycled materials. Your scrap metal products could be repurposed and used to create something new, saving emissions and helping to create a better future.

Recycling and Implications for Mining

Mining and mining processes can have a hugely negative effect on the natural environment and can cause air pollution, water pollution, deforestation, and strain on natural resources. Selling scrap metal for recycling does, in fact, reduce the need for new metals to be extracted from natural sources through mining. Recycled metal can be repurposed and used for new purposes, thus fewer metals need to be mined. This overall decrease in mining activity, however large or small, is better for the environment and can help to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Creation of a Circular Economy

Recycling is one of the major components of a circular economy. A circular economy is a production model that seeks to use products and materials for as long as it is viable. This is done through a circular model of sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing, and recycling said products and materials. This contrasts with a linear economy, which is often characterised by a take, make, waste mentality.

The circular economy aims to create a “closed-loop” system – a circle – in which infrastructure, products and materials have a longer lifespan, thus having a positive effect on the environment. Recycling, including the recycling of scrap metal, contributes to this circular economy, and helps to combat climate change.

Scrap Metal Recycling and Landfill

A landfill is particularly dangerous for the environment. The items and rubbish that end up in landfill break down and release C02 into the atmosphere, also known as greenhouse gas emissions. These emissions radiate heat, contributing to the rise in temperatures.

Recycling scrap metal means that the metal from your home or business is used in the circular economy. This means that metal that could have otherwise ended up in landfill, is saved, recycled, and used elsewhere. With more products recycled, and less rubbish in landfill, there is the potential for fewer emissions to be produced and released into the atmosphere.

Looking to Sell Scrap Metal in Melbourne?

The home can be a great place to start if you’re looking to make some money from scrap metal. Your home can be a hiding place for all kinds of scrap metal that you can turn into extra money – just from items you already have lying around. In case you’re not sure where to start, check out our beginner’s guide to identifying scrap metal that you can sell, or this list of unexpected places to find scrap iron around the house.

Ready to sell? That’s where Metal Men Recycling steps in – we’re here to take care of all your metal buying and recycling needs. As a family-owned business with over 50 years of combined metal industry experience, we provide a complete and seamless experience from start to finish. From aluminium to copper, stainless steel to brass, if it’s metal, we’ll buy it and recycle it!

So, when you decide to sell scrap metal, make sure it’s with Metal Men Recycling, and with our help, you can contribute positively to the environment. Give us a call on 03 5941 6677 or fill out our online contact form, and we will get back to you.

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