Why Recycle Construction Waste
The benefits of recycling scrap metal from your construction or demolition site far outweigh any costs associated with doing so. Companies that recycle construction waste, especially scrap metal, make money on the scrap metal, conserve natural resources and contribute to a healthy environment. Here are a few examples:
Make Money on your Scrap Metal
Because recycling companies pay for scrap metal, the collection of scrap metal on your construction or demolition site has an immediate payoff. A case study by the Recycling Council of Ontario showed how 15 companies were able to save a combined total of 2.5 million dollars through proper waste management and recycling their construction materials.
You also save money by recycling your construction scrap metal by avoiding landfill fees and other related expenses you might incur when disposing of this waste another way. Instead of paying someone to accept your waste, bring your scrap metal waste to Regional Recycling and make a little of your money back.
“Our average scrap metal customer earns $100. Some of our customers earn up to $5000 per visit.” Sam Lotzkar – Senior Metal Buyer
Conserve Natural Resources
The cost of new material exceeds the cost of recycling. That’s a pretty great reason for recycling scrap metal.
The more metal we need, the more metal mines need to produce and that depletes our natural resources. And, metal mining is not a renewable resource. There is not an unlimited supply and it does not replenish itself. Recycling metal keeps the demand for new material low and is also a factor in lowering the cost of metal.
Recycling a ton of steel conserves 2,500 lbs of iron ore, 1,400 lbs of coal, and 120 lbs of limestone. It also saves enough electricity to power 18 million households for a year. That’s a huge benefit!
Recovering a ton of aluminum cans saves 21,000-kilowatt hours of production over producing raw aluminum.
Recycling saves the energy required to produce new materials and reduces the emissions from landfills created by throwing items in a dumpster. By taking the time to recycle your construction or demolition waste you greatly reduce your environmental footprint.
Mining is an invasive process. Mining companies use huge excavators, run large fleets of trucks, and shovels dig deep into the ground. This digging destroys the soil, and releases toxic compounds into the air and water.
The harsh environmental impacts of mining are many. The list includes:
- Contamination of soil, groundwater, and surface water
- Hazardous byproducts
- Destruction of wildlife habitats and useable land
Best Way to Recycle Scrap Metal
Planning your scrap metal recycling will not only save you time on your construction site, it will also ensure that you make top dollar for your recycled scrap metal.
First, Know the Types of Scrap Metal
There are lots of different types of metals that can be recycled, and they all have different values. The most lucrative options are non-ferrous metals, metals that aren’t magnetic. These include copper, aluminum, brass, gold, zinc, and tungsten.
Ferrous metals, like iron and steel, can also be recycled, but often do not have a dollar value to recycle.
The way to determine what type of metal an object is – Ferrous or Non-ferrous – you can do the Magnet Test. This is a handy trick to test if your scrap metal is worth any money. If the metal has even a hint of magnetic attraction, there some steel in the metal and the metal will not likely be worth anything. It is, however, recyclable.
Good scrap metal products include:
- Circuit breakers
- Electrical wiring
- Construction wire
As you collect scrap, have someone to properly identify each metal and sort by types of metal. Check out our website for information on the types of metals that we recycle, and which ones we will pay you for recycling.
Get the Most Metal Possible
With training, team members can find many types of scrap metal. Teach your workers the types of building materials that contain different scrap metals and make note of all metal in the building before demolition so they can gather scrap later.
Motivate your workers to find the scrap you need by rewarding them for the scrap they collect.
Separate Types of Scrap Metal to Collect More Money
Separate your metal into types making sure that you don’t mix types. This lowers processing costs and increases the appraisal value of the scrap metal returned.
You can really cash in by recycling the scrap metal from your demolition or construction site. You can also do great things for the environment! It really is a win-win.
Bring your scrap metal to any of our Regional Recycling Bottle Depots today to get top dollar for your construction or demolition waste.
Construction Site Recycling
To make your construction or demolition recycling easy, Regional Recycling can provide you with scrap metal bins to have onsite and do commercial pickups. For more information check out the Commercial Recycling information on our website, or send us an email – [email protected]