Did you know recycling can save you money?
The environmental benefits of recycling are well known, and to some extent so are the economic benefits. The thriving scrap metal recycling industry is creating jobs and promoting economic development in cities and towns across the country.
Recycling scrap metal also serves another benefit, and that’s to save money by reducing the cost of production during manufacturing.
Building products by using existing metals brought to recycling centers offers a lot of savings benefits, including eliminating the need to mine or manufacture new raw materials.
There are other economic benefits to consider, though. Lower manufacturing costs help keep prices lower. That’s enormously beneficial to companies that buy office equipment in bulk.
So, it’s in the best interest of all businesses to establish a recycling program for their office electronics or for scrap metal materials.
Arranging to bring used office products containing metal to a recycling firm like GLE Scrap Metal is a great way for companies to contribute to lowering the cost of the supplies they need to operate.
Recycling Saves You Money on Consumer Costs?
Reducing costs during the manufacturing process is one way that recycling matters. It would be significantly more expensive to make these products if recycled scrap metal wasn’t available. Recycling metals eliminate the need to create new materials, which allows us to conserve raw materials in the event that recycled metals are not available.
This helps reduce the prices of raw materials.
There are clear cost benefits to recycling aluminum and metals, including the savings in the amount of energy required in making a new product from scratch. In other words, the best approach is taking an existing soup can and using the materials in it to make a new one.
The price of aluminum, for example, would be much higher if people didn’t recycle it, and the same is true for iron, steel, copper and other metals.
Companies also have the ability to take their scrap metal to a recycling firm like GLE Scrap Metal. A good example is the money to be obtained by automobile manufacturers who sell their scrap metal.
Who purchases recycled materials from recycling centers? Recycling businesses are able to resell the metals they buy and process. Manufacturers then purchase recycled materials, which are used in a wide variety of products.
After collection, recyclables are sent to a recovery facility to be sorted, cleaned and processed into materials that can be used in manufacturing. Recyclables are bought and sold just like raw materials, and prices go up and down depending on supply and demand in the U.S. and across the globe.
The manufacturing process clearly benefits from the availability of recycled content. There are a lot of common household items and office supply products that contain recycled materials. That includes:
• Paper towels
• Steel Cans
• Soft drink containers
• Laundry detergent bottles
Recycled materials are also being used in different ways, including paving roads and other construction projects.
Just as manufacturers can save costs by having recycled materials available to them, the general public and business owners can help by being sure to buy new products made from recycled materials, especially since there are thousands of products that contain recycled content.
The next time you go shopping, online or at a retail store, or break out the catalog for new office supplies, look for products that are both made from recycled materials and recyclable.
Recyclable products are the ones that can be collected, processed and manufactured into new products after they have reached the end of their life cycle.
In many instances, the manufacturers will advertise that the goods they’re selling are recycled-content products, manufactured with recycled materials collected from a recycling program.
Other products are advertised as having “Post-consumer content,” or material that comes only from recyclables collected from consumers or businesses through a recycling program.
Common products with recycled content include:
• Egg cartons
• Glass containers
• Cereal boxes
• Comic books
• Car bumpers
• Aluminum cans
• Trash bags
Recycling programs are now critical for waste management. That, and the economic benefits of recycling, are both long-term.
Best of all, the recycling industry helps create good-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States.
How does recycling contribute to our environment?
Recycling benefits the entire community by turning recycled metals into new products rather than allowing these items to be thrown away in the trash.
Collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash, then turning them into new products, offers environmental benefits that include:
• Reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills;
• Conserving natural resources like minerals, water and timber;
• Preventing the pollution that can be caused through the collection of new raw materials;
• Saving on energy;
• Reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The decisions that consumers make have a lot of consequences. Consumers and businesses that purchase products made from recycled content are providing a boost to the recycling industry. Buying products that are made from recycled materials encourages manufacturers to continue this beneficial process.
But it also helps when consumers and businesses support recycling efforts and ensure that any scrap metal they have gets recycled, rather than tossing it in the trash.
And that’s even more crucial for companies that are likely to have far more scrap metal than the average household.
Companies that support and participate in recycling programs are helping to make available the content needed by the manufacturing industry so they can continue making their products with recycled materials. GLE Scrap Metal buys, processes and sells all grades of scrap metal, with processing services for the general public, demolitions companies and private businesses.
At GLE, we understand that doing so helps to promote the sustainability of the environment.
GLE Scrap Metal also offers 55 gallon drums, Gaylord’s, 4×4’s, 4×8’s, and containers in different sizes to suit your site and maximize payload efficiencies. All of this works to your benefit, since it means we pay you more.