Environmentally Responsible Scrap Recycling in Florida

Scrap Recycling Provides Jobs and Resources for American Manufacturing

Did you know?

  • It takes just 60 days for a used aluminum can to return to your grocery shelf.
  • Recycling steel and aluminum cans saves 74 percent of the energy used to make them.
  • Americans throw out enough iron and steel to continuously supply all the auto makers in the entire nation.

As a critical link in the manufacturing supply chain, scrap recycling has been integral to the U.S. economy, job creation, resource sustainability, energy savings and global trade for more than 200 years.

Jobs

Scrap recycling has evolved as the major industry dedicated to transforming materials to create new products and driving economies. Today, the U.S. scrap recycling industry employs more than 137,000 people.

Environment

The scrap recycling industry annually transforms more than 130 million metric tons of obsolete materials from consumers, businesses and manufacturers into useful raw materials. Without scrap recycling, more mining and use of virgin natural resources would be required.

Recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions by significantly saving the amount of energy needed to manufacture the products that we buy, build and use. The energy saved by recycling can then be used for other purposes like heating our homes and powering our automobiles.

Ferrous Scrap Recycling

Steel is the most recycled material both in the United States and worldwide. In the United States alone, 74 million metric tons of ferrous scrap was processed by the scrap recycling industry last year – more than 55 percent of the volume of all domestically processed material. Obsolete ferrous scrap is recovered from automobiles, steel structures, household appliances, railroad tracks, ships, farm equipment and other sources. In addition, scrap generated from industrial and manufacturing sources accounts for approximately half of the ferrous scrap supply.

Nonferrous Scrap Recycling

Nonferrous metals, including aluminum, copper, lead, nickel, zinc and others, are among the few materials that do not degrade or lose their chemical or physical properties in the recycling process. As a result, nonferrous metals have the capacity to be recycled an infinite number of times.

More than eight million metric tons of nonferrous scrap were processed in the United States last year from a wide array of consumer, commercial and industrial sources: everything from copper and precious metal circuitry in electronic devices to soft drink containers, automobile batteries and radiators, aluminum siding, airplane parts and more.

Source: The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. (ISRI)

More Interesting Facts

The United States annually recycles enough copper to provide the copper content of more than 26,000 Statues of Liberty.

If all aluminum scrap processed in the United States was used solely to produce standard soda cans, the lined-up cans would stretch more than 25 million miles — the distance from Earth to the planet Venus!

The United States annually processes more than 250 billion pounds of scrap material — the weight of more than 70 million cars.