The Environmental Benefits of Recycling Scrap Metal in the Geelong, Surf Coast and Bellarine Regions
We think it is important that local Geelong, Surf Coast and Bellarine residents are aware of how important their involvement in recycling scrap metal is to our region. We have listed below a few compelling reasons to show why recycling scrap metal is the only way to go.
Save our natural resources
Metal is a natural resource, that means that one day we will run out. It is imperative that we recycle as much scrap metal as we can to reduce the following;
digging up precious natural resources,
destroying wildlife habitats,
clearing large areas of trees, and causing damage to the soil.
Reduce pollution and CO2 emissions
Scrap metal recycling can be re-melted and reshaped into new products countless times, scrap metal is a resource that will never be depleted. Metal recycling conserves natural resources by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and using less energy than making metal from virgin ore.
A recent study shows that fossil fuel burning has caused the CO2 concentration in the earth’s atmosphere to surpass 400 ppm for the first time in human history! If we cut down on metal production and simply recycled scrap metal instead, we could dramatically reduce this amount.
Reduce landfill pile up and protect the soil
Australians send enough steel to landfill every year to make 40,000 fridges. When metal products are dumped in landfill, instead of being properly recycled, toxic chemicals are leached into the soil. These chemicals destroy the soil’s integrity and contaminate the groundwater, thereby making it difficult for new plant life to grow. Landfills seeped with metals pollute the land, air, and nearby water resources too. So, it also makes a difference of the quality of life now and later.
Reduce total cost and energy
Manufacturing new products from scratch is a laborious process. It takes a lot of energy to extract raw, natural resources. We need energy to convert them all into usable industry-ready metal. Even more energy is consumed to burn fossil fuels such as coal and then for transportation. Recycling converts scrap metal into ready-for-industry metal products much more affordably.
Protect the environment
Extracting raw materials from the earth’s core releases harmful ash and gas into the air. This process causes air and water pollution. Recycling scrap metal and reusing plastic, aluminum reduces the need for the natural resources. Recycling protects the environment by reducing the greenhouse emissions
Recycling your scrap metal is great for the planet and great for Geelong, Surf Coast and the Bellarine. Contact us today and let’s get recycling!