10 Fun Facts about Recycling!


We thought we’d enlighten you with 10 fun facts about recycling metals. Not only is it great for the environment but there are lots of other benefits too!


  1. Recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to run a TV for three whole hours!
  2. Recycling metal is good for the economy as well as the environment! It generates an increased amount of employment locally and increased profits (rather than manufacturing new materials).
  3. Unsure of what types of metals you are scrapping? Use a magnet! Aluminium metals are non-magnetic and steel is magnetic.
  4. Drink cans are generally made from aluminium, whilst food cans are usually made from steel!
  5. Have you ever wondered what happens to your scrap metal after it goes through the recycling process? Many items end up as bikes, dishwashers, tumble dryers, cars and even aircrafts!
  6. Re-using scrap metals supports numerous industries, reducing their impact on the environment; for example, reduced mining of natural and scarce resources.
  7. Scrap metal recycling helps to reduce CO2 emissions created through mining, transport and smelting.
  8. Recycling scrap metal reduces the need for land fill sites and has a positive effect on water supply, soil and land usage.
  9. Manufacturing recycled metal items requires around 17x less energy than manufacturing the same items from newly mined metal.
  10. Need a new appliance? Old washing machines, ovens, cookers and hobs contain metal that can be recycled (and you could even make a quick buck from donating them!)

Metals are a finite resource, and continuing to mine new materials is not only costly and hazardous, it’s incredibly damaging for the environment. Whilst there are significant environmental benefits, the economic impacts of recycling metal are considerable; not to mention energy conservation, less landfill space, pollution reduction, jobs, increased profits and many more.  So, the next time you need to scrap your household metals, just think about all of the good you could be doing for our world!

How Can We Help You?

To learn more about how CJ Metals can help you make some money from your unwanted scrap metals, call us today on:

Wakefield: 01924 273649

Keighley: 01535 669889