10 reasons why you should recycle your scrap metal


Recycling scrap metal is more important than many people may realise. Metal is used so frequently in our everyday lives that once it has served its purpose, we need to ensure we recycle responsibly, helping to protect the environment and save energy.

If you’re not sure why it’s so important to recycle scrap and unwanted metal products, we’ve put together our top ten facts below that will make sure you never throw a baked bean can in the bin again!

1.Many shipping containers are created from scrap metal, meaning that your old steel could be used to transport goods from across the world.

2.When your metal item has reached the end of its life, recycling it can result in a new item being created.

3.Metal recycling has economic benefits and can increase local employment.

4.Recycling of most products, including metals, is better for the environment as it reduces emissions.

5.Recycling metal has a positive effect on water supply, soil and land usage, as it reduces the need for landfill sites.

6.When you recycle aluminium, it can be melted at a much lower temperature then new aluminium, which saves energy.

7.Recycling one aluminium can, will save enough energy to run a television for 3 hours.

8.Some recycled metals can be upcycled to create durable home decorations or furnishings.

9.When manufacturing recycled metals it uses an estimated 17 times less energy than if manufacturing items from newly mined metal.

10.The public’s use of scrap metal has had many benefits and resulted in many industries reducing their own environmental impact.

We hope these points will encourage you to reuse or recycle any scrap metal carefully. Here at CJ Metals we have skips available in various sizes that you can hire to fill with your unwanted metals and we will ensure these get dealt with responsibly. Just give us a call on Wakefield 01924 273 649 or Keighley 01535 669 899.