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Metal Recycling by the Numbers

Updated: Jun 26

metal recycling by the numbers blog

If you’ve checked your calendar this month, you’ve probably seen that Earth Day is approaching! This year, Earth Day falls on a Saturday. As a metal recycling company, we love to take every opportunity that we can to tout the benefits of recycling your scrap metal, with us at Premier Metal Buyers. Properly recycling your scrap metal can have a significant impact on the environment and the economy. For over a decade, we’ve handled a billion pounds of scrap metal. So we can say first hand that the simple decision of recycling your scraps can have a HUGE impact, on both your local community and the environment as a whole.

To prove this point, think about this. In 2022 Premier Metal Buyers recycled 340 million pounds of scrap metal. That’s about equivalent to 100,000 average sized cars! Which would be equivalent to over 300 FULL metropolitan car dealerships. Here are a few more hypothetical things that are close to 340 million pounds:

  • 13,000 Boeing 747 airplanes

  • 2,000 Eiffel Towers

  • 70,000 fully loaded semi-trucks

  • 1,000,000 African elephants

  • 13,600 Space Shuttles

  • 4,600 fully loaded aircraft carriers

  • 3,400 fully loaded cruise ships

That’s a lot of scrap metal!

Recycling scrap metal has several benefits for the environment and the economy. Some of the most significant benefits include:

Reduced Energy Consumption - Recycling metal requires much less energy than mining and refining new metal. By recycling scrap metal, we can reduce the amount of energy required to produce new metal and conserve natural resources.

Reduced Landfill Space - Scrap metal takes up a lot of space in landfills. By recycling scrap metal, we can reduce the amount of space required in landfills and prolong their lifespan.

Reduced Carbon Emissions - The production of new metal requires a significant amount of energy, which leads to high levels of carbon emissions.

Read more about the materials that we do and do not accept HERE.

By properly recycling scrap metal, you can make a significant impact on the environment. Recycling scrap metal conserves energy and natural resources, reduces carbon emissions, and overall reduces waste on our planet. To properly recycle scrap metal, contact one of our metal experts today! By taking these steps, you can help to create a more sustainable future for all. So, make the responsible choice to recycle your scrap metal!

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