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Scrap Recycling

Today, scrap recycling is gaining interest because of public awareness, legislative promotion, economic benefits and new technologies. America Recycles Day on November 15th is meant to remind people about the importance of recycling for the environment, as well as its benefit to the economy and job creation.
In the U.S., 40-50 percent of raw materials for manufacturing are extracted from recycled scrap. Every year, around 3 million tons of electronics are recycled.

Hazards of Improper Scrap Disposal
Before recycling, disposing of scrap meant dumping solid waste materials into landfills or burning the material using incinerators. Because of the health hazards, the U.S. federal government shut down many landfills, but large amounts of waste still end up in landfills. The danger lies in the type of material that is disposed.
Some scrap, such as aluminum cans, contribute to a large percentage of the pollution found in the environment. When toxic contaminants like ammonia, nitrate, PCBs, solvents, heavy metals, pesticides, dissolved salts, and bacteria reach groundwater, it often leads to the contamination of our drinking water.  Contaminated groundwater can also lead to air pollution as landfills are a major source methane.

Why Recycle?
We see that high levels of material consumption without recycling can lead to the decline of the atmosphere, thus affecting climate change. Without recycling, more energy is required to extract virgin (new and not recycled) materials, transport raw materials, manufacture products, and transport used goods.
With the ever-increasing consumption of materials, this continuous process of extraction to transportation, wreaks havoc on land and water resources as well as the atmosphere. This is where scrap recycling becomes critical.
Some of the materials that can be extracted from recycled scrap and reused include steel, gold, silver, titanium, copper, plastic, glass etc. This is highly valuable raw material that is used in the manufacturing of new products.

Benefits of Scrap Recycling    
•    When scrap materials remain in landfills, decomposition of the materials in the soil takes place. Removing them from landfills prevents the pollution of soil and ground water.
•    Scrap materials add to the volume of landfills requiring more space. Scrap material collection from landfills and other areas for the purpose of recycling is a good approach to managing solid waste.  It reduces the amount of waste in landfills, thus reducing the land required for waste.
•    Reduces greenhouse gases by saving trees that convert carbon dioxide to oxygen.
•    Recycling of scrap materials for the production of new products helps conserve virgin materials.
•    Maximizes utilization of non-renewable resources.
•    Using recycled scrap steel helps preserve the environment, as the mining of new ores leads to environmental damage and the contamination of soil and groundwater.
•    When recycled scrap materials are used instead of virgin materials in the production of new products, large amounts of energy are saved.

In the U.S. scrap recycling is steadily increasing. Most cities have a scrap recycling program contributing to the local economy and protecting the environment. Honda motor company is taking the issue very seriously and has recently been able to remove trash dumpsters at eight of its North American plants.