Metals, plastics and paper are sorted and recycled, saving energy and saving the planet.
Recyclable metals from your cleanout gets transferred to one of our scrap recyclers who ship it to refineries located throughout the United States. The refineries melt the metal and re-process it into forms that can be used to make new products like cars, appliances and more.
According to Wikipedia, recycled scrap is a raw material feedstock for nearly 60% of steel made in the US, for almost 50% of the copper and copper alloys produced in the US, for more than 75% of the US paper industry’s needs, and for 50% of US aluminum.
All numbered plastics can be recycled. Value depends on the variety of plastic. Rates are low for most recyclables, but there is still value to be gained by separating paper, plastic and metal in the cleanout.
Post-consumer paper products that can be recycled include, corrugated packaging, office paper, magazines, and newspapers. These materials are taken to a recycling center to be weighed. According to Wikipedia, recycling 1 short ton (0.91 t) of paper saves 17 mature trees, 7 thousand US gallons of water, 3 cubic yards of landfill space, 2 barrels of oil (84 US gal), and 4,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity – enough energy to power the average American home for six months.
Ferrous and non-ferrous metals can bring good prices when reclaimed and recycled. Most recycled metals are scrap steel, iron, lead, aluminium, copper, stainless steel and zinc.