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Myths About Recycling Scrap Metal

Myths About Recycling Scrap Metal

Metals are valuable materials that can be recycled numerous times without degrading their properties. From appliances to batteries to cans to clothes hangers, metal is everywhere in our homes.

Metal is in limited supply, and while more glass and plastic are manufactured from natural resources, we can’t make more aluminum, copper, and steel. Metals are not a renewable resource. They are found in rock, called ore, which is a part of the earth’s crust.

Recycling metal is a process which uses waste materials or products that have already served their initial purpose. These materials are then used in various ways to develop new products.

Interco specializes in non-ferrous metals recycling. In fact, the company buys, processes, trades, and recycles a broad range of non-ferrous metals. The firm processes minerals and industrial byproducts for non-ferrous metals recycling.

What Are Myths to Recycling Scrap Metal?

Myth: Scrap metal recycling is not important
Myth: Scrap metal recycling is not important

Scrap metal recycling is not important

A common myth concerning scrap metal recycling is that it is not important due to the use of landfills. Although, landfills contaminate water supply, release methane gas, and more which is detrimental to the environment.

Therefore, when consumers choose to recycle over landfill, it preserves natural resources, energy
consumption, and reduces the negative impact on the environment. Additionally, you can reduce the amount of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere.

Recycling metal is not economically viable

One may consider the cost to metal recycling, but it is nothing in comparison to the money spent in mining and processing virgin metal. Recycled metal is significantly more cost effective due to that fact that it is used material. Rather than virgin material, recycling metal uses a considerably lower energy consumption. Unless it is recycled, metal products become lost products and lost profits. Additionally, it also generates big business. Not only do the companies benefit from selling and purchasing the scraps, but it also creates an entire industry around recycling the metal.

Myth: There is no demand for scrap metal
Myth: There is no demand for scrap metal

There is no demand for scrap metal

As many industries choose to focus on reducing the environmental impact of their activities, the demand for scrap metal has increased. Metals like steel which can be melted down without losing any of its strength is one of the most in demand types of scrap. In 1996 Interco was founded as a computer, electronics, and precious metals recycler. In 2005, as a response to many suppliers’ requests and as an answer to the growing market need, Interco entered non-ferrous metals recycling after nearly ten years as a major international recycler.
Interco processes minerals and industrial byproducts including:

  • Copper/Iron Materials
  • Red Metals & Residues
  • White Metals & Residues
  • Computers & Electronics
  • Precious Metal Recycling

Items Made of Different Materials Must Be Sorted

Interco buys mixed or straight loads of nonferrous metals, eScrap, and other materials. There is no need to remove batteries from electronics. There is also no need to pull any eScrap apart. Interco does that on the facility so you don’t have to.

   Myth:  Only Machines Sort Materials in Recycling Facilities
Myth: Only Machines Sort Materials in Recycling Facilities

Only Machines Sort Materials in Recycling Facilities

There are over 100 expert Interco staff dedicated to the processing, sorting, and packing of materials. Interco uses both hand sorting techniques and mechanical separators to ensure all contaminants have been removed. Workers sort and separate 800-1,000 parts and deal with more than 400 different alloys at any given time.

Don’t Fall For the Myths! Recycle With Interco

Scrap metal has significant value, which causes people to collect it for sale to recycling operations. Due to metal recycling, industries today do not have to face the problem of precious metal shortages. It is important to note that Interco is a leading North American non-ferrous metals recycling company located just across the river from St. Louis in Madison, Illinois.

For more information on Interco’s services, click here.

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