Scrap Metal Facts

Recycling is an important 'helping hand' to protect our environment while simultaneously offering a great opportunity to earn a bit of extra cash for your efforts! Below are a few facts about scrap metal recycling.

  • Recycling 1 aluminum can saves enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for 20hrs, a computer for 3hrs or a TV for 2hrs.
  • The steel industry saves enough energy in one year to electrically power 18 million homes for a year.
  • It takes an entire tree to make a typical wood pole; one scrap car produces more than four steel poles.
  • The average American throws out about 651lbs of tin cans every month.
  • Americans throw away enough aluminum every month to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet.
  • The 36 billion aluminum cans that were land filled last year had a scrap value of more than $600 million dollars!


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