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Scrap Metal Recycling

The scrap industry is comprised of firms involved in the recovery and reprocessing of valuable recyclable materials generated by product consumption, as well as through obsolessence of equipment and structures. With a value to the U.S. economy of over $86 billion per year, the scrap industry encompasses the recovery of various types of scrap metal, plastics, and other products.
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Airplane Recycling: An up and Coming Industry

Facts About Copper Recycling
Facts about copper and copper recycling

About Metal Recycling
This reports provides an overview of metal recycling, as well as its environmental and economic benefits.

The Benefits of Metal Recycling: Why Recycle Metal?
The United States recycles 150 million metric tons of scrap materials annually, including 85 million tons of iron and steel, 5.5 million tons of aluminum, 1.8 million tons of copper, 2 million tons of stainless steel, 1.2 million tons of lead and 420,000 tons of zinc, according to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). Other metals such as brass, bronze, magnesium and tin are recycled as well. What are the benefits of recycling all that metal?

How to Become a Scrap Metal Vendor
One of the great things about becoming a scrap metal vendor is the ease of entry. Entrepreneurs can participate with little or no investment, while those with more substantial capital may consider starting or acquiring an asset-based entity.

Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Scrap Metal
This article provides an overview of the differences of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap, and provides an overview of the importance to the U.S. and global economy of their recycling.

Don't Mess with Karma
Encorp Pacific has a number of commercials to raise public awareness about recycling.

Recycling Rates of Metals Must Increase to Reach Sustainability
Recycling rates of metals are in many cases far lower than their potential for reuse. Fewer than one-third of 60 metals studied have an end-of-life recycling rate above 50 per cent and 34 elements are below 1 per cent recycling, yet many of these are crucial to clean technologies such as batteries for hybrid cars to the magnets in wind turbines.

Lead Recycling
Lead has been used for thousands of years, and enjoys a very high recycling rate. Because of its chemical properties, however, it is a toxin, and any absorption of lead is too much when it comes to human health.

More Aluminum Cans Being Recycled, But How Can Recovery Be Increased?
Americans and the aluminum industry recycled nearly 55.5 billion aluminum cans in 2009, nearly 2.3 billion more than in 2008, according to the Aluminum Association, Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries(ISRI). The used aluminum beverage container (UBC) recycling rate of 57.4% is the highest for any...

Ferrous Metals Recycling Companies
Here is a list of major metal scrap and recycling companies who handle ferrous metals.

Specialty Alloy Recycling Companies
Metal scrap and recycling companies handle exotic or specialty alloys such as tungsten carbide, cobalt, nickel alloys, magnesium, and others. Here is a list of leading companies.

Identification and Control of Safety and Health Hazards in Scrap Metal Recycling
This 48-page OSHA guide is designed to help participants in the scrap metal recycling trade identify and manage the hazards associated with exposure to toxic metals and processing chemicals, as well as hazards associated with related processes and equipment.

The Importance of Copper Recycling
An overview on the economic and environmental importance scrap copper recycling. Also, touches on estimated copper recovery from common appliances and households.

From Ship Breaking to Responsible Recycling
This article provides an overview of responsible ship recycling, and how it differs from ship breaking.

Steel Recycling Facts and Figures
This article provides some quick steel recycling facts and figures.

Steel Recycling Continues to Grow in Importance
This article looks at the growth of steel recycling and its success in achieving higher recycling rates. Statistics about recycling rates for various steel products are included.

The Problem of Metal Theft
Scrap metal theft is a vexing problem for society, one exasperated by increasing demand, in combination with increased opportunity for theft when commercial buildings and homes are vacated in times of shifting economic conditions.

Keg Recycling and Management Trends
Approaches to the reuse and recycling of kegs for beer and wine continue to evolve as issues such as metal theft, a changing consumer pallet, environmental and cost drivers, and logistics challenges help influence change.

Auto Recycling Facts and Figures
This article provides a number of facts and figures related to auto recycling.

How Are Cars Recycled?
How are cars recycled? This article reviews some basic steps.

Metal Recycling Facts And Figures
This article provides basic facts and figures about ferrous and non-ferrous metal recycling.

Car Battery Recycling
Lead-acid battery recycling is a resounding success. This article looks at the basics of where to recycle batteries and how it works.

Does State Metal Theft Legislation Deter Crime?

Best Places to Find Scrap Metal
Where should you look for scrap metal? Here are some well known and not so obvious ideas.

Best Places to Find Scrap Copper
Add scrap copper to your metal scrapping activities. Here are some of the key locations to look for scrap copper.

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