Metals

Metals

  Metal recycling is big business.  Commonly recycled metals include: iron and steel, aluminum, copper, stainless steel, lead, zinc, brass, bronze, magnesium and tin.  Recycling metal creates more jobs, conserves energy, cuts down on landfill, minimizes the use of non-renewable resources, and contributes significantly to U.S. trade balances.  According to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), the United States recycles 150 million metric tons of scrap metals annually.    Recycled materials processed for raw material feedstock are used for industrial manufacturing around the world.  Globally, in 2013 more than 1.5 billion metric tons of crude steel were made.  About 530 million metric tons came from recycled scrap metal.  According to the National Recycling Coalition, the recycling industry in general generates $236 billion annually and employs more than a million workers across America.

  In 2013 the U.S. lead the world in ferrous (scrap iron and steel) export, shipping 20.5 million metric tons worldwide.  If not recycled, this ferrous metal alone would fill more than 184,000,000 cubic landfill yards at a cost of at least $30 per yard each year.  For every one pound of steel manufactured from recycled steel we save enough power to light a 60 watt light bulb for over a day. The steel from the more than 39 million appliances recycled last year yielded enough steel to build about 160 stadiums the size of the Pittsburgh Steelers stadium.


  In 2013 J.S. Fesmire Hauling recycled 39,000 tons of metals, saving:

           97.5 million lbs. of iron ore

           54.6 million lbs. of coal

           4.7 million lbs. of limestone

           167.7 million Kilowatt-hours of electricity

           156,000 cubic yards of landfill space

           Energy equivalent of 140,400 barrels of oil

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