Historically metal was one of the first materials to be recycled. It’s value, relative ease of recycling and efficiency to transport (high density) makes it a perfect material for recycling. A huge benefit of metal is that is can be recycled again and again without altering its properties!
Metals are essential, versatile and resilient. They can be used for industrial purposes from airplanes to domestic items like cutlery. The most common recyclable metals include aluminum and steel. Metals such as copper, brass, silver and gold are so high in value that they are rarely thrown away but collected for recycling.
Available in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Seattle
Our aluminum recycling program is specifically designed to meet the needs of the printing industries. In conjunction with our many available services specific to the printing industry, we provide pickup service for your aluminum plates, rebating you maximum value and preserving the environment.
Our comprehensive service includes:
- Cages to store your aluminum plate material
- Regular reliable scheduled pickup
- Removal of other materials such as wood crating and pallets, plastic (shrink film, banding or roll ends) and metal (steel shelving, packaging, banding).
- Maintenance and monitoring of any discharge systems, filters or air cleaning systems we have installed at your facility.
METAL RECYCLING FACTS
- Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a 100 watt light bulb for almost 20 hours or a computer for 3!
According to estimates, 85-90% of all automobile aluminum is recycled.
- In the year 2011, 570 million metric tons of ferrous metals were consumed globally.
- Canada and the United States process and recycle enough steel to build 25 Eiffel Towers every day.
- Recycling steel consumes 60% less energy than producing steel products from iron ore.
- 58% of CO2 emissions can be reduced by using ferrous scrap instead of virgin materials in the production of steel and iron.
- A steel mill that use recycled steel reduces air and water pollution by roughly 70%
- It takes 120 pounds of limestone, 1,000 lbs of coal and 2,500 lbs of iron ore to make 1 ton of steel.
- Copper and copper alloy scraps account for nearly half of the total copper consumed annually in Canada.Recycling aluminum saves 92% of energy it would take to make new aluminum