Living More Simply, Recycling Scrap

April, 2012 by

If you are a business owner who has been in the Ann Arbor area for awhile, you may be one of the many people who are confronted with an enormous amount of clutter. Old equipment, car parts, various metals, and other scraps tend to pile up, much of it useless. You may have had some notion stirring in the back of your mind about figuring out a way to creatively use scrap materials when you first began that pile in the corner of your garage or warehouse, but now, years later, it’s just taking up space. Before loading it up and taking it to a landfill where it will be buried and rust for a few hundred years, consider recycling at a scrap yard in Ann Arbor.

A greater advantage, not just for you but for your neighbor, of taking your metal clutter to a scrap yard in Ann Arbor is lessening the environmental impact of producing new materials from mining ore and other metals. The manufacture of products from recycled alloys, steel, lead, copper, cobalt, tin, and other materials does not release the same quantity of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases have a deleterious environmental impact that can lead to climate change and high levels of chemical pollution which, in some cases, have been proven to have extremely adverse health effects on entire populations.

A second more general benefit associated with taking your metals to a scrap yard has to do with energy conservation. Mining operations and the manufacture and refinement of materials in order to make various types of products uses an enormous amount of our diminishing energy resources. In the case of aluminum, for example, the energy saved is staggering. Making aluminum from raw materials expends 19 times the energy as recycling does. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that one recycled can saves enough energy to burn a 60-watt bulb for one-sixth of a day, or at least four hours.

Using the services of an Ann Arbor scrap yard can also have a significant impact on your own environment at your place of business or at home. Getting rid of scrap metal, old computer components, non-working appliances, old metal building or construction materials, and warehouse materials no longer in use help make for a cleaner, simpler space that can be used more efficiently and productively. In exchange, most scrap yard businesses in or near Ann Arbor will evaluate and pay you for your scrap metals, and it’s even likely that you’ll make a profit.