Why the recycling of metals is so important?
Metals are used by people in all walks of life. Steel, as not many materials, provides many opportunities for processing at relatively low production costs. It has many varieties and each of them is applicable, in particular due to the fact that it is easily subjected to such processes as cutting, rolling, stretching, pressing or gluing.
However, its biggest advantage – especially in today’s world, is the ability to re-use.
Experts estimate that after 20 years as much as 70% of all steel products is returned for re-circulation. This high percentage is only possible through well-functioning system of recycling. Statistics clearly show that every second ton of steel that goes into circulation, comes from scrap.
The international market for raw materials that come from recycling is gaining importance in the face of melting of natural resources. Companies that are responsible for collection, purchase, storage, recovery and delivery of raw materials to customers play a key role in it. Thanks to them worn steel products from household, dismantled production facilities, car bodies or rails are to be recovered and transported to the mills for re-use. The impact of recycling on environmental protection is multi-track.
The two most important of them is the management of generated waste and the reduction of the amount of the energy consumed in the production process. In the case of steel it is a good solution, because even in re-processing, it does not lose its properties. With recycling of steel you can save up to 74% of the energy required for the primary production.
With the recycling of metals:
- we protect and retain natural deposits,
- we save the energy,
- we protect the environment from further exploitation,
- we reduce production costs.