TYPES OF METALS
Mining & Recycling of Natural Resources
Why is metal important to recycle?
Recycling metal rather than mining it will help save our worlds natural resources and reduce pollution and harming our environment supporting a healthier environment.
Its important to recycle to avoid disposing of hazardous materials into our landfill. Currently we are facing much bigger problems that have little to no attention at all that play a huge role in polluting our air supply. This is the everyday person disposing items that contain refrigerant gasses, propane or battery acid to be the more common ones are not informed on the how to or even educated at all about whats contained inside their items and that it should be disposed of properly and that they’re is very little service that do so worldwide.
Now I’m not saying forget about the big boys like factory’s and other polluting emissions but in our everyday life without any knowledge of being a part of this problem. Our communities across the world dispose of many harmful materials that don’t seem to them like to much of a problem when they dispose of those materials at the curbside.
Just with garbage bags being black and not seeing if harmful items are being tossed or not, which if they were to do it would be a total invasion of our privacy, so we face an issue where people throw items like batteries, tinfoil, cell phones, plastic items that cause harmful affects to our environment and most of all our soil and water tables below all while most creating gasses that emit immensely from these landfill sites into our breathable air.
With batteries and especially the little ones or copper wiring like speaker wire or satellite cable which scrap yards don’t pay for leading to no one really caring to collect it are tossed in the trash all the time.
Public garbage cans contribute to polluting our landfills as well as people don’t care what it is they toss it because its their and convenient , its not littering where they are at the moment but later ends up in the landfills.
Education is the biggest key role in eliminating this problem and finding a solution rather it be the government funding companies to ensure of proper reclaiming our refrigerant gas, That manufactures building and distributing these items containing these harmful gasses or those who are creating the gasses to be used whatever the solution may be it most certainly should not be the uneducated world populations responsibility.
Majority of fridge owners and may i add that everyone in the world except limited country’s has at least 1 fridge in there house and at least 70 percent of those households own 2 or more items containing refrigerant gasses.
If no one drains them for the everyday fridge or window ac , humidifiers etc then were at a stand still and pushing the problem of people who collect them for scrap to just clip the line depleting the gas into our environment.
What are the most commonly recycled metals?
A silvery-white metal, the chemical element of atomic number 50 being a ferrous metal making it magnetic. Tin is very thin and light compared to steel and used all over the place, in things like cars, computers, wheel barrows, bicycles, food cans, swing sets, backyard sheds the list goes on.
Tin is found in many items around us only a daily basis. Tin being the most common metal found for recycling also pays by the ton which means you need a large volume in order to make anything worth making. ( Items like tin cans, dog crates, filing cabinets, cars, trucks, shelving the list goes on.
Tin is everywhere and will continue to be a well used material with a high demand on the market.
A hard, strong, gray or bluish-gray alloy of iron with carbon and usually other elements, being the atomic number 26, iron (steel) is the second most common metal element on Earth. Steel is also a ferrous metal being magnetic as well.
Anything a quarter inch thick or more i would say is considered steel in the scrap world. steel is used mainly in heavy structural items, heavy machinery, bridges and much more.
Steel is like Tin when it comes to being found. Steel is used in all commercial and industrial buildings, vehicles, heavy machinery, tools and much more. Steel is heavy and items that are steel are great items for recycling collectors to obtain knowing that steel can weigh up pretty fast and normally would pay more than Tin
A reddish brown metal, this chemical element being atomic number 29. Copper is considered a non-ferrous metal making it non-magnetic.
With copper being such a great conductor of electricity, copper is mostly used in electrical generators & motors, electrical wiring, and electronics such as radio, DVD players and television sets. Copper also conducts heat well, so it is used in motor vehicle radiators, air-conditioners and home heating systems. Copper has been used for plumbing but is now being phased out and replace with plastic piping.
When recycling scrap copper and batteries at the same time, for safe travels be sure to keep both separate as copper can start a fire instantly just by a battery tipping over in your truck or trailer and a copper wire touches both terminals.
Copper is known as one of the easier out of all hard but still hard to obtain metals with a great value. Fetching any wheres between $2 – $5 per pound.
A yellow alloy mixture of copper and zinc elements also a non-ferrous metal being non magnetic. Brass is a mixture of two elements and does not have its own atomic number. Brass is mainly used for decoration because its bright gold-like appearance.
Items where low friction is required for example locks, gears, bearings, door handles, bullet casings as well as valves.
They are also used for plumbing and electrical and especially in brass musical instruments such as trumpets, horns, bells, symbols etc..
Brass is like cooper just hidden in disguise being silver plated or chrome plated brass. For example those old silver serving trays are not actually pure silver just plated underneath is brass. Brass fetching between $1 – $3 per pound.