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Feb 06, 2017

What Happens to Recycled Metals?

Once 123JUNK hauls away items from our clients’ homes and offices, we sort through and remove any metals that can be recycled, and deliver them to our local recycling center. But what happens to those metals after that?

A majority of the materials recycled are scrap metals, and once they are delivered to the recycling center, the metals must be separated. Using large, heavy-duty magnets, the center can divide metals from each other. Then, the particular metals are sent to different processors.

Steel and iron, which are called “prime scrap,” can be melted down at a foundry or mill, and that new product is sold to another foundry or mill to create new steel, generally in the form of pipes, sheets, or beams.

Other metals are shredded into tiny pieces and shipped to a foundry or mill where it is melted in a furnace at high temperatures. It can then be molded into new uses, such as cans.

Recycling Metals Saves Energy and the Environment

When you recycle metal, you are not only helping to save our environment by keeping these metals out of area landfills, you are also supporting the businesses involved in the scrap metal industry, as well as 123JUNK.

What you may not know is that metal is a natural, non-renewing material. Recycling it helps curb destructive mining practices and aids in reducing the energy consumption connected with processing the raw material. Plus, if we don’t keep recycling it, we could end up depleting our supply!

123JUNK Sorts Metals For You

When you call 123JUNK to make a pickup in Northern Virginia, DC or Maryland, you don’t have to sort anything—just point to what you want removed and we’ll do the rest, separating items for reuse or recycling. It’s part of our three-pronged Donate – Recycle – Dispose disposal process.

Got junk? Call 123JUNK today.

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