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Types of Scrap

There are several different kinds of scrap, all of which have different price points and environmental benefits. If you are unfamiliar with our industry and are interested in learning the basics, here is a high-level breakdown:

 – The most globally recycled material, ferrous is defined as anything that has a percentage of steel in it. The US alone processes enough ferrous scrap to build 25 Eiffel Towers every day of the year.

 – These metals include aluminum, copper, lead, nickel, and zinc to name a few. Nonferrous materials do not lose their chemical or physical properties during the recycling process, allowing them to be recycled an infinite amount of times.

 – Thanks to advances in technology, the electronics recycling industry has grown tremendously in the past decade. While most electronic scrap is broken down into ferrous, nonferrous, plastic and glass scrap, the rest is refurbished and resold as functioning electronic equipment. Given the nature of how quickly new technology is replaced with even newer technology, the electronics recycling industry is constantly evolving.

 – The technology to appropriately, and cost-effectively, separate and recycle plastics has only emerged in the past few decades, despite the ubiquity of the product. The vibrant plastic scrap market is also growing at a healthy clip.

 – Most commonly associated with paper and board, this is one of the most recycled materials in the world. Did you know some of the earliest pieces of paper were made with recycled scrap metals?

 – The US generates approximately 300 million scrap tires annually. Because of their indestructible design, tires can be difficult to recycle; however, new-emerging technologies like ambient shredding and cryogenic grinding have helped scrap tires play an important role in strengthening our economy and helping our environment. Emerging countries are finding environmentally friendly ways to incinerate tire scrap and use the byproduct for fuel. Scrap tires also are shredded and commonly used on playgrounds or athletic fields using synthetic turf.

 – Recycled glass substituted for 70% of raw materials in making new glass, and for every ton of glass recycled more than a ton of glass is saved.

 – Every year, billions of pounds of cotton, wool, synthetic and synthetic-blend products are recycled to make new raw materials for automotive, furniture, mattress, coarse yarn, home furnishings and paper industries.

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