FAQ: What You Should Know about Recycling Metal

What are the financial benefits of recycling metal?

When you recycle your metals, manufacturers don’t have to mine them. Mining costs a lot of money, so manufacturers save money when you recycle. This helps them keep the prices of their products and services low, so you’ll pay less money the next time you need a new electronic device.


Metal recycling plants, including Federal Metals, will pay you for most of the metals that you bring to them as well. You’ll save money and make money at the same time.


What is the most valuable type of metal that you can recycle?

Most metal recycling companies, including Federal Metals, pay the most for copper.


Are ferrous or non-ferrous metals worth more?

Ferrous metals are worth less than non-ferrous metals. Ferrous metals typically have lots of iron in them, which makes them magnetic and less appealing to manufacturers. If you have materials like aluminum, brass, copper, lead, or stainless steel, you’ll get more money for them.


What metals will Federal Metals not buy from you?

If you have rebar, steel cables, barbed wire, metal shavings, aerosol cans, propane tanks, paint or pesticide containers, or appliances, we will not pay you for them. We’ll accept steel cables if you break them into small pieces. However, we won’t accept anything that has been in contact with toxic materials.


What are the environmental benefits of recycling metal?

If you recycle metal instead of throwing it away, you keep that material from going into landfills.


Landfills are expensive to maintain, and cities have to dig more of them all the time to keep up with our trash production. You’ll save the environment by keeping landfills small.


Recycling metal also means that miners and manufacturers produce fewer carbon emissions, because they don’t have to fuel as many of the machines that mine and purify metal. They can just take the existing materials and shape them into something else. The entire world will benefit from having fewer carbon emissions in the air.


How does recycling metal conserve the world’s energy?

If you recycle your metals, you’re preserving many of the world’s resources. You’re conserving the metal that’s in the product and the gasoline, wood, and oil that manufacturers use to mine and refine the product. More of the world’s nonrenewable resources will stay in the ground for future generations to use.


How much energy can you save by recycling metal?

Recycling one ton of metal saves thousands of kilowatt hours of energy. The amount of energy saved depends on the type of metal, because some metals are harder to mine than others. A Californian study found that recycling over 10 billion bottles and cans saved enough energy to power over 500,000 homes. So, recycling really does save a lot of power.


Does recycling metal affect its quality?

The metal retains its quality, and it’s actually much easier for manufacturers to use because they don’t have to refine it as much. Recycled metal is just as much, if not more, useful for all of the companies involved.


What are recycled metals used for?

Manufacturers use recycled metals just like other metals. They melt them down and fit them into their new shape, to be used as wires, appliances, electronics, jewellery, or other applications.


How can you help with metal recycling?

It’s very easy for you to recycle your metals, especially if you live in Calgary, AB. All you have to do is contact Federal Metals. We offer great prices for every piece of metal you’ve got! Call us at 403-236-0402 or fill out our online form!

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