Scrap metal recycling is a big business in the U.S, generating billions of dollars each year. This is possible because a large portion of the scrap metal that is recycled is used to produce entirely new products, from appliances to building material. Scrap metal recycling is a great way to protect the environment, conserve energy and re-purpose different metals for new and useful items. Let’s look at some of the ways in which scrap metal is re-purposed.
Food packaging is one of several uses of recycled scrap metal, like aluminum and steel. Today, the majority of canned goods have a degree of recycled metal, and in some instances, is made of recycled material entirely. Recycled scrap metal can be used for food or beverage containers, which can be more cost-effective for the manufacturer and the production process more efficient. This is a different way of packaging that works well.
Many different materials are used to make decor, and recycled scrap metal can be used to make home decor, such as furnishings, fixtures and lighting, and home components, like roofing. Metal roofing materials are largely made from recycled metals, roughly 95% recycled in content– primarily used beverage containers. Modern artwork and decorative metalwork may also be made from scrap metal, giving “trash” new functions and an appealing purpose.
The construction industry is making use of recycled scrap iron and aluminum metals for projects like building roads and bridges in projects such as roads and bridges. Ohio’s Muskingum County has adopted using recycled steel bridge beams as the replacement of structurally deficient and functionally obsolete short span bridges. In the transportation sector, recycled scrap metals can be used in the manufacture of automobiles and aircraft.
Art comes in many forms and scrap metal can inspire some artists and serve as the thing that can be shaped into art itself. Artists can re-purpose scrap steel to create decorative home accents or beautiful sculptures. Whether an artist or not, anyone with the creativity or interest can use scrap metal to form beautiful works of art. Metal art has a place in the right space.
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