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Month: April 2014

Fun Facts About Steel Recycling

Recycling symbolWhen people talk about recycling, the items that usually come to mind are paper, plastic, and glass.  However, one of the most recyclable materials in the world is actually steel.  In fact, just last year, the United States had over 75 million metric tons of iron and steel processed by the scrap recycling industry.  That’s enough, by weight, to build 25 Eiffel Towers every single day of the year.

So where does all this steel come from?  One obvious answer is soda cans.  In fact, in 2011, the US recycled almost 11.9 million cans, which equals about 15.5 million tons of shredded scrap. However, this is not the only steel source that can be recycled.  Other sources include steel that is recovered from appliances, automobiles, steel structures, ships, farm equipment, and railroad tracks. All of these items, which include both ferrous and nonferrous metals, have the capability, when recycled, to drastically help our environment and our economy. Continue reading

The Skinny on Commercial Trash Compactors

Piles of compacted trashIf your business produces a lot of waste, you may want to consider buying a trash compactor. To help you figure out if a trash compactor is a worthwhile investment, let’s take a brief look at just how a trash compactor works and the potential benefits.

A trash compactor is actually a pretty basic piece of equipment.  Items are placed inside the trash compactor (which is usually a stainless steel container that comes in various sizes), which are then compacted (i.e. squashed) by a metal ram into smaller, more manageable pieces. Those pieces are usually held within a bin or container until it is time to remove them to the dump. Continue reading

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