Aluminium is the most abundant metal on Earth, so do we put so much emphasis on recycling it?
The recycling process is neither convenient nor straightforward. The metal must first be sorted, cleaned, and then melted down to make it reusable. Why is it so important to recycle aluminium? Why can’t we continue to harvest our natural reserves from the Earth’s crust and dispose of our aluminium in a landfill? Let’s explore the benefits of recycling aluminium and why it should be everyone’s responsibility to recycle.#
Recycling Aluminium Is Environmentally Friendly
Recycling is the most environmentally friendly way of restocking the UK’s aluminium reserves. Of course, there is plenty of aluminium to be extracted from the Earth. However, the cost of extracting and processing aluminium ore is high. This is because our natural reserve of aluminium is mixed up with many other types of minerals.
Aluminium can be found in most rocks as well as soil and vegetation and is usually widely dispersed. Because of this, aluminium is extremely difficult and costly to extract. The process of mining and processing raw aluminium ore is not only expensive. It also uses a great deal of energy to complete the process which impacts the environment significantly.
Due to aluminium’s resistance against corrosion, an ingot of aluminium can be recycled an infinite number of times without losing its sustainability. The material is so durable that almost 75% of all aluminium ever produced in America is still in circulation to this day. Aluminium doesn’t only live one life as a can, it comes back as foil, car parts, and window frames to name a few examples.
Recycling your aluminium should always take priority over throwing it into the rubbish bin. It makes more sense to reuse our aluminium than see it dumped in a landfill where it is doing nobody any good. The more aluminium thrown in the bin means more aluminium that has to be harvested from the ground, which is harmful to the environment and extremely costly.
It’s up to everyone to act responsibly when it comes to recycling aluminum to keep as much of it in circulation as possible. All businesses worldwide have a corporate social responsibility to protect our environment and ensure best practices are implemented when it comes to recycling and waste disposal. After all, it’s in everybody’s best interest to keep aluminum in circulation and always recycle it rather than throwing it away. Furthermore, it’s much more profitable to recycle aluminum as it’s a sustainable metal that is cost-effective to reuse repeatedly without a loss of material.
At Jarvis Metals, we provide our recycling services at affordable prices. Our operation spans locally around the Northampton and Brackley area. If you would like more information about how you as a business or individual can get involved with doing your bit to recycle aluminium please feel free to get in touch with us at 01295710223 or contact us via our form for a fast and easy quote.