While cleaning up your home and back yard, there are very good reasons for re-considering and thinking carefully before you throw away unwanted items. One of the most important materials to keep out of your garbage is anything made of or containing metals. Three reasons for selling scrap metal rather than throwing it away are relevant to the home owners today.
The first is fairly obvious. If your home or yard is littered with all sorts of broken down metal appliances, garden furniture or any other indoor or outdoor household goods, you will be anxious to get rid of the junk that makes your home an eyesore.
These items can be broken down and dumped with the rest of your rubbish. However they are often awkward to handle and tear the garbage bags. Your other option is to sell your metal scrap or give it away to your local dealers who buy scrap metal.
You may be surprised how valuable scrap metal can be. Do yourself a favour and contact your local scrap metal dealers in Sydney and check out their price lists or get a quote. You may get something for your bits and pieces.
So be aware of the fact when you are thinking of throwing out even such things as old cell phones, catalytic converters, they sometimes contain valuable and useful metals that can be re-used.
Probably the most important reason for selling or giving your old metal to scrap metal recyclers is for the benefit it has for the environment.
We all know that mining cannot go on forever. Most of our mineral resources are limited, mines are being dug deeper and are becoming more dangerous for miners to reach the metals.
But this is only part of the grim picture. Mines are responsible for the most appalling toxic waste. The worst pollution affects our water and ground water sources.
In the vicinity of some mining developments there have been such bad fumes and air pollution that people have had to be evacuated from their homes.
What is quite frightening is that the damage to the environment is cumulative. It doesn’t always stop when the mining stops. The worst pollution from mining sites is generally considered to be acid mine drainage. Long after the mining operations have stopped, these wastes still seep into the surrounding soil and water.
Old Roman mines dating back to the fifth century are still seeping acid waste in Europe today!
Many ores that are mined expose sulfides to water and air. This causes the formation of sulphuric acid. This can, at times, be some hundreds of times more acidic than acid rain or battery acid. It has even been known to catch fire.
Lastly, remember when you start a welding or some other metal project that many useful cut pieces of metal are available from your nearest metal recyclers. Should you need a section of metal sheeting, a rod or a piece of steel, why not approach your local scrap metal dealers and see what they have to offer?
By buying scrap metal, not only will you get it for a fraction of the price of a new piece of metal, but you will be helping our planet to recover and become green again.
Another thing that you can do is to look around when you do your shopping. More and more often, these days new products are being made up from recycled materials.
Keep your eyes open for the products you need, made from recycled metal, indeed from any recycled materials. If you can, buy them. This is one of the most positive contributions you can make to our environment.