As you all know, this past Monday was the ever important Earth Day! As a local scrap yard in Fort Wayne area, we truly love nothing more than the satisfaction of knowing all the scrap we collect not only puts money in your pocket…but helps the environment by eliminating unnecessary waste.

Here’s a reminder of the benefits of scrap recycling:

The National Geographic states,

“Consider the true cost of a product over its entire life—from harvesting the raw materials to creating, consuming, and disposing of it—and the scale tips dramatically in recycling’s favor. Every shrink-wrapped toy or tool or medical device we buy bears the stamp of its energy-intensive history: mountains of ore that have been mined (bauxite, say, for aluminum cans), coal plants and oil refineries, railcars, assembly lines. A product’s true cost includes greenhouse gases emitted in its creation as well as use, and pollutants that cause acid rain, smog, and fouled waterways.”

It’s important to take part in recycling weekly with your city pick-up but also to partake in scrap metal recycling. Scrap metal exports are one of the largest in the US and by recycling metals, we reduce the amount of ore drilling throughout the world.

Some of these metals include copper, steel, aluminum, brass, iron and wires, but they are often tossed in the garbage due to the lack of knowledge and sources for metal recycling. At Upstate, we’re here to help educate the community to keep an eye out for those opportunities to grab some metal and bring it to the right place.

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