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Happy Returns: Trending Issues In Recycling

Heya. I'm Janet Rundle and I am a passionate advocate for recycling and reusables. Before I get carried away, let me tell you about myself. I grew up on an organic farm where we aimed to have zero waste. My dad even ran his car on vegetable oils! These days, I work as a teacher aide in a school which has "caring for the environment" as its main mission. We don't have single-use straws, cups, plates, bags or plastics and we try to recycle everything from paper to drink cans. Every day, one of the staff or students has a bright idea about improving our environment. I have been recording our ideas on my computer, so I have decided to compile them into this blog for other "greenies" like myself. Maybe together, we can build up a real community passion for environmental awareness and recycling.


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The Connection Between Copper Recycling and Sustainability

Most of the rubbish that you churn out from home and even from the industries is hauled off by garbage removal companies and dumped in landfills. While these areas are designated for waste dumping and they are a convenient way to avoid littering, there are better ways in which some of the waste materials can be used. Copper is one of the most commonly used metals in the home and industrial appliances. This means that it is also one of the most frequently dumped metals. People are therefore turning to copper recycling measures because of the massive benefits which recycling brings. 

Minimising the environmental impact of mining

During the process of copper mining, a lot of dust and waste products such as sulphur dioxide are produced. These waste products usually have a very deleterious effect on the environment, including depletion of the ozone layer. When copper is recycled, these processes aren't part of the purification and remoulding of the metal. As a result, copper recycling keeps the environment clean and green.

Lowering disposal costs

If you are using copper on an industrial scale, you are probably churning out a lot of waste. There are millions of tons of residues which are churned out by industries on a daily basis; this means that space is getting scarcer, and as a result, you have to spend a lot of money to rent a little space in the landfill. Industrial scrap recycling is cheaper than getting these dumping sites, and if you are interested in investing in a recycling system, you can make money from garbage instead of spending money to dispose of it.

Conserving copper ore

A lot of the copper which has been discovered in the past century has been mined for industrial use. While it is believed that a lot of undiscovered ore still exists, copper is a finite resource, and it makes sense to conserve it for future generations. Recycling the copper that has already been mined saves the ores and, at the same time, reduces the energy costs which would be incurred in purifying ore into usable copper.

The reasons to think about recycling copper are countless. If you have old electric wires, electrical generators, motors and other parts which have copper but have stopped functioning, think about recycling them as opposed to disposing them. Remember that it is cheaper to recycle old copper and that the quality of the metal does not deteriorate significantly with recycling so that the products will be as good as new.