Compactor & Scrap Baler Solutions for Metal Waste
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Many industries generate metal waste, from manufacturing plants to auto factories. Restaurants, hospitals, and schools typically generate large amounts of used aluminum food and beverage cans. These materials are easy to recycle, but too often they end up in landfills.
This is bad for businesses and bad for the environment. Recycling is a much more efficient way to produce the metals we need for the things we use every day. Recycling uses less energy than sourcing new materials, it diverts waste from landfills, and it is much less destructive than mining for virgin materials.
Recycling metal waste and scrap metal is good for businesses, too. Since metals can be re-melted and shaped into new products, they are highly sought after by recyclers. This can help turn a cost center (waste hauling) into a profit center for your business.
The best way to manage metal waste is to bale it. Bales are much more attractive to recyclers, who will usually collect bales for free or for a small fee.
Common Recyclable Metals
Here are common metals that can help generate revenue for your business:
Aluminum is a lightweight, versatile metal. It is used in everything from car rims to home siding, but most aluminum scrap today comes from food and beverage cans. And, nearly all recycled aluminum goes back into making aluminum cans. Recycling aluminum uses just 5% of the energy required to manufacture new aluminum, so it is the environmentally responsible choice. Used aluminum can bring anywhere from $0.25 to $1 a pound, depending on the type and form.
Steel is one of the most used metals in the world, and North America recycles more steel than any other metal. Like aluminum, steel can be re-melted and shaped into new products like appliances, fixtures, or structural framing. Each ton of recycled steel saves around 2,500 pounds of iron and more than 1,000 pounds of coal. And, recycling requires 74% less energy than producing steel from raw materials. Scrap stainless steel can bring around $0.25 a pound ($500 per ton), while shreddable and prepared steel can bring between $110 and $150 per ton.
Copper is a soft, malleable, highly conductive metal. It is used in everything from insulated wire to pipes to motors. It is a non-renewable resource, which means it does not regenerate naturally nearly fast enough to keep up with consumption, so it is important to recycle copper. Scrap copper can bring more than $2 a pound.
Brass is an alloy made from copper, zinc, and other metals. It is used to make everything from keys to door handles to bathroom fixtures. In the auto industry, manufacturers have started replacing heavy aluminum radiators with models made of a copper-brass alloy. Brass is a mid-level priced item at scrap yards; it can bring $1 to $1.50 a pound.
Metal Compactors and Balers for Managing Recyclable/Scrap Metal
In a world of shrinking natural resources, it is more important than ever to reduce waste and recycle. Compacting or baling scrap metals is a great way to conserve resources and generate revenue for your business. Here are some of the benefits of investing in a metal compactor.
- Lower collection and hauling costs: Compacted metal takes up less truck space, which means fewer trips to the recycling plant, whether you hire a hauler or take it yourself.
- More efficient storage: Commercial business space is expensive. Balers and compactors can help you maintain a smaller physical footprint.
- Better sanitation: Compacted trash is less likely to leak, spill, or spread during handling and storage, improving sanitation, and protecting workers.
- Enhanced reputation: In a world of shrinking resources, environmentally responsible businesses are ever-more attractive. Adopting waste minimization practices and recycling as part of your waste management plan can generate good PR for your business.
- Greater employee efficiency: Trying to manage piles of scrap metals without a compactor or baler reduces productivity. Balers and compactors will help you cut down on the time your employees spend collecting and hauling trash.
Designed for commercial or heavy industrial use, the Cram-A-Lot stationary compactor can help you manage metal waste and bring in extra revenue on scrap metals.
GTS offers stationary metal compactors in a variety of sizes to suit the needs of businesses big and small, and we can customize compactors for your specific applications. Our 2- to 4-yard compactors are designed for moderate-duty service. Our 5- to 15-yard stationary compactors are ideal for heavy use. Each unit is designed to compact your waste safely, quietly and efficiently.
Contact us to learn more. Our experienced consultants are standing by to help you choose the most trusted solution for your industry-specific application.