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Scrap Metal: Billion Dollar Business

Updated on April 15, 2019
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After running his own garage for many yrs., recycling cars for Paul was an easy segue from fixing them. 3 years turned into 30 years.


We would be a much better society if we stretched our efforts into ‘proper' recycling methods. One reason for the lack luster efforts in recycling is a poorly informed public. Cities can be more proactive. Our recycling habits can be chalked up to lots of talk and not so much action.


(1) Advertise disposable locations for say batteries by providing flyers at battery stores, garages, and major department stores or- online - at social media opportunities. Now we only have one source as the city website about recycling The battery drop off at the local library. I go to the library and don't see any drop off bins. We must try some new methods of informing the public that is better. Get new ideas going P-l-e-a-s-e!!!.

(2) The recycle bin may send out a signal when this bin reaches a certain level of ‘fullness’. This way, the driver does not have to come pick up a half full garbage bin at a scheduled time. They arrive when the bin is full. Or, you can have a staff member monitor the bins. Then, contact the recycle guys at the appropriate fullness level. A lot more of these ‘easy to access’ processes should be adopted by more cities.

(3) We need more bins; especially a variety of bins. Too many places have "ONE" or "TWO" recycle bins. Take a look next time you are at a public cafeteria style restaurant. or coffee shop Even a high scale restaurant has bins in the back. One big blue 'garbage' bin that is. Initially there is a cost for proper recycling. The cost of landfill escalates if we do nothing.


Recycling --BIG BUSINESS.

Recycling bins
Recycling bins | Source


This morning I received a big post card from the postman (Yes mail still comes to the door like milk--used to be -for now). The city is helping divide our garbage. On the card it reads "CONSERVATION DAY". The local train station (Clarkson) will be accepting hazardous material and other recyclable products. They have a gigantic parking lot. For one day April 27, 2019, the city is accepting drop offs of motor oil, paint, books, TV's and more. They even supply shredding service of confidential papers for a donation to Salvation Army. Sorting this 'garbage' at the onset helps the city. Lugging TV's to city outskirts may be a bit of a challenge.. You can visit

Recycle | Source


Recycling Rates of Metals: is still gravely low..... This year's report issued by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) still talks about ambitious targets for recycling, Valuable metal today is still lost because of the imperfect collection of end-of-life (EoL) products. There still exists improper practices, and perhaps structural deficiencies within the recycling chain, Our goals of high resource efficiency are hindered due to these inadequacies --

TODAY 2019 -

  • The UNEP talks about electrical waste (e-waste) and equates it to only 20% as being formally recycled.
  • The e-waste produced annually is valued at over $62.5 billion. This is more than the GDP of most countries. Her is a bold statement "There is 100 times more gold in a tonne of e-waste than in a tonne of gold ore."

Recycled Vehiccle Batteries
Recycled Vehiccle Batteries | Source


Battery processing is a lucrative business. Even E.V.'s have a value on each new 'electric' battery of up to $5,000. Used electric batteries command a pretty dollar too. The EV batteries can be re-charged and sold again, or scrapped for distribution.


Recycling  elementary School
Recycling elementary School | Source


You might think, "What can I do"? I' am just one person. Do not discount your efforts. Speak up! For instance, In Southern Ontario, I have seen a lot of bins overflowing. Small coffee shops have overflowing recycle bins. It is up to me to call the city or complain to the 'business' owner. Oh yes, I have done this to deaf ears, might I say. Do not despair. Do not give up your good intentions. Our ex-Mayor Hazel McCallion noted pot holes in the city of Mississauga. As a driver we find them too with another flat tire and a bent wheel rim. But, when Hazel retired a lot more potholes were left to chance. Yes, it sometimes does take one person. Why not you?

Largest Recycling Plant In The World

 Republic Services Inc.
Republic Services Inc. | Source


The largest recycling operation in the world processes 110-tons per hour. California houses this plant. Many other billion dollar recycling plants have sprung up in the last 10 years.for processing waste Milpitas,California has boosted its revenue and brought in new jobs for the area.

The material recovery facility (MRF) will process residential and commercial garbage of all sorts.

Gil Cheso, division manager for Republic said. “We are proud that in partnership with our service cities, we have met or exceeded California’s waste diversion requirements. This greatly enhances our overall positive environmental impact.”

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 paul-hill


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