Recycled Steel’s New Role In The Transport Of Cleaning Chemicals Could Help Improve The Environment
Author: Ike Brannon
The energy costs of recycling plastic is significant as well, taking into account the sorting, transport, and the actual process of turning it into new product, which entails the old plastic being shredded, heated, chemically treated, and compressed back into a new resin. For instance, in the last couple of years a few companies have begun selling water in aluminum cans, which are much more likely to be recycled. Since these s can be recycled forever - unlike plastic - and the incremental energy needed to recycle aluminum is relatively slight, it means that aluminum producers value used aluminum. As a result, they are willing to pay something to acquire them, which means used cans actually have a monetary value to them. That reality induces consumers, stores, and any entity with people consuming beverages to collect the cans and return them for money. The recycling rate for steel s is much greater than that for plastic - the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that it is nearly 75 percent - and it also takes significantly less energy to recycle steel than it does plastic, which means less greenhouse gas emissions result from the recycling process.