We all know that some things can be recycled while others can not. It can lead to some confusion when it comes to recycling time, but a little education will clear it up. For those that remember their science classes, you’ll recall that there are many naturally occurring metals and alloys in the Earth that are used for various products. There are also many man made metals that are not found in nature. Regardless of their origin, some can be recycled while others can not.
One of the first steps along the road of metal recycling is understanding what you should be on the lookout for. Fortunately most metals can be recycled, and the metals you encounter in your everyday life are most likely made of those that can. For your home recycling needs, you can feel confident placing the metal mass market products into the blue bin. Other items you may need to handle on a case by case basis.
Common Recyclable Metals
We’ll look at some of the common recyclable metals you’ll encounter in everyday life, and what products they are often found in.
One of the most common elements found on the Earth’s surface, aluminum is silvery and lightweight while still providing good strength. We all encounter it everyday as it is most commonly used in drink cans and appliances. Ever made a pie? That pie plate is aluminum, and so is that foil you used to warm a baked potato.
Brass and Bronze
A copper alloy and with zinc or tin respectively, you probably don’t even realize it when you run across it. They have an almost gold like colouring and often take a good shine. You’ll usually encounter them in gold or green looking ornamental objects.
Made of iron with some carbon or silicon, it is most often found in cookware. Who doesn’t love a good cast iron frying pan for searing meat? It takes on that classic black look and is a heavy metal piece. It is fully recyclable even though you might not think it at first.
Red coloured that tarnishes to green, see the Parliament Building roofs or the Statue of Liberty, it was used in pennies while they were still a thing. These days its main use is in wiring and pipes due to how good a conductor it is, and the fact it does not rust.
Those are all examples of some of the most common metals you’ll encounter in day to day life. All of them are recyclable in your everyday blue bin, but if you’re unsure just check with your local recycling regulations. For larger quantities, you may need a professional service provider to come and handle it for you. You can reach out to us with inquiries whenever you feel the need!