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Where does your recycled scrap metal go?

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Wondering what happens to scrap metal once it is handed off to Elgin Recycling? You can rest assured it is put back to good use.

Examples of the more commonly recycled scrap metal items include aluminum, brass, copper, stainless steel, and steel, among others.

Once left with Elgin Recycling, a cutting-edge processing and sorting procedure is used, which is designed to maximize output quality and allow the company to pay a higher price to customers for the materials received.

The scrap metal is then melted in furnaces and molded into new shapes, making it usable to create new products.

For instance, a used aluminum can be recycled and back on the grocery shelf as a new can in as little as 60 days. And a steel mill using recycled scrap reduces water pollution, air pollution and mining waste by about 70 percent. Fortunately, used aluminum beverage cans are the most recycled item in the United States, accounting for less than 1 percent of the total U.S. waste stream, according to EPA estimates. But other types of aluminum, such as siding, gutters, car components, storm window frames and lawn furniture can also be recycled. There are, however, a few materials considered unacceptable for recycling because of their dangerous properties. They include ammunition shells, materials containing asbestos, oil filled materials, mercury or materials containing mercury, pressurized tanks, material containing refrigerant, radioactive materials, PCBs, and glass.

Elgin Recycling wants to make sure the scrap metal recycling process is convenient for you. Visit one of the company’s four full-service recycling facilities where you can simply drop off your recyclable materials and get paid right away. If you plan on recycling metal in large quantities, you can request a pick up for free. Elgin Recycling has a fleet of flatbeds, roll-offs, and trailers waiting to meet your recycling needs.

Elgin Recycling : 847.741.4100 : http://www.elginrecycling.com

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