Reduce, Reuse, Recycle- Metals
Have you ever thought about what to do with metal scraps like cans or aluminum foil?
The majority of our metal waste is in the form of our pets food cans. Also, soda cans and canned food such as chicken broth or vegetables came in, but those are the minority. Some of you probably know, however, for those that haven`t heard you can also recycle other types of metals like old wire fencing that at one time has surrounded property or car parts.
Not only are animal food cans one of the biggest source of our metal waste, however, they also represent the biggest opportunity for reduction. How about making your own pet’s food?
Yes, it does take some time, however, making a bigger amount you will have to keep it in the fridge but it will last for a couple of days. The homemade pet food is also more healthy for our pets, and it costs about the same to make as we pay for a can of their current food.
When it comes to reusing metals, it`s very difficult to think of something that we reuse on a daily basis. Usually, we fuse metal and make new things out of it, however, metal car parts are being reused all the time, especially when a car is being taken down to parts. Metal containers are very useful, for example, cargo shipments. Coffee cans are also a great example. A lot of people gather coffee cans and fill them up with various screws and other hardware accessories. Here are two examples of reusable objects:
- aluminum cans– they can be reused to make different cans
- aluminum foil– it is later reused to make candy wrappers
Metal is a material that could be increased on the amount that we take to be recycled. Some of us have been recycling metal, however, a lot of us didn`t know that we can recycle other types of metals as well. Based on the items that you can see in the bins, it would appear that recycling companies accept anything containing even small amounts of metal, such as computers, appliances, TVs, etc. However, it isn`t logical that everything that gets thrown into the bins meets the recycling centers definition of recyclable metal. It seems that some people use it almost like a garbage bin. Trying searching for specific guidelines on what can and cannot be placed in the metal bin, so that you will be able to increase some of the items that you take there.
Although the 3R rules are known all over the world, however, not everyone actually follows it.