Scrap Metal

Did you know? The United States annually recycles enough copper to provide the copper content for 25,000 Statues of Liberty.[1]

Scrap metal, being the hot commodity that it is these days, is highly sought after and the scrap metal industry is booming in America right now. In fact, metal recycling generated over $64 billion to the United States in 2010.[2]

Once again demonstrating that it truly pays to go green, LIU Post ensures that all of its scrap metal gets recycled. In FY2012, LIU Post recycled 46,654 pounds of scrap metal, which included both ferrous and nonferrous metals.

Ferrous metals are mainly composed of iron such as steel, which is by far the most-recycled material in the world.[3] On the other hand, non-ferrous metals include aluminum, copper, lead, zinc, nickel, titanium, cobalt, chromium and precious metals.[4]

Due to ongoing repairs and renovations, LIU Post generates a significant amount of metal. In FY2012, this metal consisted of 41,660 pounds of assorted scrap and 4,994 pounds of more valuable metals like copper, aluminum and lead.

Presently, LIU Post works with A.R.C. Metal Recycling, a division of Allocco Recycling to recycle all of its scrap metal. Based out of Brooklyn, New York, A.R.C. Metal Recycling ensures that 100% of the scrap metal that it collects will be recycled into new products.

Steel scrap, for example, is almost always recycled due to the many economic and environmental benefits associated with making new steel from scrap instead of virgin ores. In fact, the steel industry in North America has been recycling steel scrap for more than 150 years and needs scrap in order to produce new steel. This has ensured that all steel products contain anywhere from 25 percent up to 100 percent recycled content.[5]

With many metals being extracted from the Earth’s crust at incredibly high rates, the recycling of metals has never been more important. Not only is recycling metal the more practical option as metals can be recycled endlessly without losing their quality, but this is achieved without any expense to LIU Post.

Scrap metal is one material that should always be recycled and LIU Post works hard to make sure that none of it gets wasted on our campus.


[1] From the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) http://www.isri.org/

[3] From the Bureau of International Recycling http://www.bir.org/industry/ferrous-metals/

[4] From the Bureau of International Recycling http://www.bir.org/industry/non-ferrous-metals/

[5] According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/steel.htm

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