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Industrial Recycling Methods

Industrial Recycling – An Industrial With Many Advantages

The idea of recycling hazardous and non-hazardous materials was a result of businesses having to search for alternatives to landfills. For the past 3 decades recycling has grown into a large industry. At the outset, industrial recycling began as a means for many manufacturing companies to dispose of their by-products in accordance with safety and environmental compliance regulations. For those companies, transporting hazardous waste was expensive. Problems arose when landfills reached maximum capacities and could no longer accept enormous volumes of materials for disposal.

Dollars And “Sense” of Recycling

Most companies with large disposal problems realized much of their material waste could return a small profit if recycled properly. This is true of materials like copper, steel, aluminum, glass, wood, paper and by-products of plastics and precious metals. Today, industrial recycling takes places on a daily basis and has proven to be one of the most profitable means of recapturing industrial wastes for re-use. Now, even industrial water is reused after recycling. It makes perfect sense to save on the volume of raw materials purchased for production of goods, if a percentage of the by-products can be recycled instead. In some cases, the recycler will insure that by-products are recycled for easy return as part of the original production formula.

The How-To Of Industrial Recycling

Paper recycling requires several stages. It may first be soaked with chemicals, usually chlorine, to remove printing inks and color dyes, dried and used for a multitude of household and commercial products. Industrial recycling methods depend on the products to be recycled. Precious metals are the easiest to recycle without offsite transport and off-time production. It’s a matter of collection of dust from production processes and re-entering into initial stages of product manufacture. In some production processes, dust is sent to secondary recyclers who further refine or alter its properties for resale to a third party.

Other types of industrial recycling such as glass, rubber, metals and plastics are first crushed and depending on final use, may be recycled into pellets, powders, sheets or liquefied for addition to chemical processes. This is especially true of rubber which, when recycled is used for a broad number of products. It may be liquefied for use in road paving or various types of industrial products. Metals such as aluminum are recycled into sheets for many uses including household food wrap.