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Recycling in Manufacturing: Saving Internally and Externally

April 22nd, 2023
Mini-Hopper emptying into a large scrap hopper

This earth day, we want to talk about recycling scrap metal! Metal recycling is beneficial to the environment in many ways. First, recycling metal requires significantly less energy than extracting and refining new metal from ore. The energy saved by recycling can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the manufacturing process. In that same vein, utilizing scrap metal helps conserve natural resources as it reduced the need for expensive mining and extraction. This helps preserve natural habitats, protect biodiversity, and prevent potential environmental damage caused by mining. Secondly, it reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, which are another significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. Redirecting any waste that could end up in a landfill helps mitigate their negative impact. Lastly, it is a good way to promote sustainable manufacturing. Aside from the obvious cost savings, many consumers today place sustainability as a top criterion for their suppliers, and companies that don’t prioritize sustainable manufacturing can lose a competitive edge. For all of the reasons above; reducing carbon footprint, saving natural resources, and reducing environmental impacts, metal recycling is beneficial to both the environment and the manufacturer.

It is also beneficial when recycling scrap to keep your metals sorted. Not only does this allow for maximum reusability of the metals, but it can also save you money on your projects when you keep the scrap adequately sorted. Sorted metal can be melted down and recycled more efficiently, saving energy and processing costs. Most machine shops have a good system in place to keep metals sorted, and Wisconsin Metal Parts is no exception. After getting feedback from our CNC department, we decided that a mobile system requiring only one person to unload would work best. We worked closely with our fabrication department to design and build the Mini-Hoppers. These units function exactly like a large hopper, but can be picked up with a hand truck or forklift and emptied safely and quickly. These units are customized to fit under each machine to reduce spillage and for ease of access and removal. Regardless of the system you use in your shop, sorted scrap can not only benefit you as a company, but also the environment.

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