Farm Guide VIC : 2014-15
72 Recycling It is impossible to determine how many millions of tonnes of scrap metal are simply rusting away in the paddocks of Australian farms today. Sadly it is a resource that could be turned into cash for the farmer as well as new products, employment and exports for Australia. The problem of hoarding scrap metal is not just the domain of the farmer. Manufacturing and fabrication facilities also stockpile their junk into stacks and mounds at the rear of their properties where it also sits for years and simply rusts away. The solution is simple. If you want to make some real money - get in touch with a recycling centre that will dispatch the required equipment to clear the lot up for you. They will weigh it on site and clear up the last nail and bolt. You will be paid fair market prices. Obviously there are economies of scale - if you only have a trailer or small truck load - you should simply collect it and take it to your nearest recycling facility. But, if you have a semi load of scrap or more, as many Australian farms and factories do, a recycler will bring out the machinery to clean it up for you. They have the equipment to do the right job, excavators with specialist grabs and magnets, trucks of all sizes and most importantly, safety procedures and practices to keep you, your family and property safe. Why it makes sense to recycle your scrap Recycling scrap steel matters. Remelting scrap steel to produce new steel products significantly reduces the burden on landfills by removing scrap metals from the waste streams. It also dramatically reduces our dependency on natural resources. Producing new steel by remelting scrap steel uses significantly less energy that initially required during original production processes which in turn reduces the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. By recycling - you; • Contribute to a more sustainable environment • Maintain a safe farm, yard or workplace by removing the hazards of unwanted scrap • Reduce land fill • Support jobs for Victoria • You get paid for it! Article kindly provided by Onesteel Recycling.