Recycling metal scrap is the way towards greener environment
The Statesman , May 21, 2019
Taking a breath in a green environment is every human beingís basic right. Human race canít survive in a polluted environment. The air that goes in our lungs, the water that we drink and the food that we eat should be pure and fresh or else we will not be able to hold our lifespan. The rise in global temperature is continuously leading to an increase in sea levels and many coastlines are going underwater. There is a dire need to take conscious efforts towards this direction or else the face of the earth could be dangerous in the coming time.
Lack of Awareness regarding, recycling metal scrap
Indian cities are one of the most polluted in the world. This is a reason to be worried about, but what is more worrying is that a lot of Indian households and businesses that are determined to fight pollution and environmental degradation do a very small exercise of recycling of what can be recycled. Most of us are aware that paper and plastic can be recycled and the benefits of recycling are very much known to a whole lot of Indians. Our children are taught to conserve resources. Besides, the countryís government runs campaigns to encourage citizens to recycle, however far more than can be recycled is recycled.
Metal recycling awareness, unlike plastic and paper, is low in India. Nevertheless, the recycling of metals has as important to improve the environment as recycling paper, plastic and other commonly recycled materials.
Advantages of recycling metal scrap
We extract all metals from the Earth. This process is intense when it comes to energy and resources. Millions of workers are employed in mining metals and in their processing. Constant mining and processing of metals will end in augmented pollution and damage to the environment due to emission.
The better process is recycling discarded metals. The wasteful and spendthrift process of mining and processing metals will become disused when metals are recycled. Apart from that recycling will reduce the burden of landfills have reduced. Above all, when metal is dumped in landfills it is a complete waste resource because itís as an ore extracted from the Earth, itís processing by workers, and its reshaping into a useful product are annulled. When the resource which passed through a refined yet uneconomical process that changed it into something of use to society is unwanted, it renders all the capital and labour used to manufacture it an utter waste.
This process of recycling of the metal is also good for savings that benefit society. The products that are made of recycled metals are priced reasonably. This will not only lead to encouraging the practice of recycling metals but will also lead to further lowering of manufacturing costs and enrichment of the environment.
What Happens when metals are recycled?
Recycling metal helps in preserving natural resources including water and energy, particularly in India. As of now, the consumption of metal scrap in India every year is 20.4 million tonnes and we import nearly a third as much from countries like the US, UK, and Japan. Only 20 per cent of metal is recycled out of the metal that is produced and used in our country. The consequence of this is that we end up wasting a significant amount of natural resources. According to data released by FICCI, recycling of ferrous metal in India can lower emissions by a whopping 59% which is an impressive fact.
Likewise, as per FICCI, the recycling of steel waste, can lower water pollution by 76% and trim down pollutants in the air by 86%. Unmistakably the payback of recycling metal scrap is plain to see.