Since 1880, Joseph and Company has been recycling in one form or another. The impact of that recycling may not have been as well known a century ago, but we do know now how much it helps improve our environment and how it contributes to the sustainability of our future. We are proud to continue to be a part of the solution and glad that we can help you be a part of it too.
Here are just some of the ways recycling benefits the planet:
Almost 40% of the world’s steel production is made from scrap.
Of an estimated total of 700 million tonnes of aluminum produced since commercial manufacturing began in the 1880s, about 75% of this is still being used as secondary raw material today.
Recycling steel uses 75% less energy compared to creating steel from raw materials - enough to power 18 million homes!
CO2 emissions are reduced by 58% through the use of ferrous scrap.
Recycling copper saves up to 85% of the energy used in primary production.
The energy saved by recycling one tonne of aluminum is more than enough to power a household for a whole year (The average household uses about 10,000 kWh year).
Almost 40% of the world’s demand for copper is met using recycled material.
Recycling one tonne of steel saves 642 kWh of energy, 1.8 barrels (287 liters) of oil, 10.9 million BTU's of energy and 2.3 cubic meters of landfill space.
One tonne of recycled aluminum saves up to 8 tonnes of bauxite, 14,000 kWh of energy, 40 barrels (6300 liters) of oil, 238 million Btu's of energy and 7.6 cubic meters of landfill.
Recycling aluminum uses 95% less energy than producing aluminum using raw materials.
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a 100-watt bulb for almost four hours.
The aluminum drink can is the world's most recycled container - more than 63% of all cans are recycled worldwide.
By using copper scrap, we reduce CO2 emissions by 65%
Sustainability and consumption are often two words that have often found themselves paired together. We all have to adapt at one point or another, although industries like ours tend to have to adapt quicker, and sometimes instantly to the new laws and regulations...
This is where you come in.
Big or small, no matter the project, if waste is going to be produced, we should always think of the environment, the people around us and the earth's future. What we can do as a company, is help pass along tips and helpful guidelines, so we can build a better future for everyone around us.
We may have ties to the global market at Joseph & Company, but we are stong believers that our local community comes first. As our slogan "Recycling since 1880", instills a sense of pride in having been a part of the landscape of the developing town of Berlin and its Civic Centre. We are equally grateful for being able to live and grow from the industry and community that it has built and we want to help build and foster that community for years to come. Follow our blog to see what we get up to in our community and feel free to contact us if you feel you have a great initiative that would benefit from our support.