Sometimes sorting the trash can seem like just another chore imposed on us by the modern world. But scrap metal salvage is as old as metalworking itself, and has played a vital role in history. Learn more about the process throughout history.
A recycled giant
The Colossus of Rhodes was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This 33-metre high statue of the Sun-god Helios was built by the ancient Greeks, and was itself partly made from recycled goods; it had an iron skeleton and bronze plates that were re-forged from weapons left by a previous invading army.
Over the years recycling has become a hot topic in Parliament. The European Union currently has a target to cut domestic carbon emissions by DA (in comparison to levels recorded in 1990) by 2020; however, if the EU expects to meet the targets set forth by the Climate Change Act 2008, realistically a 25% reduction should be achieved. It's a long and tricky road, but studies conducted by the European Commission show that the plan is both technically and economically feasible.
There are a number of benefits with recycling metal, some of which you may know and some you may not. A lot of people will take the old metal to recycling plants as it is one way to make sure it does not end up on a landfill site, but what a lot of people may not know is that the scrap yard also is a very good place to take metal as they will pay you to take it.