Everything has metal in it, from the technologies you use to the house you live in.

That said, have you ever considered where all that metal ends up when it stops being useful? What should you do with metal when it is no longer or beneficial to keep around? E-waste recycling is crucial to keeping aluminum and other materials out of the environment, where they don’t belong.

What to Know About Aluminum

Aluminum is a metallic element that is the most common metal on the planet. It is among the lightest metals and is exceptionally strong. This makes aluminum incredibly versatile. Aluminum is even rust-proof due to the incredibly thin but highly durable protective film covering its exterior. 

It is not magnetic, but it is a good conductor of electricity and can be alloyed with almost any other metal.  It can be stretched, twisted, and flattened. Aluminum does not burn up and is non-toxic, unlike polymers.

Without aluminum, industrial infrastructure, automobile, aerospace, power, food, and other sectors would be unthinkable. Furthermore, aluminum has become a mark of development, as it is used in all splitting equipment and automobiles.

Close-up of computer interior showing aluminum components

Is Aluminum Safe and Eco-Friendly?

Aluminum, unlike other metals, has a long lifespan and takes several years to reach the end of its life cycle. Even still, metal is not particularly eco-friendly. If the metal is not managed, it can affect marine and land organisms both.

The metal isn’t derived from natural sources and is synthesized using bauxite, another element. As a result, the process of breaking it down is complicated and environmentally harmful. 

The aluminum foil that is used to cover food is non-biodegradable. The same is true of aluminum used for soda or soft drink cans. This means it can survive for a long time in the environment. 

In fact, aluminum can take 400-800 years to decay and disintegrate into soil. The longer it remains in the ecosystem, the more damage it does to the living organisms. As a result, aluminum is not as safe as it is thought to be.

Disposal of Aluminum

So, how should you dispose of scrap aluminum in a safe and environmentally friendly manner?

One of the most important facts about e-waste worth being mindful of is how much of it exists. A massive amount of electronic garbage is generated yearly. As a result, governments all over the world are trying to reign in their e-waste output. Nevertheless, the proportion of electronic scrap containing non-ferrous metals, especially copper and aluminum, continues to increase steadily.

Because aluminum accumulates in plants and animals, it eventually makes its way into the food chain and eventually into humans. All this can have major environmental repercussions. 

Luckily, Newtech Recycling has the infrastructure, apparatus, and expertise required to properly dispose of e-waste. During our recycling process, environmental contaminants are isolated while reusable materials are recovered.

Interested in learning more about how Newtech Recycling can help you get rid of your old and unwanted electronics devices? Call us now!

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