As the largest state and a world economic powerhouse, California industry and consumers generate vast quantities of scrap metal every single day, and millions of tons per year – including more than 1.5 million cars and other vehicles each year that have outlived their useful life.
The state’s 50-year-old metal-recycling industry safely processes the overwhelming share of this scrap metal, using a variety of safe and environmentally responsible technologies, including metal shredding and metal separation and removal techniques.
Without the metal-recycling industry, our cities, towns and countryside would be overwhelmed with metal cast-offs. This would be a particularly telling problem in low-income and minority neighborhoods, which already endure more than their share of unwanted items and cast-offs. And if metal-recycling facilities were unable to operate in a sustainable manner, achievement of the state’s environmental and recycling goals also would be severely compromised.The Case for Metal Recycling.
Read what two former
Secretaries of the California
Environmental Protection Agency
have to say about this situation.
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