The benefits of recycling

A pile of cans recycled by Sims Metal Management

Metals and many other materials can be recycled and used again indefinitely, meaning that we protect and preserve some of nature's finite resources, decrease energy and water use, lower dangerous levels of carbon emissions and help reduce ever-growing levels of waste generation.

Sims Metal Management recycles a variety of materials including:

  • All common metal-based products metal, such as cars, aluminium cans, steel beams and fridges
  • Electronics and IT equipment containing both metals and plastics, including computers, televisions, mobile phones, iPods and gaming consoles.
  • Large metal-based items, such as submarines and airplanes.
  • Curbside materials for municipalities such as New York City and Chicago.

Recycling is one of the most significant things we can do to help our environment. Using recycled products instead of virgin materials during manufacturing dramatically reduces pollution and carbon emissions, reduces energy and water consumption, and frees up much-needed space for necessary landfill.  In addition, the threat of global warming highlights just how important the benefits of recycling can be for the entire planet. With global warming directly linked to the amount of carbon in the atmosphere, it is important that we act immediately to reduce these emissions. The following examples show the impact that recycling can have:

  • By using a tonne of recycled steel rather than primary iron ore, carbon emissions are reduced by 2.1 tonnes.
  • When one tonne of aluminium is recycled, carbon emissions are reduced by a staggering 7.9 tonnes.
  • For every tonne of computers recycled, carbon emissions reduced by approximately four tonnes.
  • Sims Metal Management has recycled more than 1 million cars, which, if laid out end-to-end, would stretch from Rome to Bangkok.
  • The appliances and fridges we recycled would stretch from Sydney to Amsterdam and across the ocean to New York.

At Sims Metal Management, we intend to "keep doing well by doing good." We started as a small recycling company in Sydney in 1917, and, over the past nearly 100 years, we have grown to become the world's leading recycling company. We are committed to investing in new technologies and market development. We are good at what we do and intend to keep doing it for a very long time to come.