Wednesday, September 25, 2013

How long does it take for an aluminum can to decompose?

We talk a lot about recycling. The benefits to the environment, items you can recycle, items you can reuse and much more. Although this is important conversation, it’s shocking to hear the how long it takes these items to decompose when you don’t recycle. 
It’s shocking when you hear how long aluminum can will sit in a landfill. It’s shocking to hear how much goes into landfills each year in the United States. There are items thrown into landfills every single day that could be recycled. Often times all it takes is for people to start thinking outside the blue box. 
For the next few posts we’re going to discuss common recyclable items and how long it takes for them to break down when we decide to ditch the blue bin. We’ll start with a well-known item that most probably thinks of first when they hear the word recycle. The Aluminum can. 
You may already know that if recycled, aluminum cans will be back on the shelf within 60 days. You may not know that if not recycled, aluminum cans will sit in a landfill for 500 years before it oxidizes. Imagine if that can had been recycled how many times it could have been used and the amount of virgin resources that could’ve been saved. 
Fast Facts on Aluminum:
  1. It is infinitely recyclable.
  2. It is back on the shelf within 60 days
  3. Making new aluminum cans from used cans takes 95 percent less energy than using virgin materials
  4. Twenty recycled cans can be made with the energy needed to produce one can using virgin ore
  5. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to keep a 100-watt bulb burning for almost four hours or run your       television for three hours.
So next time you consider tossing that aluminum can into the trash, consider these facts and think of how much needed landfill space, energy and materials you’ll be saving by taking a few extra steps to recycle.
Metro Recycling is dedicated to providing quality service while helping maintain a sustainable environment. For more information on our locations, hours and other acceptable recyclables visit our website,
Metro Recycling will accept and pay for your aluminum cans. Print off this coupon and bring it on your next visit to one of our facilities for 5 cents more per pound on aluminum cans. Taking care of the environment is everyone's responsibility. Do your part today. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Metro Recycling Celebrates 25 Years

In 1988, Metro Recycling opened its doors in Blue Island, Illinois with the goal of providing services that would not only impact the environment, but offer a valuable service to the community. Now twenty-five years later, Metro Recycling is a leader in the scrap metal recycling industry with three locations in Northwest Indiana and Illinois, and a growing presence throughout the state.
"Celebrating 25 years of service is an important milestone for our company," said Neil Samahon, CEO of Metro Recycling. "It's exciting, and we're proud of the accomplishments we've achieved over the years. However, we're even more proud to have been a community partner and a resource for the communities in which we serve."
Today, Metro Recycling has locations in Blue Island, IL., and in Valparaiso and Griffith, IN. The company has grown in terms of what recyclable materials it can accept. Each recycling center has different features and abilities in terms of processing materials; and, all three offer consumers guidelines and tips to follow in terms of recyclable items.
Metro Recycling has been working to lessen local communities' impact on the world by making scrap metal and similar products, easier and profitable for the consumer. The company's commitment goes beyond the confounds of physical locations, as Metro strives to help the community through educational workshops, competitive pricing, scrap theft prevention, and showcasing proper recycling etiquette.
"We believe that taking care of the environment involves the whole community," said LaRae Dykstra, Marketing Coordinator for Metro Recycling. "As a community it is important to be educated on proper recycling and scrap theft prevention, that is why we offer classroom talks and recycling guidelines."
After 25 years, Metro Recycling is still striving to be part of the solution for scrap theft and environmental pollution. Metro's strong commitment to consumers' needs and the environment continues to be evident in every aspect of the business. Supporting Opportunity Enterprises, local events, classroom education and more are just the stepping-stones to a sustainable future and Metro Recycling is proud to be a champion for the environment.
For more information on Metro Recycling, services, guidelines and community outreach opportunities, visit

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Recycling Education Presentations

Metro Recycling recognizes the importance of educating the next generation about recycling and the impact it has on the environment. As the 2013-2014 school year begins, Metro Recycling is offering educational presentations for classrooms of all ages throughout the region to promote recycling for everyone. The presentations are designed to be both a fun and educational learning experience for students. 
“We’re excited to be in a position to work with schools throughout our region,” said LaRae Dykstra, Marketing Coordinator for Metro Recycling. “Each recycling presentation is age specific, and we use interactive games, questions, and photos to engage students. We want them to be excited about recycling and eager to learn.” 
Metro Recycling strives to promote a sustainable community by increasing awareness about what materials can be recycled. The presentations focus on the materials that can be recycled and the impact recycling has on the world around us. Metro Recycling uses educational materials, including the Metro Recycling Children’s Activity book, along with the company mascot, Scrappy the Turtle, to help engage children and make learning exciting. 
Each visit isn’t complete without a visit from Scrappy the Turtle. Scrappy presents the students with their own Metro Recycling Activity book as well as an informational brochure for their parents.  “The best part is seeing the students faces light up when Scrappy walks into the room,” Dykstra said. “He really gets the children excited and engaged.” 
Since 1988 Metro Recycling has been committed to the environment. The three locations in Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana believe that taking care of the environment involves the whole community. Metro Recycling presentations are designed to educate all community members on the importance and ease of recycling. 

For more information on Metro Recycling and presentations,