Finding Materials for Recycling Industrial Aluminum

Aluminum cans and tin pieces in a pile to be recycledRecycling industrial aluminum helps preserve a metal that’s lightweight, corrosion-resistant and durable, but those benefits are just the beginning. From conserving energy to reducing material costs, recycling nonferrous metals like aluminum is a financial and environmental win-win — all you must do is identify where aluminum is hiding in your industry and send it to the right people for processing. ASM Recycling, Inc., welcomes reclaimed industrial aluminum from a variety of sources and helps give it new life.

The Value Of Aluminum In Recycling

The scrap recycling industry in the United States generates a staggering $110 billion or so in economic activity every year, and aluminum makes up a huge portion of that money. No matter how many times aluminum is broken down, remodeled, and reused, it won’t breakdown or lose its integrity. For that reason, aluminum has a never-ending life-cycle — it literally won’t wear out, even if it’s turned into a soda can once a year for the next several centuries.

Recycling aluminum pays dividends, too. One recycled aluminum can represent an energy savings equivalent to the amount it would take to listen to an entire album on an iPod. Throw that can away — and you’ve thrown away all its potential along with the resources used to produce it.

Building Materials

Though steel is often associated with construction, aluminum is a major component in building materials and fittings, such as windows and doors. Its ability to fend off rust makes it ideal for commercial and residential structures, including roofing and siding, that are designed for external use and need to withstand the elements for years to come. Low density combined with considerable strength also makes aluminum a great choice for contractors interested in stability without the difficulties that come with transporting and working with heavier, more cumbersome materials.


From cans of corn to rolls of foil, tons of packaging contain aluminum either on its own or paired with other tough materials. Aluminum is particularly favored for use in packaging because it’s non-toxic and won’t splinter or absorb colors or odors, keeping contents pristine and preventing spoilage that could put off consumers and hurt a food company’s image as well as their bottom line.

Wiring And Tubing

Dissect electrical transmission lines and you’ll find aluminum used far and wide. It’s a highly conductive metal, meaning it transports electricity with ease, while also being malleable, allowing manufacturers to shape it into coils, strips, and sheets as needed. Compared to copper, which is far heavier, aluminum offers the same conductivity at a far lesser cost. For all those reasons, it’s common to find motors, generators, capacitors, transformers, and commercial conductors all made with aluminum.


From automobiles to airplanes, trucks to train cars, and buses to boats, it’s hard to find a mode of transportation that doesn’t incorporate aluminum in some fashion. It’s the perfect application for a nonferrous metal that’s lightweight, strong and easy to work with yet still looks good and won’t cost a fortune. When you see a plane effortlessly taking to the sky or a train ably withstanding the rigors of tracks traveling over rocky terrain, you’re witnessing aluminum at work.

Machinery And Equipment

When you’re processing materials, constructing pipes, or making tools, the last thing you want to worry about is rust, fire, or fault mechanics. Aluminum machinery and equipment are strong yet easy to handle as well as stable and won’t corrode in a variety of environmental conditions and temperatures. All that adds up to affordable gear that handles well and stands up to wear and tear.

Learn More About Recycling Industrial Aluminum

Sign up to recycle your industrial aluminum and you’re doing your part to lower costs, conserve energy, and protect the environment. At ASM Recycling, Inc., we’ve made it our mission to help clients meet their goals while also supporting the many environmental benefits of recycling, delivering competitive pricing, and making it easier than ever to turn in scrap material. For more information on our services, contact us online or call today at 251-470-0765.