CMI & The Environment

CMI believes that recycling is an important way to help the environment by diverting reusable materials from landfills. All kinds of items in your household and work environment can be recycled. Recycling also saves energy as it takes less energy to recycle metals than it does to source new metals.

At CMI, scrap metal isn’t a waste item; it’s a valuable source of reusable material that can be used to make new products over and over again. CMI Public Yards will pay you for your metal recyclables.

Don’t Throw Away, We Will Pay!

Recycling Saves An Impressive Amount Of Energy*

Combined metal Industries - scrap metal recycling

*Stats provided by Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries 2013

Find Out More About How Scrap Metal Is Recycled
How Household Appliances Are Recycled
Appliances Recycling
  • Old household appliances are dropped off at a CMI public yards and processed.
  • The appliances will go through a large machine know as a shredder. The shredder crushes and tears apart the appliances into fist sized chucks of mixed materials.
  • The mixed materials travel over a conveyor belt that uses magnets to pull out all the steel. Once all the steel is removed the remaining material will go through an Eddy Current Separator that uses powerful magnetic fields to separate non-ferrous (non- steel) metals from the waste material; such as copper or brass.
  • The clean metal materials are sent to a smelter or refiner that metals down the items.
  • Manufactures use the recycled metal to make new appliances, cars and infrastructure.
  • Recycling Steel requires 60% less energy than producing steel from new raw materials.
How Copper Scraps Are Recycled
Copper Scraps
  • Electrical cables & copper pipes are collected and dropped off at a CMI public yards.
  • The copper scraps are sorted and processed by quality before they are shipped to a refiner or smelter.
  • The copper scraps are then melted down and formed into ingots or other manageable forms for further manufacturing processes.
  • A manufacturer uses the newly formed copper to produce new products.
  • Recycling copper requires 90% less energy than producing copper from new raw materials.
How Pop Cans Are Recycled
Pop Can Recycling
  • Pop cans are collected and dropped off at a CMI public yards.
  • The pop cans are collected and taken to a treatment plant.
  • In the treatment plant the aluminum is sorted and cleaned.
  • It then goes through a re-melt process and turns into molten aluminum, this removes the coatings and inks that may be present on the aluminum.
  • The aluminum is then made into large blocks called ingots.
  • The ingots are then sent to mills where they are flattened and rolled out, this gives the aluminum greater flexibility and strength.
  • The aluminum sheets are then made into aluminum products such as cans, chocolate wrappers and tin foil.
  • A used aluminum can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf in as little as 60 days.
  • Recycling aluminum requires 95% less energy than producing aluminum from new raw materials.