Scrap Metal Demolition: What You Need to Know

As industrial demolition contractors demolishing a site or structure is only half of the job. The other half of an industrial demolition which is just as, if not more important is the recycling or reuse of as much of the demolished materials as possible. In today’s eco-revolution, more contractors are opting to perform green deconstructions, including scrap metal. The EPA regulates scrap metal demolition because of its potential to be dangerous.
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What Can Make Scrap Metal Demolition More Dangerous Than Other Types of Demolitions?

  1. Potential for Fire: from the shears and burning torches used to cut apart metal pieces
  2. Toxic Dust: from the improper processing of metals. This toxic dust can potentially harm nearby ecosystems.
  3. Radioactive Exposure: one of the most dangerous aspects of scrap metal demolition is radioactive exposure.

Benefits of Scrap Metal Demolition:

  1. Reduced demand: scrap metal has valuable minerals in them, such as nickel and chromium. By  recycling scrap metal, you can help reduce the demand for raw materials and the energy required to refine them.
  2. Cost Efficient: as mentioned before, the metal salvaged during a green demolition, reduces disposal fees. If there’s metal that your business can’t reuse, you can sell it or make a tax-deductible contribution to a non-profit building supply company.
  3. Green Friendly: A green demolition could qualify your project for LEED points or a related certification.

To avoid the potential hazards of a scrap metal demolition, business owners should carefully research their scrap metal recycling demolition contractors. At Rhino Demo, we carefully prepare and plan for all scrap metal demolitions. We pride ourselves on our impeccable safety record, as well as our Green/LEED practices (96% average recycle rate of all industrial demolition related materials), making Rhino Demo the practical choice for all your demolition needs.