The History of Recycling


From Precious Metals to Carbide Recycling

Although it may seem that recycling is a modern concept born from the minds of 70’s activists, it is actually a practice that’s been around for thousands of years. In pre-industrial times, scrap made of bronze and other precious metals was collected in Europe and melted down for perpetual reuse. The World Wars caused resource shortages and therefore encouraged recycling. In 1973, Berkeley, California began one of the first curbside collection programs – recycling newspapers from residences. The rubber from used tires has even been utilized in recent years, as a material for football and other fields. The rubber is placed in the artificial turf and helps to cushion the impact athletes have with the ground. In today’s day and age, other things are being recycled too, including metals such as high speed metals and scrap tungsten carbide.

Machine Tool Recyclers

At Machine Tool Recyclers, recycling is our prime objective. We buy scrap tungsten carbide for recycling and hss too. Call us at 630-964-5030 or click our name to visit our website.