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Celebrating Sustainability: Our Goal to Recycle 20,000,000 lbs of Metal

Updated: Jun 24

At Comal Iron & Metals, we have a proud history of serving our community for 55 years. As a full-service metal recycling facility, we buy material by the pound and trailer load from both individuals and businesses. We believe in the power of recycling, not just as a business practice, but as a vital environmental responsibility.

To mark our 55th anniversary, we’ve set an ambitious goal: to recycle 20,000,000 lbs of metal by May 10th, 2025. This goal underscores our commitment to sustainability and our dedication to fostering a cleaner, healthier environment. You can track our progress on the thermometer on our legacy page, which updates regularly to show how close we are to reaching this milestone!

Understanding Metal Categories

Non-Ferrous Metals: Non-ferrous metals do not contain iron, making them more resistant to rust and corrosion. These metals are lightweight and non-magnetic, which makes them highly valuable for a variety of applications. Common non-ferrous metals include:

  • Aluminum: Found in beverage cans, window frames, and aircraft parts. Aluminum recycling saves up to 95% of the energy needed to produce new aluminum from raw materials.

  • Copper: Used in electrical wiring, plumbing, and electronics. Recycling copper reduces the need for mining, preserving natural landscapes.

  • Lead: Commonly found in batteries and protective shielding. Recycling lead reduces the environmental and health risks associated with lead production and disposal.

  • Brass: An alloy of copper and zinc, found in plumbing fixtures, musical instruments, and decorative items. Recycling brass helps preserve the copper and zinc used in its production.

Ferrous Metals: Ferrous metals contain iron, which makes them magnetic and prone to rust without proper treatment. These metals are known for their strength and durability. Common ferrous metals include:

  • Steel: Used in construction, automotive manufacturing, and appliances. Steel is one of the most recycled materials in the world, and recycling it saves about 60% of the energy required to produce new steel.

  • Cast Iron: Found in pipes, automotive parts, and cookware. Recycling cast iron reduces the need for mining and the energy-intensive processes involved in making new cast iron.

  • Wrought Iron: Common in fences, railings, and furniture. Recycling wrought iron preserves its decorative and structural qualities while conserving resources.

Shreddable Metals: Shreddable metals refer to materials that shredding machines can process for more efficient recycling. These often include a mix of ferrous and non-ferrous metals and can come from various sources:

  • Old Cars: Contain a mix of steel, aluminum, copper, and other metals. Shredding and recycling old cars help reduce landfill waste and recover valuable materials.

  • Industrial Equipment: Includes machinery and tools that are no longer in use. Recycling these items prevents the accumulation of industrial waste.

  • Large Appliances: Such as refrigerators, washing machines, and air conditioners. Shredding these items allows for the separation and recovery of different types of metals for recycling.


How You Can Help?

We invite both individuals and businesses to contribute to our recycling goal. Whether you have a few pounds of recyclable metal or an entire trailer load, bring it to Comal Iron & Metals. Your participation helps us reach our target and makes a positive impact on the environment.

If you’re unsure what materials we accept or how to prepare your scrap for recycling, our team is here to help. 

Set Your Own Recycling Goal!

This year, we’re excited to introduce a new tool to enhance your recycling efforts—our Anniversary Punchcard. Each visit you make to drop off metals helps fill your card. Complete your card and be entered to win a prize! New prizes are announced each month, so stay tuned!

Download your punchcard and start tracking your individual progress towards our collective goal. Every visit counts, and every filled punchcard brings you one step closer to winning exciting prizes. Join us in celebrating our 55th anniversary by making a tangible difference in our community and environment.

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