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So... What does 20,000,000 lbs Look like?

Updated: Jun 24

At Comal Iron & Metals, our goal to recycle 20,000,000 pounds of metal by May 10th, 2025 is a significant undertaking. But just how much is 20,000,000 pounds? To put it into perspective, we’ve come up with some fun and interesting comparisons that help visualize this massive amount of metal. Let’s dive in!



1. 200 Blue Whales



The blue whale is the largest animal on the planet, weighing up to 100,000 pounds. If you can imagine 200 blue whales, that’s equivalent to 20,000,000 pounds. Picture these gentle giants swimming through the ocean – now imagine that weight being recycled metal instead!



2. 1,000 School Buses



A typical school bus weighs around 20,000 pounds. So, if you lined up 1,000 school buses end to end, you’d have the same weight as our recycling goal. That’s a long line of yellow buses, all contributing to a cleaner, greener environment.



3. 100 Statues of Liberty



The Statue of Liberty, a symbol of freedom and democracy, weighs approximately 200,000 pounds. Imagine 100 Statues of Liberty – that’s the amount of metal we aim to recycle. Picture these iconic monuments lined up along the horizon, each one representing a step towards sustainability.



4. 4 Eiffel Towers



The Eiffel Tower in Paris weighs about 5,000,000 pounds. Visualize four Eiffel Towers, and you’ve got 20,000,000 pounds of metal. This iconic structure symbolizes innovation and engineering, much like our efforts in recycling and sustainability.



5. 40 Boeing 747s



A fully loaded Boeing 747 weighs roughly 500,000 pounds. Envision 40 of these massive planes parked on a runway – that’s equivalent to our goal. Just as these aircraft transport people across the globe, our recycling efforts help transport us to a more sustainable future.



6. 10,000 Grand Pianos



A grand piano weighs about 2,000 pounds. Imagine a concert hall filled with 10,000 grand pianos – that’s the weight of the metal we’re aiming to recycle. Each piano produces beautiful music, just as our recycling efforts create a harmonious balance with nature.



 

Why It Matters


These comparisons might be fun and interesting, but the importance of recycling 20,000,000 pounds of metal goes beyond these visualizations. Recycling metal reduces the need for mining, conserves natural resources, and significantly lowers energy consumption. It helps decrease pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to a healthier planet.


By putting 20,000,000 pounds of metal back into the cycle, we’re not only reducing waste but also promoting a sustainable circular economy. Every piece of metal recycled at Comal Iron & Metals is a step towards a greener future.


We invite you to join us in this mission. Bring your scrap metal to our facility, track your contributions with our Anniversary Punchcard, and be part of something big. Together, we can achieve our goal and make a lasting impact on our environment.


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