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Stacy Reed

Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day!

St Patrick's Day RecyclingGoing green is more than just a popular thing to do- it’s the right thing to do!  Although it may seem like a huge task, some small changes can make an impact on our environment. For beginners, it can be difficult to know where to start but there are lots of ways to “Go Green”, including recycling scrap metal. Below, we’ve listed some ideas and places to start.

Save Energy

Your biggest monthly bill is typically your gas and electric usage. However, there are many ways to cut costs and have a more positive influence on the environment. Start out by:

  • Invest in compact fluorescent light bulbs. These bulbs use less energy and typically last longer than regular light bulbs. You’ll definitely save money over time.
  • Try washing your clothes in cold water instead of hot. It will save you more money per load and laundry detergent works just as good. If you like using hot water, be sure to only wash full loads!
  • Plug your electronics into a power strip. When things are plugged in but not in use, they can still be sucking energy. You’ll easily be able to switch off the power to things that are not in use. Do this with the TV, chargers, the hair dryer, and anything else that doesn’t need constantly using energy.

Small changes like these will help you go green, saving both the environment and your money. These aren’t the only changes you can make to have a positive influence.


Recycling is also a great way to go green. There are many different things that you can recycle in your home or at work that can be easily incorporated into your daily routine.

  • Opt for electronic communications for your favorite magazines, newspapers and catalogs. Many publications now offer online subscriptions. This cuts down on the amount of paper being produced and helps to keep your house clutter free.
  • Did you know that metals can be recycled?  This includes aluminum cans, copper pipe, and much more. In addition, most paper, plastic and glass can be recycled. Having separate bins near the trash can for recyclables really comes in handy here.
  • For larger items that contain metal that can be recycled, bring them in to United Iron and Metal. We take all types of metals including your old junk car, metals from home remodels, and much more! We’ll make sure that your scrap is recycled properly and give you cash for it!

Need additional help? United Iron and Metal has created some helpful videos that will help you better educate you for your trips to the scrap yard.