What is environmental stewardship

What Is Environmental Stewardship?

We at Gardner Metal Recycling take our commitment to environmental stewardship seriously. Recycling scrap metals is one of many things people and businesses can do to ensure that we are using the Earth’s resources efficiently and responsibly.

Not only is environmental stewardship great for the environment, but it’s also great for a company’s bottom line as well. Gardner Metal Recycling offers some of the most competitive pricing for scrap metal in the Austin, Texas area.

For over 60 years Gardner Metal Recycling has been recycling metal scrap for Austin and surrounding areas. The metal we recycle ends up in schools, cars, homes, businesses and libraries, to give just a few examples. Recycled metals are literally a huge part of what communities are made of.

Kinds of Environmental Stewardship

Environmental stewardship is about the choices that we as companies or individuals make, and how those choices impact the environment around us. There are many ways in which individuals and organizations can take part in environmental stewardship. Every little bit helps.

Proactive Environmental Stewardship

Proactive stewards are the boots-on-the-ground workers who take action when and where they are needed. You have probably seen photos of them cleaning up oil spills on beaches, or clearing debris from the ocean.

Proactive stewardship is very important, but not everyone has the time or ability to leave their jobs for weeks at a time to do this important work. Luckily, there are other ways to practice environmental stewardship.

Financial Environmental Stewardship

Financial environmental stewards either pledge their own money or fundraise for various environmental causes. They can either be private philanthropists, corporate entities, or government agencies. The money they raise goes toward funding proactive stewardship projects or ongoing conservation efforts and helping with various environmental disasters around the world.

Professional Environmental Stewardship

Career environmental stewards work every day to pressure politicians to pass environmentally friendly legislation, as well as guide industries toward more environmentally sustainable practices.

One of the easiest ways to get involved in protecting the environment is to start recycling scrap metal. Recycling scrap metal helps in many different ways, one of which is promoting environmental sustainability.

What Is Environmental Sustainability?

Environmental sustainability is making responsible decisions that keep our environment healthy in our work and personal lives. Environmental sustainability is doing what it takes to sustain life itself. We can’t survive without clean drinking water. We can’t survive without healthy soil for nutrient-rich food crops.

Doing your part can be planting trees or not using plastic bags that damage our oceans and the sea life in them. Using solar panels helps reduce natural resource consumption. A big part of environmental sustainability is conservation. That’s why it is so important to recycle scrap metal and ewaste.

At Gardner Metal Recycling we recycle copper, aluminum, steel, brass, iron and much more. When these materials are recycled they can be repurposed for another product and kept out of landfills.

How Does Metal Recycling Help?

Over 100,000,000 tons of metal is recycled every year in the U.S. This has a huge environmental impact in that it greatly reduces the need for mining virgin ore. Mining virgin ore is a very expensive process that uses excessive amounts of petroleum, manpower and releases massive amounts of carbon dioxide and other gasses into the atmosphere.

Recycling scrap metal is an indispensable facet of manufacturing. Gardner Metal Recycling is proud of our efforts to conserve our natural resources and to keep pollutants out of our community.

On a construction site, scrap metal can add up quickly. Often companies don’t have the time or equipment to properly handle the amount of scrap metal that accumulates. This is why Gardner Metal Recycling offers pickup services for all of your job site scrap metal.

What Is Sustainable Development?

Mrs. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway, once said that sustainable development is, “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Sustainable development is economic development that aims to deplete little to no natural resources. This is not possible without metal recycling. In manufacturing, sustainable development can mean a manufacturer using biodegradable components, recycled metals or a production method that uses less water. Recycled metal plays a part in many aspects of sustainable development and environmentalism as a whole.

Other methods of contributing to sustainable development include the use of solar panels and windmills. Crop rotation helps keep the soil fertile, reduces the need for insecticides that contaminate groundwater, increases biomass in the soil and helps fight erosion.

Sustainable development is something every person and business can contribute to. It’s a multifaceted approach to keeping economic growth safe for the environment and everyone in it.

If you are interested in seeing how you and your company can take part in environmental stewardship, or learn more about any of the recycling services we provide, contact us.