Impact.

The way we get our materials is complex and changing fast. With the right tools, the circular economy can be the dominant generator of the commodities we need to build and power our homes, appliances, cars, etc., all while protecting our earth. GreenSpark is here to contribute to the growth and modernization of the scrap industry, thereby reducing the need for mining and working towards sustainable material sourcing.

A mining valley

The metals and mining sector is among the world’s largest
producers of waste, accounting for 10 billion tons of waste
a year. In the United States, it accounts for 1% of the country’s
total water withdrawals.

As an example, producing one ton of copper generates ~110
tons of waste ore and ~200 tons of overburden.

It’s abundantly clear that the massive water and energy needs and the enormous waste outputs of the mining industry present room for a clean alternative.

Enter the scrap recycling industry. Far more energy-and waste-efficient than mining virgin metal, the scrap industry is critical to the economy, a key player in the climate fight.

For example, recovering gold, copper, and other metals from discarded electronics is 13 times cheaper than mining for virgin equivalents. Learn more here.

Metal scraps
Metal scraps

The scrap industry can repurpose materials from
a variety of sources anywhere from construction
and demolition to manufacturing to appliances,
cars, wires and electronics, etc.

The need for raw materials continues to grow
exponentially as globally, we’re seeing accelerated
urbanization coupled with ever-more expensive and
risky international supply chains, and building
intermediate and final goods from recycled materials proves to be the most viable and affordable option.

But the scrap industry deserves better modern technology.

Using GreenSpark, scrap yards can improve their operational efficiency by having better access to real-time data and minimizing the logistical challenges associated with buying, regrading and repackaging, and selling materials.

GreenSpark makes it easier for yards to stay agile in managing their materials, customer relationships, and people, so that they can develop and scale their businesses and continue to grow the circular economy with them.

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