Did You Know that Recycling Saves on Energy?

November 4th, 2014

The recycling industry is an essential player in environmental protection, resource conservation and sustainable expansion. Recycling saves remarkable amounts of energy which reduces greenhouse gas emissions. 10 lbs of aluminum cans reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 16 lbs, which is the energy equivalent of 7 gallons of gasoline.

An average bale of aluminum cans will weigh 1,100 lbs, reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 1,760 lbs.

USM Standards of Excellence

August 25th, 2014

USMe Electronics Recycling Current Certifications 2014RIOS
At USM we have always prided ourselves on providing the highest quality of recycling and product destruction services to our customers. Currently, USMe, our Electronic Assets Recycling Division, has been the only company in North America to hold AAA NAID, R2, ITAR, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications. This summer Universal Scrap Metals was awarded ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and RIOS certifications.

Why are these certifications important and what does it mean for our customers?
Being awarded these certifications guarantees the delivery of our company promise. Our mission is to ensure that all data and materials are destroyed to the department of defense standards. Secondly; to ensure that all material received is recycled responsibly up to our accrediting agencies’ standards.

USM is a Leading Processor of Off-Spec UBCs

July 14th, 2013

Although aluminum is the youngest of the nonferrous metals, it also holds the distinction of being the most widely used among them. Last year just over 3 million metric tons of aluminum was recycled in the United States.  Aluminum scrap has risen sharply during the past decade due largely to its tremendous energy savings compared with primary metal.

Aluminum beverage can recycling gets a lot of recognition across the country ranging from children collecting cans to help the environment; manufacturers recycling off spec and/or discarded items, and ending with consumers turning the scrap into new products.

USM continues to be a leading processor of off-spec UBCs (Used Beverage Cans) in the country. UBCs are processed at our Chicago facility, at USM Recycling in Alsip, Illinois and at USM Alumacycle in Georgetown, Kentucky.

Last year the U.S. recycled 1,762 million pounds of aluminum beverage cans. That translates to 60.9 billion cans collected during the year, which also represents an 8.9% increase in volume from the previous year.

2012 Successes

January 19th, 2013

2012 has been an exciting year, full of challenges and full of opportunities. Although this year had been tough in the recycling industry, for USM metal has been plentiful. Through hard work, dedication, and wise decisions made in the past we have been able to make strategic improvements to our company.  As a result, 2012 has been full of growth and change, setting the stage for the future while remaining competitive in the present.

We have excelled in many areas with a continuously growing list of accomplishments.  In 2012, we successfully integrated two business acquisitions, added four additional locations, expanded into other processing areas, brought major equipment online and started expansion at USM Recycling in Alsip.

Here is a review of a few of this year’s highlights:

  • In 2012 USM’s copper volume increased greater than 400%.  This was the result of the successful integration of Premier Metals Recycling, which helped us to be exceptionally competitive in copper.  From purchasing, processing and sales, we are now one of the leading copper processors in the country.
  • With the successful addition of a second shift, USM is processing metal 14 hours a day.  As a result we have processed more metal than ever before.
  • In a ferociously competitive scrap market where the lack of scrap has caused us to fight for every pound, the USM sales team shines.   Having grown to one of the largest sales teams in Chicago, we have secured many new accounts including some of the biggest in USM’s history.
  • USMe was born two years ago. For the electronics assets division, 2012 was the turning point, featuring a redesigned demanufacturing line, audit room, retail stores and a sales force developing accounts coast to coast.  With the successful integration of BLH Computers in Springfield, Decatur, Jacksonville and Taylorville, USMe now employees over 40 people and is quickly becoming a leader in responsible electronics recycling. In addition, our BLH Computers locations now have the infrastructure to service customers in need of recycling metal as well as electronic recyclables in Central Illinois.

2013 holds much promise.  Our new wire chopping line is in full production and our USM Recycling facility has begun expansion into a full retail steel processing yard…and this is only the beginning. With the hard work and dedication of our employees and continued partnerships with our clients, 2013 is set up to be our best year yet!