In the United States, over 150 million tons of scrap materials are recycled which includes 85 million tons of iron and steel, 5.5 million tons of aluminum, 2 million tons of stainless steel, 1.8 million tons of copper, 1.2 million tons of lead and 420,000 tons of zinc. All of that makes the United States scrap metal industry worth 38 billion dollars, and the revenue from the United States’ scrap metal exports totaled 21 billion in 2014. Our Oregon demolition pros can help you learn more about the environmental and economic benefits of scrap metal recycling and how scrap metal recovery works.
Score from the experts at Killer Infographics
Visual Communication - 70%
Design - 80%
Content/Script - 90%
Usability - 85%
The header of this infographic begins to work at visually showing the topic: recycling metal. This theme continues in icons throughout the design. The design also employs some data visualization to relay stats; while some of these work fairly well, be careful with data visualization that uses the size of objects to denote amounts. The weights under "Conserve Resources" are a good example of how this can be misleading, since the 1,400 lbs. weight should be over 10x larger than the 120 lbs. weight to be accurate. A bar graph could've shown this a bit more clearly. The quantagram in "Create Jobs" also selects only about 10,000 workers by way of the scale (1 worker seems to be about 10,000 jobs in order to represent a total of 471,587), but denotes it as much more. However, the content in this infographic is strong, and the layout is intuitive; the color scheme stays pretty consistent as well. In all we'd give this a B.