Maybe you shoot for fun on private land or maybe you run a shooting range in Las Vegas. In either case, you probably have plenty of bullet shell casings laying around at the end of the day. While they may be a hassle to clean up, they don’t have to end up in a landfill. What is the alternative?
Bullet casings may be offered for recycling. There is a significant market for used bullet shell casings. In fact, the United States Marine Corps offers some of their bullet shell casings to recyclers with tens to hundreds of thousands of pounds being offered to bidders at their Hawaii base alone. In 2009 they offered approximately 200,000 pounds and in 2011 they offered approximately 60,000 pounds - and that is just from 1 base!
So, what are recycled bullet shell casings used for? Many people use bullet shell casings to make jewelry. Recycled bullet shell casings are then reused for such purposes as jewelry making. That is correct - bullet shell casings are used in jewelry, often by individuals who sell them on the Internet. Recycled bullet shell casings are also used in the production of new bullets, so you the bullets you have shot may be made from recycled materials!
Where can you recycle your bullets? Chances are that your local recycler is not going to accept them through curbside pickup. Of course, you can take them right here to Re-New Recycling in Las Vegas and you will be paid on the spot!
Recycling bullet shell casings will keep plenty of unnecessary waste out of landfills and reduce the environmental consequences of firing ranges and bullets in general. Imagine if the US Marine Corps simply threw away all of it’s bullet shell casings - there would have been 200,000 extra pounds of waste disposed of in Hawaii alone in 1 year! By doing your small part and recycling, you can make your local environment just a little bit greener!