However, there are more useful ways to utilize extra materials. They can be Transmuted or Condensed for items of higher value, or used to create Scrap with a Recycler for use in a Mass Fabricator. Scrap can also be used to make Fertilizer in the IC2 Farming Section. Although it is true that you can Condense and Recycle items, if an item has no EMC value and you dont have a sufficent source of EU this can be useful. It's main use is preventing overflow (in combination with an advanced insertion pipe) when using BuildCraft pipes without creating extra network lag. However, if you are using Redpower pipes, this is not a really a necessary item.