How Is Metal Recycled And Scrapped?

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How Many Times Can Metal Be Reused?

Did you know metals can be repeatedly recycled without losing or altering their original properties? The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) say steel is the most recycled material on the planet with aluminium, copper, silver, brass and gold following closely behind. The question is, why do we recycle metals? Well, metal is incredibly valuable. A big motivation for people to recycle is its ability to retain its own properties even after multiple recycling processes.

Does Recycled Metal Lose Value?

This means that no matter how many times it’s recycled, it’s as good as the day it was pulled from the ground. Not only does recycling metal offer environmental benefits, lessening the burden on ‘virgin resources’ but there are some serious financial incentives too. Why buy brand new when you could buy scrap metal for a much lower price?

There’s no difference apart from price? It makes perfect sense right? Let’s not forget the reduction of your companies carbon footprint and a subsequent ‘green’ badge and it’s a no-brainer. The question is, how is metal recycled and scrapped?

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How Is Metal Recycled?

According to the Health and Safety Executive, “Depending on the nature of the source material, there are a plethora of sorting and processing activities utilised that range from labour intensive hand picking operations through to highly mechanised or technically complex processes. The chosen method of sorting will depend on many factors such as the nature of the waste, the ease of segregation and the yield and quality of the resultant recyclates.”

Ferrous VS Non-Ferrous Metals

With over 400 million tonnes of metal recycled every year, it’s obvious that it’s no mean feat. When recycled, metals are divided into two separate groups. These are ferrous and non-ferrous. Ferrous metals are more commonly cast iron, mild steel and medium carbon steel. They’re usually found in fridges, cookers and cars. Non-ferrous metals mostly contain iron and are magnetic.

They’re often easily corroded too; think aluminium, lead, tin, copper etc. Both of these types of metals can be recycled and both have very different values, strengths and of course weaknesses. It’s important to remember however, that every metal is different and needs to be recycled in its own unique way. Tin cans for instance must be ‘de-tinned’ before the steel and tin can be recycled.

This means removing the outer layer of tin, which makes up 5% of the actual can before the rest can be recycled in a dedicated recycling centre. Aluminium, copper – they all have their own processes that they need to go through in order to be recycled into something different, or repurposed for something else entirely.

Which Metals Are Recycled/Scrapped Most In The UK?

Statistics on UK Waste show that in 2015 we recycled 43.5% of the UK’s municipal waste alone. The majority of the recycling undertaken was by statutory authorities however, a great deal of companies, not necessarily under such jurisdiction, are jumping on board and helping the UK.

Putting the UK on its way to hit EU targets (perhaps not of great importance anymore) of at least 50% of all household waste by 2020 and they’re doing so by recycling every possible ounce of metal. In the UK, iron and steel are making up the majority of metal being recycled from industry specifically. 2016 so far has held the highest record with 68.7% of metal being recycled.

Recycling And Scrapping Metal With Mackers Skip Hire

Recycling and scrapping metal is fast becoming a must do for every company. From the environmental benefits to the financial benefits; everyone wants a piece of the action. One of the best ways to encourage everyone to jump on board the recycling train is to make it as easy as possible and that’s exactly what the likes of Mackers Skip Hire do on a daily basis.

Mackers take great pride in specialising in the recycling of scrap metals. In fact, they’ve become known for doing precisely that over the years and have become one of the leading scrap metal yards in Essex. Providing services to the likes of Basildon, Brentwood and the entire county of Essex as well as East London, Mackers offer a professional and reliable service.

Having run for years, Mackers have grown considerably and now boast the equipment and facilities, along with the necessary personnel to handle any amount of metal you may want to recycle; from a single lot of copper to a 50-tonne consignment.

Get In Contact With Mackers Today!

If you’d like more information on Mackers Scrap Metal services in Basildon, Essex and East London, simply contact them today on 01268 418533. Mackers are on hand at all times to offer the most competitive pricing and scrap metal services that are second to none.

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