Scrap metal can come from various sources, including construction sites, automotive repair, demolition projects, and household waste.
Scrap metal is categorised into two main types: ferrous and non-ferrous.
- Ferrous scrap metal contains iron and is magnetic e.g. old appliances (refrigerators and washing machines), structural steel, machinery, and automotive parts. This type of scrap metal is often recycled to produce new steel products.
- Non-ferrous scrap metal does not contain iron and is typically not magnetic e.g. aluminium, copper, brass, lead, zinc, and various alloys. Non-ferrous scrap metals are highly valuable and are often recycled to conserve resources and reduce energy consumption.
Scrap metal recycling offers several benefits:
- Energy savings: Recycling scrap metal requires less energy compared to producing new metal from raw materials. This leads to reduced greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.
- Waste reduction: Recycling scrap metal diverts materials from landfills, contributing to waste reduction and minimising environmental impact.
- Economic value: Scrap metal recycling is an important economic activity. The sale of scrap metal can provide revenue for individuals, businesses and recycling facilities.
- Job creation: The recycling industry, including scrap metal recycling, creates jobs in collection, processing, and manufacturing.
- Reduced carbon footprint: Recycling scrap metal reduces carbon emissions associated with traditional metal production processes.
- Environmental protection: Proper recycling and disposal of scrap metal help prevent soil and water contamination from hazardous materials that may be present in some metal components.
To recycle scrap metal effectively, it’s important to separate different types of metals to ensure proper processing. At Entrec, we accept various types of scrap metal and offer competitive prices.
Recycling scrap metal contributes to a more sustainable and environmentally responsible approach to resource management.