Category Archives: Metal Recycling

Where Do Metals Go After The Recycling Process?

While the recycling industry churns away, and more scrap metal gets recycled every year, there’s much that happens once the recycled metal is ready to be used again. The fact is, old vehicles, old appliances, and industrial waste all contribute to new sources of recycled metal. These materials are practically as good as virgin metal because none of the physical properties are compromised in the recycling process. The good news is that world demand for recycled metal is ever growing.

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For A Small Business Owner, Metal Recycling Can Pay Dividends

Today, being an environmentally conscious business is important to practically everyone in the supply chain. Clearly, it’s a way of contributing to a better environment, but it’s also very good for business. In short, going “green” with metal recycling is a win/win situation. When done right, the payoff makes all the effort well worthwhile. For some businesses, this can be more than just collecting odds and ends of scrap metal for pickup at the end of the week. Continue reading

Worldwide Demand For Recycled Metals On The Rise In 2017

Worldwide, industry statistics show that stockpiles of metal ores are reducing in volume. As such, the metal recycling market is being challenged with greater demand. And to replenish shrinking stockpiles of metal, the market is relying more and more on the recovery of scrap metals from end-of-life products. Reusing recycled metals as raw material for new products is fast becoming the norm. It’s a win-win scenario – raw resources are being conserved; energy is being saved; and overall pollution levels are being reduced. Continue reading

The Ups And Downs Of Scrap Steel

Like all market driven metals, scrap steel prices also have ups and downs, based on the supply and demand dynamics of the day, and of course, worldwide influences. At some times, the overall cost of collecting, processing and distributing scrap steel is greater than its value – it’s simply not worthwhile. At the same time, market forces work in the complete other direction, and make the value of scrap steel worth the investment. The thing is, ferrous metal recovery, processing, and recycling is capital-intensive and it affects the entire supply chain from end to end. Continue reading

The Difference Between Ferrous And Non-Ferrous Scrap Metals

This is one of the most frequent questions in the scrap metal industry, particularly for those who are serious collectors. And understanding the differences can have a considerable bearing on the buying and selling of scrap material. In simple terms, ferrous metals DO contain iron, and non-ferrous metals DO NOT. But it’s not easy to discern when simply inspecting a piece of metal. Continue reading

Four of the Most Popular Scrap Metals That Can Be Recycled

Most scrap metals are easy, practical, and profitable to recycle. And whether the scrap is collected domestically, or by scrap metal businesses, most of the scrap finds its way to a processing facility. The thing is, metal holds its value far better than the other recycled materials, like paper or glass. More than that, most metals can be recycled over and over again, without losing their integrity.  It’s therefore crucial that discarded metal be recycled wherever and whenever possible. It makes excellent economic sense, while having a positive effect on the environment. Effective recycling also diverts unnecessary waste from landfill sites, and forestalls the need to mine virgin ores. Continue reading

How to Choose the Right Company for Metal Recycling

Probably the biggest mistake when customers are choosing a scrap metal dealer is to focus only on the best price. And while this is certainly an important factor when it comes to making a living, there are other factors that should be given equal consideration. After all, choosing a scrap metal dealer is all about a business relationship, and hopefully a relationship that will grow in future. Continue reading

How to Teach Children About Metal Recycling

Simply from an eco-conscious perspective, metal recycling has implications for the whole family. And if it’s to be a family effort, it will naturally include the kids. Whatever the motivation behind recycling, parents should definitely pass on the commitment to their kids. Educating kids about metal recycling is just good education – there’s the idea of reducing garbage; there’s a personal sense of protecting the environment; and there’s a long-term vision for keeping the water and air clean. Overall, it’s a sense of responsibility that will set the stage for the next generation. Continue reading

Recycling Computers, Laptops, and Computer Parts. It’s Become More Important Today Than Ever!

To appreciate the importance of computer recycling, it’s important to understand the prevalence of computer usage throughout the world. In North America, it’s estimated that more than 75% of homes have at least one computer. Even more impressive is the fact that the majority of homes have more than one computer. Beyond this, statistics are showing that people are buying an incredible number of new computers every year. All things considered, there is a huge volume of computers, laptops, and computer accessories that are being disposed each year. Continue reading

The Life of an Aluminum Can

Comparable to a human life, aluminum can undergo a full-cycle of their own life story ─ eventually going back to where they came from before getting reborn and reused. Aluminum is a flexible metal and is one of the most recyclable material in the world; aluminum could be recycled and reused within 60 days. Aluminum cans are one of aluminum’s main usages, as they are used to hold various types of beverages worldwide. Since recycling aluminum uses 95% less energy than manufacturing new aluminum ores, recycling aluminum cans is an extremely important procedure. This article will breakdown the journey that aluminum can goes through from formation, to the end of its lifetime. Continue reading