Collection, Processing, and Recycling of Scrap Metal in Toronto
When it comes to scrap metal recycling, it’s important to know which metals are in most demand and which are most valuable. Whether it’s residential or commercial, it’s also important to know where to take the scrap metal once collected.
In general, the most common scrap metals for recycling are copper, iron, aluminum, and brass. These are the most available metals, and the ones that scrap yards offer cash for. For the most part, reputable scrap yards collect and recycle responsibly.
What's considered scrap metal?
Whether you’re collecting scrap metal in Scarborough, or in the inner city, local scrap yards are interested in high-demand metals. Around the home, or in a business location, there are a number of scrap metals that will be most common and most profitable.
- copper wire/copper tubing
- sheet aluminum and cans
- light iron and cast iron
- electric motors/car parts
- plumbing/hardware brass
- end-of-life home appliances
A wide variety of other metals are scrapped daily, with some depending more on high volume and others depending on high weight. Either way, scrap metal recycling is very reliant on supply and demand dynamics, and local scrap yards usually go with that flow.
What is scrap metal recovery?
Scrap metal recovery involves the collection and processing of metal that is considered “end-of-life”. That includes everything from waste metal around the house and garden, to more substantial waste from manufacturing, industrial, and construction sources.
The idea, of course, is to re-introduce processed metal waste as raw material in order to produce new materials. Indeed, many metals can be processed and recycled repeatedly without any degradation. Recycling waste metal results in a lower carbon footprint. Scrap metal recovery is a major economic activity in North America, and with excellent environmental benefits. The two main categories of metal are ferrous metals (those that contain some amount of iron) and nonferrous metals (these contain no iron content).
What do scrap dealers do with the scrap?
Discarded metal, especially in large quantity, is the lifeblood of scrap yards and scrap dealers. From collection, to processing, to recycling, scrap dealers rely on waste metal from every source – residential scrap, manufacturing waste, and construction leftovers.
Whether it’s residential scrap metal in Mississauga, or high value copper wiring from a factory, scrap yards pay significant market prices for all types of metal waste. In addition to organized collection, many scrap dealers take things to the next processing step. The processing of scrap metal, whether done locally or at a large processing plant, may entail additional sorting, shredding, and smelting. Processing continues until all residual impurities are removed, and the recycled material can be used in re-manufacturing.
Can you scrap rusty metal?
In general, the condition of scrap metal is a factor in determining value. In short, the better the condition of the metal, the better the price. However, in certain situations rusted scrap metal is unavoidable – like old metal furniture or old automobile parts.
Rust only occurs in metals that contain iron. Rusted or not, recycling iron and steel will involve shredding, processing and smelting. As well, the recycling process will include decontamination and purification to ensure quality for remanufactured raw materials.
For homeowners (or business owners) wondering about rusted scrap metal, it’s best to contact a reputable scrap yard to determine if the materials can be recycled or not. This is best done before collecting, transporting or arranging for pickup of the materials.
How can metals be recycled?
Scrap metal yards are in business to collect and process scrap metal. Often using the latest in computer technology, scrap yards can collect, process, and distribute in a very efficient process. From end to end, the process of recycling must be very cost effective. Efficiency is key to the bottom line. Today, scrap yards catalogue their inventory for easy access and rely on efficient transport for collection and distribution. Volume is a factor when it comes to scrap metal pricing, although market ups and downs also affect prices.
In terms of a step-by-step process, collecting scrap metal is step one. Next, large volumes of scrap are crushed and shredded for easy handling. Shredded material is then properly separated into common groups, followed by melting and purification of raw material.
The Benefits of Scrap Metal Recycling
In simple terms, scrap metal recycling is beneficial to the environment and the economy at the same time. From residential collections, to manufacturing waste, it all adds up.
- Recycling scrap metal helps to reduce the volume of waste ending up in landfill – this decreases the size of landfills and dramatically reduces the cost of managing these sites
- With less waste from electronics and computers, there is less leaching of toxins into the surrounding soil – as well, toxins and chemicals are also reduced in water and air
- With scrap metal recycling, mining for virgin ore is reduced, along with detrimental effects on the environment – less destructive mining practices make for better ecology
- Virgin ores require much more energy for processing than scrap metal recycling and remanufacturing – overall, the recycling process is a far more energy efficient process
- From collection to remanufacturing, the process of recycling metal reduces greenhouse gas emissions significantly (the biggest threat to air pollution and climate change)
Once again, the benefits of collecting, processing and recycling scrap metal in Toronto are borne by the statistics, both local and global. The savings on energy, compared to the manufacture of new materials is huge; the extracting and refining of raw materials is drastically reduced; the negative effects on air pollution are reduced; and water pollution, as well as usage is dramatically lowered. Clearly, this is a win-win scenario, with benefits for all involved.
Just cleaning up the basement…or getting into business?
Buying or selling - collecting or distributing - most everything about the ins and outs of scrap metal in Toronto is available on the Internet. It’s important to know what’s valuable – after all, why focus on something that’s not in demand? It’s also important to know where to take the scrap metal – delivery (especially of heavy metal) can be expensive by itself. And finally, it’s important to know if you’re just cleaning up the basement, or if you’re getting into a business.
Types of Scrap Metal We Collect
As a general rule, collecting scrap metal in Toronto should focus on common metals like copper, steel, aluminum, brass, and iron. To be sure, electrical wires, especially in huge quantities, are a source of a variety of valuable metals. Local scrap yards often give immediate cash. One of the easiest ways to establish the type of metal you have is to use a magnet. Ferrous metals are magnetic, like steel and iron. And regardless of payoff, a scrap yard will accept the material, making sure to recycle properly.
The non-ferrous metals are non-magnetic - copper, aluminum, brass, and bronze – they are more valuable than ferrous, and worth more money at scrap yards. The Internet is jam-packed with guides and charts to help ascertain a specific metal, its properties and even potential value. As a residential homeowner, collecting scrap metal in Toronto may represent a civic responsibility, and a personal effort to make sure the material is properly recycled, and doesn’t end up in a landfill. But, if you’re looking for a business approach, there is so much more to consider - the quantity of scrap metal you are collecting; transport and delivery of materials; and additional, ongoing supply of materials.
In recent years, the collection and recycling of home appliances has become an important issue for collectors of scrap metal in Toronto, and across Canada. Many provinces already have mandatory guidelines to keep appliances out of the waste system, partly because the metals and machinery are a valuable source of raw scrap, and partly to prevent toxic substances from affecting the ecosystems. All in all, the collection and re-distribution of “end-of-life” household appliances means big business for those involved in the recycling stream.
Why choose Tal Metal?
At Tal Metal, we’re proud of the high level of service we offer our customers. We buy scrap metal in Toronto, and provide reliable scrap metal pick up in Toronto and throughout the GTA. When it comes to pricing, we pay competitively for scrap metal, while providing the best service to both residential and commercial customers.
At Tal Metal, we handle a wide range of non-ferrous metals, in all grades, all volumes, and all sizes. Because of our high volumes, we can customize our service approach to each specific customer, based on the type of the company and the recycling needs. For scrap metal in Etobicoke or anywhere in the Great Toronto Area, you can count on TAL.
To find out more, visit our website at https://www.talmetal.ca or call one of our recycling experts at 905-660-7081.
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