Metal Recycling: How To Determine What’s Salvageable.
Metal recycling plays a critical role in protecting the environmental health of our community. By recycling your metal, you’re doing the following:
- Protecting Landfills: Metal slows down the process by which other materials are broken down.
- Reducing Your Dependence on Mining: Metal recycling lowers the demand for mining, which helps protect the land from hash environmental impacts.
Most Metal Is Recyclable!
Unlike plastic, most metal is recyclable. Exceptions include any radioactive metals, like Plutonium and Uranium or those that contain Mercury. Everyday products rarely contain those metals. Metals like aluminum, copper, steel, brass, cast iron, and tin are all salvageable. Contact us to schedule the pick-up of your scrap metal.
What’s The Process To Recycle Metal?
Each scrap metal yard has its own process, but most work in this general order:
Step 1: Sorting – All scrap metal is sorted by material. First, it’s inspected for radiation. Then, it is cut into manageable pieces by hydraulic machinery. Afterward, it is cut and crushed into even smaller pieces. A magnet separates the metal into ferrous and non-ferrous categories.
Step 2: Processing – After being sorted, the metal is compacted and shredded to keep energy costs down for the next stage of the process.
Step 3: Melting – The metal is melted at the specific temperature required.
Step 4: Purification – Electrolysis and powerful magnets remove impurities from the metal while it’s in a liquid state.
Step 5: Cooling – After purification, the metal is transported to cooling chambers to solidify for transport.
Recycled Metal In Your Life.
Not a day goes by that you don’t see or use something made with recycled metals. You’ll find recycled metal in the following items:
- Plumbing fittings
- Food packaging (think canned goods)
Metal recycling is an essential element of products we use every day and is critical to protecting the environment. Get started by scheduling your scrap metal pick-up today.