How much do you know about the metal recycling industry? For many of our new customers from the Catford area, it’s a subject surrounded by complexity. Even the prospect of using scrap metal merchants for the first time raises plenty of questions. At Sydenham Scrap Metals, we work closely with customers and clients to show them just how much value, and how many benefits, services like our own bring to the world and to local environments.
Facts tend to reassure people. Did you know, for example, that scrap metal merchants make a significant contribution to the global demand for copper, and contribute more than 40% through recycling? Did you also know 30% of the world’s zinc production stems from recycling, and that more than 80% of recyclable zinc actually undergoes processing?
If you plan to use us as a first-time customer from Catford, read through the interesting recycling facts below. Scrap metal merchants like ourselves play an important role in preserving the planet for future generations, and in cutting down on waste sent to landfill.
- Since the first stage of production, manufacturers have produced over seven hundred million tons of aluminium. Thanks to the recycling and processing systems used by scrap metal merchants, 75% of that aluminium is still in use today.
- A single tonne of recycled aluminium saves the equivalent of eight tonnes of bauxite, the amorphous clay rock used in its original manufacture. In terms of energy, this represents a saving of 14,000 kilowatt hours (or roughly 40 barrels of oil).
- Recycling aluminium for customers and clients from the Catford area requires 95% less energy compared to the manufacture of aluminium using raw materials.
- It takes fewer than three months for aluminium to be back in use or on the shelf after our scrap metal merchants receive it. Typical energy savings made through aluminium recycling could power a 100-watt light bulbs for several hours.
- Aluminium is a key component in the manufacture of cans, the type you might find on supermarket shelves in the Catford area. Did you know that it takes as much energy to produce a new aluminium can as it does to recycle twenty of them?
- Copper has a tremendous recycling value, particularly with premium-grade material. Scrap metal merchants help in preserving this value. In some cases, a consignment of recycled scrap copper has a monetary value in excess of 95% of its original value.
- Like aluminium recycling, copper recycling saves vast amounts of energy. Many of our Catford customers and clients don’t realise that recycling uses approximately 85% less energy than original copper manufacture; an absolutely incredible saving.
- The extraction of ore to produce copper requires an astonishing 95,000,000 British thermal units. When scrap metal merchants recycle copper, the figure is 10,000,000 British thermal units. Copper recycling reduces CO2 emission by as much as 65%.
ZINC, LEAD AND TIN
- The standard factory-produced car, with galvanised panels, contains as much as 10kg of zinc. Scrap metal merchants who collected end-of-life vehicles recycle these panels and manufacturers use the zinc to produce new parts to identical standards.
- Another interesting statistic for customers in the Catford area; industry zinc recycling totals 2.9 million tonnes (1.5 million tonnes in new scrap and residues, and 1.4 million tonnes in old scrap). Recycling is 76% more efficient than primary production.
- Scrap metal merchants significantly reduce demand for freshly-mined zinc. On a global scale, recycling and processing sees as much as 70% of the zinc derived from end-of-life products and vehicles going back into the secondary production system.
- More than half of the lead used in the manufacture of new products, which includes those produced at factories in Catford as well as those across the rest of the world, originally formed part of a different product and has undergone recycling.
- Scrap metal merchants in the UK must maintain high recycling rates. Over 80% of the lead used to make acid batteries has recyclable and recoverable qualities. Some countries have 100% recycling rates with a massive 99% reduction in CO2 emissions.
- The annual global production of tin totals approximately 350,000 tonnes. 50,000 tonnes of this comes from secondary material. Like lead, tin recycling requires much less energy than primary production and saves as much as 99% on total power used.
Call Sydenham Scrap Metals on 020 8778 9775. We trade as scrap metal merchants and metal recyclers for the Catford area.