You may have already read that scrap metal merchants play an important role in protecting the environment, mainly through recycling and lowering the amount of material sent to landfill sites. The processes used by companies such as Sydenham Scrap Metals remain undiscussed to an extent. This means our customers and clients only have a vague idea of what happens to their metals, and why recycling is so good for the local environment.
On this page, Sydenham Scrap Metals discusses processes used to recycle common metals, and explains how scrap metal merchants reduce the demand for freshly-mined material.
The biggest environmental benefit to aluminium recycling is savings in energy. Research from two of the industry’s leading governing bodies, the European Aluminium Association and the Organisation of European Aluminium Refiners and Remelters, reveals aluminium recycling by scrap metal merchants to be 95% more efficient in terms of energy use than the production of new aluminium material. Recycling preserves the earth’s natural resources.
Sydenham Scrap Metals uses innovative technology to recycle aluminium, and our processes reduce the emission of harmful volatile organic compounds, gases and dusts by capturing them before release. Because manufacturers enhance aluminium with other metals to create alloys, recycling saves 250,000 tonnes per year of the following materials:
The benefits associated with aluminium recycling make for very interesting reading.
The electrical and thermal conductivity of copper is better than that of any other scrap metal outside of those classed as precious metals. Recycling produces a series of energy-saving benefits and doesn’t hinder the properties of copper. The material processed by scrap metal merchants still retains all of its thermal and electrical potentials. The Copper Development Organisation even states that copper contamination has its advantages.
Instead of purifying copper, companies like Sydenham Scrap Metals save energy by melting it down into ingots, with the impurities, so that manufacturers of bronze and gunmetal can use it in production. Lead and tin are essential additions under such circumstances, and processed copper with these impurities present are preferable to the use of pure copper.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) recognises steel recycling as a practice of massive potential. An incredible 30,000 tonnes of metal recycled by scrap metal merchants in the UK alone comes from aerosol cans, a third of which is aluminium and the other two-thirds is tin-plated steel. We advise customers and clients in Sydenham not to separate aerosol cans from other scrap metals as long as they are empty and not under their original pressure.
It is also important not to crush, pierce or squash aerosol cans.
Scrap metal merchants have their own facilities for recycling aerosol cans. Sydenham Scrap Metals flattens, shreds or bales them them under safe conditions to reduce the potential for accidents. In many ways, scrap metal recycling is a holistic process with many advantages, and with very little risk involved, and a proven method for maximising potential yields.
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