What is Scrap Metal?
Scrap metal basically consists of any waste metal, metallic material, or products that contain metal that can be recovered from previous consumption and recycled for new purposes. Scrap metal can originate from domestic or commercial sources such as building supplies, vehicle parts, surplus project materials, and anything else that contains metal.
For example, electrical wires and equipment, copper piping, brass fixtures, and steel beams from construction sites can all be given a new lease of life through recycling. However, due to a lack of knowledge and the necessary resources for metal collection, these perfectly good materials regularly end up at the dump.
The current recycling industry is worth billions of dollars and scrap metals have a high market value due to their ability to be reused over and over again. These ferrous and non-ferrous metals are then processed into secondary raw materials and from there, go through the smelting process and are converted into brand new products. Therefore, the recycling of scrap metal is vital in this entire recycling process.
What is the Difference Between Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals?
It is important to determine whether a metal is ferrous or non-ferrous before recycling it. Non-ferrous scrap metals are the most valuable for recycling, the most common being those that do not contain any iron and are highly resistant to corrosion such as brass, copper, tin, zinc, aluminum, nickel, magnesium, and lead.
It is quite easy to test whether a metal is ferrous or non-ferrous by simply using a magnet. If the metal sticks to the magnet it is ferrous and if it doesn’t stick it is non-ferrous.
Ferrous metals such as iron and steel are less valuable for metal recycling but still have value. Ferrous scrap metals can be found everywhere, from old cars to used shelving, cabinets, appliances, and chairs.
The most valuable non-ferrous metals for recycling are:
Brass is a common metal that can be found in plumbing fixtures, door handles, keys, light fittings, and old banisters and is in high demand for recycling purposes. Brass consists of a combination of copper and zinc with a yellow color tinted with red. It is an extremely dense metal which increases its value in pure weight alone.
Aluminum is a metal that can be successfully reused in a variety of alternative ways and is a highly attractive metal to recyclers as its processing can save up to 80% of the original energy that was utilized to make the original product. Aluminum can be found in many places around the home in the form of soft drink and food cans and also in old window frames, door frames, and guttering.
Copper is another highly valuable and in-demand metal for recycling. It has a reddish color when it is in good condition but can appear dark brown with green patches if it is worn and old. This versatile metal is most commonly used in plumbing, roofing materials, guttering, electric wiring, and air conditioning units.
What Can Metal be Recycled Into?
Aluminum is a versatile metal that can be used to recycle into many different products such as car bodies and trailers, but because of the constant demand for aluminum cans, they are more likely to be recycled into new aluminum cans. As the quality of the metal is not reduced during the recycling process, it can be recycled indefinitely. Aluminum cans are in constant high demand and often recyclers can have a new aluminum can back on the shelves within 60 days after being recycled. In addition, new cans produced from recycled aluminum can save up to 95% of the energy used to produce the original cans from ore.
Tin cans are made of steel coated with a thin layer of tin. During the recycling process, the two metals are separated. All steel that is manufactured contains recycled steel. Recycled metal cans can be used for new tin cans, car parts, bicycle parts, rebar, appliances, and steel beams.
Why Recycle with Sky Scrap Metal?
Metal recycling not only saves energy but helps to protect the environment as the creation of secondary raw materials for the production of new products minimizes the number of natural resources required to manufacture new compounds. Not to mention the reduction in CO2 emissions from production methods used to manufacture new materials. The very best technologies are used to process both ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals to produce new raw materials.
Sky Scrap Metal is your number one choice when it comes to recycling your scrap metals in Dandenong and across Melbourne. We are fully licensed and offer highly competitive rates with prompt payment. Our well-appointed yard is equipped with an on-site weighbridge for your convenience and we pride ourselves on our fast, efficient, and friendly service. Whichever way you choose to dispose of your scrap metal, Sky Scrap Metal will make it easy and financially rewarding for you.
If you need fast payment for your junk or you simply want to clean out unwanted stuff from your home or yard, contact us for a quote or simply complete the easy online form. We look forward to helping you find a solution for your unwanted scrap metal and get paid for it in the process. We do everything by the book and guarantee total accuracy when it comes to weighing and pricing your scrap metal to ensure that the price you get is the price you deserve.
If you would like to find out more about what we do, visit our services page and take a look at our full range of scrap metal recycling services or contact us at:
Address: 297 Hammond Road, Dandenong, 3175 – VIC.