Recycling FAQ (Part Two)

By Adam Ioannidis

A lot of people looking to sell scrap metal nowadays are unclear on certain facts of the industry. Some things are public knowledge whilst others are a bit more niche. We’ve already answered some of your frequently asked questions before, but today we thought we’d concentrate more on some questions affecting the industry as opposed to our company specifically.

Where can I get scrap metal from?

The simple answer to this question is anywhere. Old pipes or any old object that contains metal – like a BBQ or perhaps a cabinet – can be recycled. If the metal is rusty then that’s not a problem – but it will affect the price of the metal if it’s tarnished or rusty. Old cars and vehicles can also be recycled as they can feature different types of metal.

Aluminium cans are also a great way to recycle. Anytime you have a canned drink or food like tuna or beans, you can collect the cans and bring them to our recycling facility. As we said, you can literally get scrap metal from any object that you’re not using anymore and contains any form of metal in it. We accept the majority of metal types at our facility as well which makes it easy for people trying to sell scrap metal.

How are impurities removed from scrap metal?

If metals such as iron and steel have been tainted – then we’re able to remove those impurities using a special, yet simple method involving strong magnets. Because both iron and steel are magnetic metals, it makes it easier for impurities to be lifted from them.

What are ferrous and non-ferrous metals?

You may have heard these two terms being thrown around, or perhaps you’ve seen them being mentioned on our website – but what exactly do they mean? We’ve covered this in a blog a couple of years ago, but in a nutshell – ferrous metals contain elements of iron within them and non-ferrous do not.

Because of the iron, they’re also magnetic and are predominantly more prone to rust or corrosion when exposed to the elements. They’re also heavier than non-ferrous metals – which include varieties such as aluminium and copper.

Is recycled metal actually used?

Yes – abundantly. Almost all types of metals used in today’s industries are recycled metal – and there’s a good reason for that. Most metals, when recycled, don’t actually lose their properties – meaning they stay just as durable and retain the same quality as they were as virgin metal. This highly desirable feature makes the metal recycling process an attractive and practical one.

On top of this, recycling scrap metal to make new metal uses far fewer resources than the process involved in mining for fresh ore and turning that into virgin metal. So, not only is recycled metal just as good as virgin metal – and is widely used across several industries in the same capacity – but it’s also great for the environment.

Can I recycle metal as a business?

You absolutely can – and we highly recommend you do. Depending on your trade, you may have a significant amount of scrap metal or items containing metal in them that can be recycled. So, why not sell the scrap metal instead of dumping it or leaving it pile up?

You’ll be helping the environment significantly as well as supporting an important industry. The best part, though, is that you’ll be getting paid to sell your scrap metal. To make it easier for you we also offer 24-hour pick-up and drop off services with various sized bins.

Are you looking to sell scrap metal?

Selling scrap metal to be recycled is a fantastic way to earn some extra money on the side as well as make a positive impact on the environment. Here at Metal Men Recycling, we’re passionate about the environment and disposing of scrap metal in the correct manner – which is why our state-of-the-art facility is equipped with all the bells and whistles to make your scrap metal recycling experience as easy and streamlined as possible. We have heavy-duty weighbridges in our four-acre yard and also offer complimentary bins for drop-off and pick-up services.

If you’d like to sell your scrap metal, then get in touch with our experts by calling 03 5941 6677. You may also contact us via the enquiry page on our website.

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