Scrap metal in the ship breaking industry
Around half the world’s obsolete ships are sent to be scrapped on the beaches of Alang, a town in the Indian state of Gujarat famous for its ship breaking industry. Huge vessels, ranging from bulk carriers and supertankers to old passenger liners, are transported to Alang to be torn apart piece by piece and recycled for profit.
This kind of metal recycling is no mean feat and requires thousands of workers, however scrap metal recycling does not always take place on such a large scale.
Change your perspective on scrap metal
When people think of scrap metal recycling, their thoughts often turn to big industries, like the shipyards of Alang or the commercial tips filled with piled up cars and steel girders.
But there’s more to the scrap metal industry than just shipyards and large-scale auto wreckers – scrap metal can be retrieved from your very own backyard! Recycling your scrap metal is a quick and easy way to make some extra cash whilst clearing unwanted items from your home or workplace, you just need to know what to look for.
Scrap metal around the home can be anything, from an old, un-roadworthy car sitting idly in the driveway, to broken appliances such as fridges and washing machines. Even smaller items can be traded for cash including old bathroom fixtures, doorknobs and copper wiring.
Sorting through your scrap metal can seem like a daunting task, especially when you don’t know which kinds of metal you are dealing with. Do some simple research on different metal types to help you identify and separate your scrap metal before selling it on to a collection company. Alternatively, look for companies that accept a wide variety of scrap metals and do not require sorting.
Metal Men Recycling offer cash for scrap metal in Melbourne. We take all types of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, including aluminium, copper, brass and steel, and we will even supply the skip bin!