What Is Recycled Scrap Metal Used For?

By Adam Ioannidis

We’ve spoken about the benefits of recycling scrap metal and the impacts it has on the environment. But what about the uses that scrap metal goes towards? Metal is used to build a large number of things such as buildings, automobiles, aircrafts, ships and construction equipment. These are just a few examples of the different things that recycled metal can be used for after you sell scrap metal. That’s why in today’s blog, we’re going to explore some of the more common applications in detail and why it’s a better option than virgin metal.

The industrial world

Industries such as the electronic and aviation industry actually purchase a lot of their metal from scrap metal recycling plants as they’re cheaper than raw and virgin metal. Even though they’re recycled, they actually offer the same durability and strength than standard metals. Shipping containers and automobiles are two products that use a lot of recycled metal in their production. 

Shipping containers are especially great products as they’re so widely used by companies to ship goods and materials – whether it be across the country or overseas. At the end of the day, companies are going to try and cut costs wherever they can and using recycled metals is not only cheaper for what is essentially the same product as virgin metals, but also environmentally friendly.

Goods you consume

White goods are a fantastic example of what happens when you sell scrap metal and it’s recycled and used to manufacture an everyday item. You’d be pretty hard-pressed to find a white good that wasn’t made partially of – if not entirely – recycled metals. A lot of household items are made of recycled metal as well. Lamps, tables and even kitchen sinks are some examples of everyday furniture and appliances in your home that could be made of recycled metal. 

As mentioned above, it’s not only better for the environment but also good business to opt for the cheaper option without sacrificing the integrity of the item. A kitchen sink made from virgin metal is no better than one made from recycled metal. Because a lot of metals are able to be bent and reshaped without losing any of their qualities, it actually makes it quite easy to recycle and repurpose them into any product it needs to be.


Recycled metal being used for artwork is not the biggest thing that recycled metal is used for, but it may just be one of the more noticeable. Using recycled metal for art means that you can use basically any type of metal to construct whatever you desire in your artistic mind. Whether it be a sculpture made entirely of old iron gates or mural using recycled cans that have been flattened against a canvas. 

The only limitation to using recycled metal for art is your imagination. Not only is it an eco-friendly and potentially cheaper way of making art – as some art supplies can cost quite a lot nowadays – but it encourages thinking that goes outside the box. One of the best parts about this is you don’t need to purchase the metal from a scrap metal plant because you may already have scrap metal lying around your house or a friend’s house. By repurposing it into art it’s become recycled metal – it doesn’t need to go through a scrap metal plant to become recycled metal in that sense. 

Environmental benefits

Recycling scrap metal drastically reduces greenhouse gasses when compared to the energy and emissions that are dispelled from making virgin metals. In fact, recycling metal could cut between 300 and 500 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. The less raw ore is mined, the less mining waste is caused – which could result in a drop of 97% when recycled metal is used instead. On top of these numbers, aluminium recycling uses 95% less energy than it does to mine the raw ore and 60% less energy is used for steel.

Are you looking to sell scrap metal in Melbourne?

If you’re looking to sell scrap metal that you have lying around your house or yard, then why not consider Metal Men Recycling? We’ll offer you money for your scrap metal. The best part is, you don’t have to go anywhere if you don’t want to because we offer a 24-hour pick up service. We accept all types of scrap metal and will pay you cheque or EFTPOS for your metal.

Whether you’re looking to sell scrap metal or would just like to know more about the benefits of metal recycling, you can give us a call on 03 5941 6677 or fill out the form on our website.

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