When we consider the huge role that metal plays in our lives, it is even more important that we recycle all our unwanted metal waste items. By doing so, we can actively contribute to preserving our planet’s primary resources, reduce carbon emissions and to manage energy consumption.
For instance, if we were to recycle all aluminium waste products we could save up to 92% of all energy used in its production! There are similar statistics for all other metals too. This is unsurprising when you recognise the huge amounts of energy that go into its production, from quarrying to melting through to moulding and finishing.
The production of primary or ‘virgin’ metal products is very energy intensive from both a mechanical and labour point of view. Clearly, recycling metal promises many economical and environmental benefits.
Our Metal Recycling Process
After receiving any waste metal material we meticulously sort out all metal waste into its types, either ferrous or nonferrous: The main differences being distinguished by alloy properties. For instance, ferrous metals and alloys contain iron, non-ferrous metals do not. It is these properties that then determine what application they are best suited for and which recycling process to follow.
From here, the metals are then sent to our partner recycler in Swindon. When in Swindon, all unwanted metal waste will be shredded and filtered down further. Once the metals are segregated as much as possible they are then either baled for recycling or melted down to be reused.
Uses for Recycled Metal
Besides upcycling and reusing metals, recycled metal of all types can be used in a number of industries either as metal granules or briquettes which can be melted and shaped or as soldering products. The specific use, however, is determined by the metal being with ferrous or nonferrous.
Recycled ferrous metals have magnetic properties and because of this, they are most commonly used in electrical appliances and motors. In comparison to non-ferrous metals, they also have a high strength making them perfect for industrial uses. Ferrous metals, due to a combination of their properties, makes them suitable to be used in automobiles, railways and even kitchen utensils such as knives.
Recycled nonferrous metals are much lighter in weight. This makes them ideal for military and aircraft services. They also have a higher resistance to rust and corrosion, therefore, they are the most appropriate type of metal to use for needs that may be road signs, water pipes and roofing. Unlike ferrous metals, nonferrous metals are non-magnetic which is great as we use these metals in nearly all household appliances such as electronic wiring.
Responsible Metal Recycling
By responsibly recycling all your unwanted metal waste with Aasvogel, you decrease the chances of it being filtered to landfill and harming the environment. By recycling, you are also actively contributing to reducing carbon emissions and energy consumption.