Metal Recycling Facts By Your Local Sheffield Scrap Men

Metal Recycling In Sheffield

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All types and quantities of ferrous and non ferrous metals recycled here in Sheffield. From collection to separation, cleaning and recycling into raw materials.

What Is Metal Recycling?

The process of removing just the metal from unwanted items then off to the smelter where it is liquefied by heating and poured into block moulds, cooled and then delivered to goods manufacturers.

Metal Recycling Benefits

When new products are manufactured using recycled materials such as copper, aluminium, lead and steel the need for new metal is reduced.

Save Our Resources

With demand lower, there is less of a necessity to mine for the raw materials.

Less Landfill

Landfill waste is reduced and although there are still many food cans, soft drinks cans and other metal products thrown out from households every year that needlessly end up in landfill sites overall the outlook is green.

Its Cheaper

In most cases manufacturing costs are actually reduced so recycling your old unwanted metal items makes perfect sense.

Ferrous Metal

Ferrous Metals mostly contain Iron or small amounts of other metal elements added to give the required properties. Ferrous metals are magnetic and give little resistance to corrosion.


Non–Ferrous Metals do not contain iron. Non–ferrous metals are not magnetic & are usually more resistant corrosion.

The Recycling Process

1 – Sorting

Your scrap is sorted into like metal categories such as steel, iron, copper and aluminium.

2 – Compression

The like metals are passed through compression machinery where the metals are compacted take up less space.

3 – Shredding

The compacted metal is now fed through shredding machinery which makes the melting process more efficient.

4 – Melting

A furnace is utilised to reduce the shreeded scrap into liquid, molten metal.

5 – Purification

The purification process removes impurities from the metals using various methods including filtering and electrolysis.

Did You Know?

1 – Its Win Win!

Recycling one ton of steel saves 120 pounds of limestone, 1,400 pounds of coal and 2,500 pounds of iron ore.

2 – Cable Recycling

Most cable collected and recycled can actually have a 99% usage rate after recycling.

3 – Lets Re–Use It

Virtually all metals can be recycled into high quality new metals.

4 – As Common As Steel

Mild steel is the most commonly used ferrous metal with an average composition of a 0.15 to 0.30% carbon with iron.

5 – What Are You Waiting For?

it is more energy efficient to produce new products of metal using recycled metals than not. It is cheaper to use recycled metal than having to buy brand new materials. When people recycle their metal, including aluminium, brass, copper, iron and lead they are contributing to the reduction of air pollution and CO2, carbon dioxide emissions. Metal recycling results in the usage of less water; additionally, there is less water polluted overall. EMAIL US for more information

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