Scrap Metal Recycling Facts
Aluminum Recycling Facts
SUPPORT US BY SHARING: WWW.TRIMETALLLC.COM
The most commonly used non-ferrous metals are aluminium, copper, lead, zinc, nickel, titanium, cobalt, chromium and precious metals. Millions of tonnes of nonferrous scrap are recovered annually and used by smelters, refiners, ingot makers, foundries, and other manufacturers. Secondary materials are essential to the industry’s survival because even new metals often require the combined use of recycled materials.
Aluminium, which is the most abundant metal in the earth’s crust, is not surprisingly one of the most recycled materials today, after steel and paper. It is also the only packaging material that completely covers the cost of its own collection and processing at recycling centres. Recovering aluminium for recycling is not only economically viable, but energy efficient and ecologically sound.
Due to the limited availability of these metals, the unrestricted flow of non-ferrous scrap from country to country according to industrial and consumer demand is crucial.
The metal recycling industry has an efficient structure with numerous small companies purchasing scrap material and feeding this to highly effective larger international businesses.
Non-ferrous metal recycling involves some, or all of the following steps:
Feeding recovered copper wire into
a conveyor belt for recycling
Baled zinc prepared for transport to a refinery
All metals can be recycled with minimal or no loss of their original physical properties. They are such versatile materials that the possible applications for each metal and their combinations are endless.
Aluminium has (great recycling potential) and is often re-used for the same application for which it was originally manufactured. Its strength, flexibility and light weight, make it ideal for:
Other common applications for recovered copper include:
Its applications are very varied: