Specialising in Nickel Alloys and Stainless Steel

How Does Metal Recycling Work

Metals are used in about everything that we use as modern humans. Our lives are full of all types of metals that are combined to make all of the things that we use in our normal lives.

All of these metals are initially mined and refined from raw materials. This process is both expensive and not as sustainable as using the metals again – recycling the metal.

Total Metal Recyclers – ( TMR )  works to recycle the scrap metals that we use in our everyday life. Once an item no longer has a useful life it is thrown out. It becomes rubbish and is thrown in the bin and from the bin becomes part of the rubbish that goes to the tip and becomes land-fill.

This process is both expensive and environmentally wasteful. If the scrap metal can be recycled then the environmental costs of mining them are reduced as is also the landfill cost of throwing them out.

To Recycle Metal

Step 1: Collect scrap metal.  This can be done by dropping the items off at the tip, placing the items out for collection or selling the scrap metal to a company like Total Metal Recyclers ( TMR ).

Total Metal Recyclers will buy and sort your scrap metal to ensure you get the best value for it.  The sorting also starts the recycling process. To be recycled the scrap metal must be grouped within their appropriate grouping – all similar metals together.

Step 2: Base processing for shipping. The sorted scrap metals are further shredded, cut up, compacted or processed to remove as much impurity as possible. Different scrap metals cannot be recycled together and sold together. To maximise the value of the scrap metal this process has to be as thorough as possible.  Impurities in scrap metals sold to recyclers will reduce the value paid.

Step 3 Shipping. Our scrap metals are mainly processed overseas and this means that the product has to be shipped. Total Metal Recyclers ( TMR ) processes the scrap metal into containers that are then shipped to our overseas destinations. The aim of recycling is to ensure that quality markets are developed for our scrap metal. This means that the smelters will utilise all of the scrap metal feedstock to maximise the yield and to ensure that a clean smelting process is used.

Step 4: Smelting. The Foundries that Total Metal Recyclers ( TMR ) ships its scrap metal products to use a variety of methods to recover the final product. Methods vary as the metal varies.  For example, Aluminium has been a relatively low melting point as such requires a lower temperature furnace-  small pieces of steel have a higher melting point can be removed at this point quite easier.

Coppers, brass and the stainless steel scrap metal are all melted differently to maximise the product yield.

In the smelting process, Total Metal Recyclers ( TMR ) demands a quality assurance that the smelting process is as environmentally appropriate as possible. It saves a significant amount of raw resources to the recycle scrap metal however this is only the case if TMR and other certified recycling companies monitor the overall recycling process.

Total Metal Recyclers ( TMR ) is one such company. TMR is able to purchase your scrap metal and fully recycle this to maximise the benefit to the environment.

Leave a comment