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A complete guide to radioactive metal recycling

It’s no secret that metal recycling has a few hazards.  Things like aerosols can misbehave quite severely if not treated with the proper respect they deserve.

However, did you realise that in some cases, metal recycling can even be impacted by radioactive materials?  This is especially the case within older items, which can sometimes be found in older homes.

At ASM Metal Recycling we have radiation detector units through which all vehicles must drive to test if material on board is radioactive.  If the detector alarm sounds, we send the vehicle through a couple more times in case of a false positive.  In the office, we have a Geiger meter which can find the precise piece that has triggered the detectors.  All this ensures we do not send on radioactive material to be recycled.

Where can radioactive substances be found?

Some of the main sources for radioactive material in the metal recycling world include:

What are the risks of dealing with radioactive material?

Typically, there are two main things to bear in mind with this sort of substance.

What is the process for managing a radioactive substance?

Any processor will have their own due process and it will usually include:

Don’t worry

This is simply an informative article.  As a general rule, radioactive doses found in the home – when they do occur – are VERY small.  Those processing the materials – that’s us – are trained to handle any particular situation, though, so you can always get in touch if you’re concerned about a particular item around the home.

Get in touch

Remember, if you’ve any questions about metal recycling in general, give ASM Metal Recycling a call today on 01296 337711.