How to classify the different types of waste your business produces

Before any waste a business produces is retrieved for recycling and disposal, the different types of waste need to be classified. This classification of waste process enables waste transporters and recyclers, such as ASM Metal Recycling, to determine how to handle the waste while it is being disposed.

As a business with commercial waste, you have a duty of care to sort and store waste safely and securely whilst you wait for its collection. For every load of waste that leaves your premises, it’s important to make a waste transfer consignment note. This should be easily accessible should your local council or the Environment Agency ask for proof of its disposal in the future.

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What is WEEE waste?

Household cable

Waste electrical items can have a harmful effect on the environment as well as animal and human health. The WEEE regulations aim to reduce the potential impact of waste electricals in landfill by encouraging recycling, minimising waste and incentivising the production of more environmentally friendly products.

The WEEE regulations are a producer compliance scheme that makes those that generate new products responsible for the safe recycling and recovery of end-of-life waste electrical and electronic equipment.

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Can iron be recycled in the UK?

Pile of rusted scrap metal

Iron is one of the most widely recycled metals in the world, and in the UK iron is in high demand for its scrap value. Find out more below about the constituents of iron, how iron is recycled, what common items it is found in and where you can recycle iron in the UK.

Iron is a ferrous metal. In fact all ferrous metals contain iron of some sort. Cast iron and wrought iron are known for their tensile strength and durability. Other ferrous metals include engineering steel and carbon steel. Iron is sought after because it can be used to create other metals like steel, which is an iron alloy. Globally, iron and steel are the second and third most recycled ferrous metal. In fact, between 25% and 100% of all steel products contain recycled content.

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What has the most copper in it to scrap?

Copper pipe joints interconnected

Copper is the most sought-after of scrap metals, and probably the metal you are most likely to find around the house. There are a wide range of applications and equipment that make use of copper.

But which ones use the most copper and what is the most valuable type of copper?

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How to better understand scrap metal pricing

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What determines the price of scrap metal? Does one price affect another? How do you know you’re getting a good deal? In this article, we learn more about metal pricing and how this affects the price you might get at a scrap metal recycling yard, such as ASM Metal Recycling.

One of the most important factors that can influence metal pricing is a simple one – the quality of the metal itself. Make sure the metals are clean and sized appropriately. Rusted metal can still be recycled but the more extreme the oxidisation the lower price it will fetch.

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