Can iron be recycled in the UK?

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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?

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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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Is there a link between copper and brass prices?

As two of the most popular types of metal, copper and brass usually fetch good prices with scrap dealers. But are these scrap metal prices related? If demand for copper goes up, will brass prices increase too? In this article we look at what affects the price of copper and brass.

When we talk about copper and brass, we are not really talking about two different metals. Brass is actually a copper alloy with a large zinc content, and can also contain metals like tin, iron, aluminium, lead and silicon. Brass is strong, machinable, conductive and corrosion-resistant, and is widely used in marine engineering. Its high zinc content makes for a pliable and strong alloy and increases its ductility and strength.

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How to make money from cable scrap

Pile of rusted scrap metal

Do you have a load of old cables lying around? Selling them to a scrap metal recycling centre is a quick and easy way to make money. Copper wires are key constituents of cabling, and non-ferrous metals like copper are always in high demand.

Household scrap metal doesn’t come much more common than cable. Every mains electrical device will have at least one cable, if not two. Most households will have built up quite a collection, from ethernet cables to HDMI cables and telephone socket cables.

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