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5 common metals that can be recycled

Almost all metals can be recycled into new high-quality metals, as their properties are not diminished during the recycling process. Environmentally, metal recycling has many perks, as fewer raw materials need to be extracted which reduces carbon emissions, and financial reward as many companies will buy and recycle your unwanted metal.

Metals suitable for recycling are generally sorted into ferrous and non-ferrous metals, and most are readily available in your home or your everyday life.

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Where to sell scrap metal

The metal recycling industry is now as well-known as it’s ever been. Indeed, according to the British Metal Recycling Association, it’s currently a £5.6 billion industry, employing over 8,000 people and making a substantial contribution to the UK balance of trade. Worldwide, over 400 million tonnes of metal are recycled each year.

Frequently, scrap metal dealers work with customers who handle metal daily, such as construction companies or electricians and plumbers who need to dispose of large quantities of trade materials. However, they also welcome homeowners and other individuals who have scrap metal to sell. Working with registered scrap metal dealers means you can make money and recycle your scrap metal in the correct place.

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What are different recycled metals used for?

Scrap metals including aluminium, copper, and zinc are all metals that make up part of everyday life and are frequently recycled and reused multiple times to create new products. Some scrap metals are ‘reincarnated’ and turned into other items, while others can be repeatedly made into the same thing. Not only does it make economic sense to reuse and recycle materials where possible, but this process also helps cut down on CO2 emissions and air and water pollution.

If you’re new to the world of metal recycling, the number of different metals that are reused might be a bit surprising, especially as you may have some scrap metal in your possession that is worth trading in.

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Where does metal come from?

This might not be what you’re expecting from a metal recycling company but knowing where metal comes from is an key part of knowing why it’s vital to recycle. With perspective on the effort it takes to obtain the materials, we can better understand why finding energy-efficient sources is so important.

In this guide, we’ll show you where certain metals come from and how they might be recycled (you can discover this by clicking on the links within this article).

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The economic effects of reduced aluminium can use

Many of the food and drink products we buy are packaged in cans made from either aluminium or steel. Both materials can be recycled after we have finished with them to make either new cans or other products.

We’re focusing on aluminium as it’s the most cost-effective material to recycle due to huge energy savings of up to 95%. Recycling aluminium is beneficial in many other ways too, which we explore below.

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