Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Metal Recycling in China: China Opens Door for Ferrous Scrap

On 1st January 2021 China ended its two-year ban on steel scrap import. The ban was imposed in 2018 as prevention towards global dumping of low-grade scrap (https://www.argusmedia.com/en/news/2170387-china-to-impose-steel-scrap-import-standards-from-1-jan)

China aims to increase its use of recycled metals like steel, copper, and lead in the coming years in the aim of fulfilling its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Being the top consumer of metals, it wants to increase the use of steel scrap by 23% by 2025. (https://www.asiafinancial.com/chinaplans-to-ramp-up-use-of-steel-scrap-metals-recycling. The ban upliftment has hence significantly affected the scrap imports)

The change in plans has also led to advancement in recycling technologies. The world’s most advanced recycling facilities can be found in China. From the eastern coastal region Guangzhou in the south to Beijing and Tianjin in northern China, the country has pioneered in establishing high-tech metal recycling facilities followed by cities like Chengdu, Chongqing, and Anshan. (https://recycling.metso.com/blog/recycling/metal-recycling-trends-in-china/) 

For instance, according to Chinese customs data, imports in the month of April saw a spike of 186pc to 60,696t from March, taking January-April imports to 85,832t. As supplies from Japan were not enough to fulfil the ever-growing demand for metal scrap, Chinese scrap buyers began seeking supplies from Europe and USA. 

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The initial orders of shred metal scrap cleared customs successfully. However, the main grade HMS1/2 80:20 might be a little tricky to import since the mixture of different thicknesses could be a challenge for inspection process. (https://www.argusmedia.com/en/news/2219033-chinas-ferrous-scrap-imports-spike-in-april) 

Being one of the biggest importers, any policy change in China which makes sure to impact global metal and metal scrap market. China aims to increase the EAF capacity to overall crude steel capacity to 15% from 2021 to 2025 and lift the steel scrap consumption in converters to 30% (https://www.spglobal.com/marketintelligence/en/news-insights/blog/bank-ma-revival-market-disruption-warning-venture-capital-funding-soars)

Although the recommencement of scrap imports will not immediately ease the shortage of China’s domestic scrap resources, the new policies align with the industry’s long-term needs to reduce its over-dependency on iron ore and its goals of cutting carbon dioxide emissions. Import of the ferrous scrap means reduction in mining for ores and processing – significantly cutting down costs, emissions, and labor.

Dubai scrap yards are abundant with metal scrap of various mixtures and types. Just like Chinese dealers, Dubai scrap dealers are contributing to the cause of attaining carbon-neutrality and reducing emissions by helping the metal recycling companies in Dubai realize its potential. 

 

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Global Forecast 2025 – Metal Recycling and its Growth

 
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2020 witnessed the biggest lockdowns imposed on countries across the globe owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has affected the global economies in more ways than one. Mainly, it has directly affected the production and demand, disrupting the demand and supply chain, and by causing financial instability in market segments. Did you ever think? How will global metal recycling market be impacted by the on-going crisis? What to expect in the year 2025? 

Let’s find out the emerging possibilities.  

In 2018, the metal recycling market was valued at USD 346.86 billion. This is projected to grow to USD 468.56 billion by 2025 with a CAGR of 4.39%. 

Metal recycling is a valuable process wherein the scrap metals can be recycled repeatedly without degrading its properties. Approximately 40% of worldwide steel production is made using recycled steel. Moreover, approximately around 400 million tons of metal is recycled worldwide each year. 

In the coming years, economies that show rapid progress in urbanization and industrialization like China, India, and Brazil are anticipated to provide an impetus to the on-going metal scrap recycling initiatives for the forecast period. (https://www.mynewsdesk.com/brandessence/pressreleases/metal-recycling-market-is-valued-at-usd-468-dot-56-billion-with-the-cagr-of-4-dot-39-percent-over-the-forecast-period-by-2025-3112852?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Alert&utm_content=pressrelease )

Growing environmental awareness is a driving force behind the accelerated metal recycling business. Global metal recycling market is segmented on the basis of metal type, end user and region. Among the faster growing segment, growth of demand for ferrous scrap tops in the metal recycling market. This is mainly projected since recycling ferrous metals helps in reducing the quantities of solid waste that end up in landfills. Additionally, it helps in reducing energy consumption, CO2 emissions, water consumption, and air pollution. (https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/metal-recycling-market-worth-76-1-billion-by-2025--exclusive-report-by-marketsandmarkets-301021406.html)

Along with the growth in the market, we can also expect rapid development in the metal recycling technology. With growing complexity in the mixtures used for creating modern products, metal recycling technologies are sure to undergo changes and adapt new methodologies. 

Urban mining refers to recovering raw materials from electrical and electronic waste. Urban mining holds potential of finding up to 50 time’s higher concentration of valuable metals than ores that are extracted in mines. This segment holds a lot of potential for growth as many countries around the globe have started to realize its importance. There are millions of appliances that are still awaiting to be recovered, For example, in Africa, approximately 1 billion phones are discarded each year.  (https://www.recupel.be/en/blog/7-reasons-why-urban-mining-is-overtaking-classical-mining/ )

Recycling companies in Dubai play a significant role in metal recycling market. In a country like UAE that uses enormous amounts of metal each year, scrap metal yards in Dubai have contributed their part in taking a step towards achieving circular economy. 

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Thursday, 15 July 2021

Challenges in Copper Recycling

 Copper helps in providing light and durable maintenance-free structures that are naturally long lasting and infinitely recyclable. Copper has the highest electrical conductivity in metals (apart from silver) and makes it ideal for electrical use. It is used for power generation and transmission – it is an important component in motors, generators and transformers. Apart from traditional use in electricity generation, copper is also used in new technologies for renewable energy from solar, wind, and geothermal sources. 

25% of all the copper produced is used in construction – for plumbing, roofing, and cladding. 

Copper recycling is not something that can be executed on individual basis, unfortunately. It is usually executed by commercial recycling businesses of all scales for example, car breakers, plumbing companies, or recycling companies. Thus, one of the biggest challenges that copper recycling faces is the lack of awareness for sending the copper to correct and efficient collection point for recycling. 

Copper scrap recycling company in Dubai
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Copper is extensively used in an average household wiring. This can be a difficult item to recycle as it needs to be purified of any of metals or contaminants to make it fit to be used again in electrical components. Almost all copper wiring used for small electrical wiring must be almost pure, devoid of any surface flaws to prevent breaks during rod production. (https://www.copper.org/environment/lifecycle/ukrecyc.html

Copper has an infinite recyclable life. This means that copper can be recycled repeatedly without losing its value. (https://copperalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ica-copper-recycling-201712-A4-HR2.pdf)  If the scrap is pure copper and not been contaminated; high quality product can be made from it. Likewise, if scrap consists only of one alloy composition, it is comparatively easier to re-melt to a good quality product. If scrap is mixed, contaminated, or includes other materials such as solder – when this is re-melted, it will be more complex to adjust the composition. (https://www.copper.org/environment/lifecycle/ukrecyc.html

It is easier to adjust the composition wherein lead, or tin had been included, but no harmful impurities. For copper scraps that are contaminated with impurities, we may recycle it by diluting it during melting process. This brings down the he impurity levels to an acceptable range of specification. Copper scrap that has been contaminated beyond acceptable limits has to be re-refined back to pure copper using conventional secondary metal refining techniques. 

Scrap metal yards in Dubai play a crucial role in keeping costs of copper down. Production costs are reduced significantly. Recycling a tone of copper uses 15% of the energy that would be used to mine copper. Not only does recycling help in conserving the world's supply of fossil fuels but also reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Copper scrap in Dubai is efficiently recycled and reused with initiatives that deploy clean methods by Lucky Recycling, part of Lucky Group, one amongst the metal recycling companies in Dubai.


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Aluminium creates highlights on the work

Aluminum is one of the important metals which are widely used for different purposes but one of the attractions for using aluminium which defines its success these days in art and fashion industry.

“Through sculpture I try to create something unique out of an ordinary object.” Noah Deledda

Detroit-born artist Noah Deledda turns trash into treasure by transforming old aluminium cans into sculptures (https://mymodernmet.com/aluminium-can-sculptures-noah-deledda/) . The amazing architectural structures and heavenly man-made metal art prove that old goods can be transformed into new pieces by adopting creative ideas by reusing or recycling items that may have been sent to garbage dump or landfill. 

Have you ever thought when an item breaks down or does not function properly, we fix it or reuse it, rather than throwing it out? Technically a form of reusing, recycling is the reprocessing of waste into raw materials for use in making a new product. BUT do you know that we can invest in products that can be reused? For that you just need to be creative, resourceful and innovative. BUT HOW?

THINK DIFFERENTLY; ask yourself, “What can I make out of this?” You may be able to come up with valuable ideas. For example does an object’s shape remind you of something else? What happens when you turn it upside down? Does it look different? Does it remind you of something else? Like Noah Deledda uses his thumb to create dents and creases in the disposable object’s surface, resulting in incredible three-dimensional sculptures adorned in flawless, geometric patterns. (http://www.noahdeledda.com/)

The whole idea is of diverting waste into wealth. Lucky Recycling handles wide range of aluminium scrap metals which are an excellent choice for industrial applications. As an Urban miner in the region, we always help you out with your intentions about recycling metals at different locations in UAE.  We are privileged to deal with some of the loyal customers in different parts of the world who have always appreciated our service and quality of products.

Let’s encourages people to recycle waste scrap metals to get rid of landfill garbage because pollution is man’s as well as the earth’s common enemy.

For more information visit us at http://www.luckygroup.com/


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ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

 ISO 9001

ISO 9001 is the international standard for quality management system (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_9000).  It is a standard that is used by organizations to demonstrate their ability to provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. It also demonstrates continuous improvement. Among the different documents in the ISO 9000 family of standards, ISO 9001 is the only standard that requires certification. The current certification version is ISO 9001:2015 (https://www.iso.org/iso-9001-quality-management.html). Things to note: 

1. Size of the organization does not matter – IS0 9001 can be implemented across organizations.

2. Nature of the industry does not matter (service or manufacturing). 

3. ISO 9001 is not a standard for products and does not define product quality – it is in fact, a process-based standard.

4. ISO 9001 is not personal standard. An individual cannot get certified to ISO 9001. The organization or company becomes certified. 

Note: Individuals can become an ISO 9001 certified Lead Auditor after completing a training course. It allows them to audit other companies.

5. In order to become ISO 9001 certified, an organization must: 

Follow the required procedure to implement ISO 9001 quality management system (QMS). (https://the9000store.com/step-by-step/ )

Next, a Certification Body audits the performance of the organization against the latest version of the ISO 9001 Requirements. (https://the9000store.com/iso-9001-2015-requirements/) 

The Registrar issues an ISO 9001 Certificate for a three-year period after the organization passes the audit. 

6. To maintain their ISO 9001 certification status, the organization must be re-certified every three years.


ISO 14001

The ISO 14000 family has applications for companies that use practical tools in order to manage their environmental responsibilities (https://www.iso.org/iso-14001-environmental-management.html). The ISO 14001 defines the criteria for an environmental management system. It maps the outline that a company/organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. (https://www.iso.org/standard/60857.html

ISO 14001 is designed for any type of organization – it is an aid that can provide assurance to company management, employees, and stakeholders that environmental impact of the organization is being measured and consistently upgraded.

1. ISO 14001 provides requirements and guidance for use that relates to environmental systems. 

2. Other standards in the 14000 family focuses on specific approaches, for example, audits, communications, labelling, life cycle analysis, and environmental challenges such as climate change.

3. ISO 14001:2015 specifies the requirements for an environmental management system. This system can be used by an organization to enhance its environmental performance. It is intended to ease an organization’s environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner that contributes to the environmental pillar of sustainability.

4. The desired output of ISO 14001 includes:

Improvement in environmental performance.

Implementation of compliance obligations.

Attainment of environmental objectives.

5. ISO 14001 is applicable to any organization regardless of its size, type, and nature. It applies to the environmental aspects of the organization’s activities, products and services. However, ISO 14001 does not state specific environmental performance criteria.

From the recycling companies in UAE, it is recommended to choose a company that adheres to quality standards and adheres to their responsibility towards environment sustainability. 

Metal recycling is an essential step towards saving the already-depleting resources and strengthens the circular economy. Amongst the metal recycling companies in Dubai, Lucky Group is one of the renowned ISO 9001:2015 & ISO14001:2015 certified metal recycling company in UAE


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Tuesday, 22 June 2021

How does the Covid-19 pandemic herald Green Recovery?

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Millions of people have been afflicted by the Covid-19 epidemic across the world. It posed a challenge in every aspect of life. Lower levels of air pollution, cleaner sky, and better air quality were witnessed worldwide as a result of this mayhem that engulfed the Earth.

According to the UN environment report, the ‘Green recovery’ can be a step towards slowing down the inevitable extreme climate changes. While the planet has still headed towards a rise of 3 degree Celsius in this century, however, a notable change in climate has been experienced worldwide. The UN report suggests that this will bring us closer to the goal of 2-degree Celsius mentioned in the Paris Agreement. The main reason being the reduction in greenhouse gas emission. If successful, the measures might result in a 25% reduction in overall emissions by 2030. (source: https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/12/1079602)

Under-stress species of animals and birds have been thriving in these times in the cities that are otherwise dense with air-pollution. The lockdowns imposed have given the planet a chance to undergo healing. However, as these restrictions are being lifted, the recent changes are being sadly reversed. 

This must cause us to stop and consider a critical question: Could Covid-19 pandemic give Green Recovery a chance? And if yes; then how?

As a part of Covid-19 recovery plan, countries must make investments in climate action plans. Choices made by the government must be holistic and must include comprehensive systematic changes that work to achieve a future that is not only sustainable, but also economically feasible. Burning of fossil fuels is a major cause of hazardous air pollution. Renewable energy consumes lesser resources and operates in a more decentralized fashion. As a result, one of the world's top objectives should be to invest in renewable energy initiatives. More efforts should be made to encourage the production and use of electric cars.

Changes in consumption habits in both the private and public sectors will aid in climate replenishment. For example, replacing domestic short flights with rail travel, promoting environment friendly transport modes like cycling, car-pooling, making houses more energy efficient, and reducing food and packaging wastage.

Countries facing the second wave of Covid-19 and the ones recovering from the devastating first wave are looking towards Green Recovery as the pandemic recedes.

Recycling resources at hand ensures reduced processing, manufacturing, and distribution efforts; not to mention – disposal after a product or commodity is no longer in use. Recycling companies in UAE can contribute significantly to green recovery. Scrap companies in Dubai ensure that the discarded metal is recycled efficiently rather than ending up in landfills. Recycling scrap metal reduces mining for virgin metals and significantly reduces the emissions that are the result of processing. 

Lucky Group prides itself in being one of the most efficient and environmentally-conscious recycling companies that strive to realize its goal of making our planet a better place with continued efforts.   

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Effect of Environment Friendly Technologies in Global Metal Industries

Metal is a product of a lengthy process that includes ore extraction, ore processing to remove oxides, casting, forging, and other steps. While exploiting already dwindling natural resources, this process creates huge amounts of emissions and other types of pollution.

With gradual decline in the environment, the emerging technologies have laid a pathway to potentially reduce the metal industry’s harmful impact on the planet. This may also be viewed in terms of building a circular economy rather than a linear one. Circular economies are restorative and regenerative by design and aim to keep products, components, and materials at their highest potential and value at all times. The only way to do so is to implement recycling at every level, not just in metal businesses, but also in areas where metal is utilized extensively.

Steel manufacturing, for example, has a number of side effects, including CO, SOx, NOx, PM2, water pollutants, hazardous wastes, etc. (https://www.worldsteel.org/en/dam/jcr:c3acc5fd-e3c2-458c-a2cc-8c4880b9334c/Steel%2527s+contribution+to+a+low+carbon+future.pdf). The major environmental impacts result mainly from coking process and iron manufacturing process.(https://www.worldsteel.org/en/dam/jcr:16ad9bcd-dbf5-449f-b42c-b220952767bf/fact_raw+materials_2018.pdf). In 2013 in Australia, the steelmakers began using the world’s first “green” steelmaking process. The process calls for substituting coke and coal with plastic bags and bottles that would otherwise end up in city dumps or landfills. Nearly 30% of the coke and coal has been replaced with conventional carbon-containing materials and importantly, greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, and production prices all have shown a significant decline. 

Carbon is a critical raw ingredient in steel production using the electric arc method. Almost 40% of the world's yearly steel production is now produced using this approach. Moreover, Veena Sahajwalla discovered that recycled truck tyres are a more environmentally friendly alternative to coal (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veena_Sahajwalla). It could prevent over 2 million tires from ending up in landfills while simultaneously creating a renewable energy source.

“Trash for cash” is the new order of the day in a growing industry known as secondary metals. Metal recycling companies in UAE that are equipped with technology that is both sustainable and energy efficient have a big role to play. In the metal industry, such companies have a pivotal role in developing the “Green” attitude in the metal industry. Scrap metal yards in Dubai, for instance, helps in spearheading metal recycling and contributes to both ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals that can be processed back to a form of raw material that can be used to form new metal alloys. 

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The global market for metal scrap has significantly grown over time. With advancements made in the recycling technologies and awareness that drives the sustainable approach, it is indisputable that this trend will continue to move upwards with iron, steel, and stainless-steel scrap. 

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