Friday, 1 November 2019

Raising scrap value through mill-direct pricing

Raising scrap value through mill-direct pricing

If a metal mill stands in proximity to a scrap recycler, then they inherently develop a strong bond as they operate and grow together. Besides, they also learn the operation procedure of their counterpart to yield more efficiency. And, by doing this, they often build up a strong relationship that benefits both their businesses. This bond is also profitable for the dealer who sells scrap material in that particular area. Let's delve a bit deeper to check out how.

If you want to sell a stack of scrap in the open market, then the scrap recycler will give you the final quote, depending on the type of scrap, the service it will provide, and the overall transportation cost of your scrap. But, a recycler with an adjacent mill knows about the specific demand of that particular mill. So, they are well aware of the quality of scraps they are looking for, the proper assessment, and the efficient sorting process.

Selling your scraps to this kind of recycler has many benefits. It will have meagre transportation cost as the mill is located nearby leading to a boost in the final price of your scrap. Besides, a scrap recycling broker can also negotiate the final price of the scrap with the mill confidently, as they have vast experiences of operating businesses together.

By proper sorting and low-cost transportation, the scrap recycler actually enhances the final value of your scrap. Besides, it is beneficial for the mill itself as it gets the materials which it needs. The seller and the recycler both will earn more money compared to the earning that they can get by selling scarps in the open market.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Metal Recycling Facts


Recycling of metals is being encouraged worldwide for ensuring sustainability and
minimizing wastage. It is not just industrial metals but also household metals that are highly
suitable for efficient recycling. Here are some facts related to the recycling of metals.

Most recycled metal

Steel is one of the most recycled materials in North America. More than 69 percent of steel is
recycled there. In a year over 80 million tons of steel are recycled. Steel is a metal which can
be recycled repeatedly without deterioration of its strength.
(https://www.steel.org/~/media/Files/AISI/Fact%20Sheets/50_Fun_Facts_About_Steel.pdf).

Saving energy with metal recycling

Recycling aluminium takes around 5% of the energy that is required in its virgin production.
Since aluminium takes as long as 200 years to break down and decompose, it can be recycled
over and over again with no loss of properties Moreover, the process of aluminium recycling
is far less time consuming and thus, energy saving.
(http://www.alfed.org.uk/files/Fact%20sheets/5-aluminium-recycling.pdf)
(http://www.world-aluminium.org/media/filer_public/2013/01/15/fl0000181.pdf).

Benefiting the economy through metal recycling

Recycling scrap metal is a significant industry in countries like the USA, where it earned a
total revenue of $29 billion in 2018-19 and employs around 24,698 people
(https://www.ibisworld.com/industry-trends/specialized-market-research-
reports/technology/clean-technologies/scrap-metal-recycling.html). The recycling industry of
the US is worth $117 billion, and it recycles over 130 million tons of scrap metals annually
(https://www.isri.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/2018-04-26-rw---cisa-
camu-remarks-docx.pdf?sfvrsn=2&sfvrsn=2).

Lowering carbon emission by metal recycling

Production of metal is a major contributing factor towards increasing carbon emission in the
atmosphere. As recycling of metals consumes less energy, it emits less carbon to the air and
thus helps reduce global warming.

Conserving resources for future

Metal recycling allows more resource availability for future generation. When a ton of steel is
recycled, it saves 2500 pounds of iron ore, 120 pounds of limestone and 1400 pounds of coal
(https://www.steel.org/~/media/Files/AISI/Fact%20Sheets/50_Fun_Facts_About_Steel.pdf).

Monday, 30 September 2019

Dos and Don'ts of Metal Recycling

Scrapping metal is a good business idea, which is quite remunerative and at the same time supportive of environmental sustainability as the scraps are used for recycling of metals. However, to ensure the effectiveness of the process, one needs to take some precautions and follow a few dos and don’ts.

The dos

Scraps need to be separated

Scraps come with different materials which require different treatments during recycling. Hence, it is crucial to separate the contents of the scraps into various categories before starting the process.
Also, when one goes to sell scrap, it is essential to sort the contents before going to the buyer; as otherwise, there is not only wastage of time but also the possibility of getting incorrect value for the scrap material.

Choose the right technique and tools

As every metal comes with their distinct physical and chemical properties, selection of the correct recycling process and tools is very important.

Take help from experts

It is always a good move to seek expert advice on complex processes like metal recycling. There are companies who offer online advice also, through chats with experts.

The don’ts

Try not to misidentify the scrap

Identifying the right type of metal in the scrap is often tricky. Customers often bring scraps to a recycling facility thinking that to be a particular material, which when examined turns out to be different. Hence both the sellers and buyers at recycling facilities need to be careful and knowledgeable about the materials constituting the scrap.

Choose the scrap metal recycling facility wisely

Collection/selling of scrap metals from scrapyard needs extra caution because of price, payment and quality considerations. Scraps must always be bought from or sold at scrapyards that are well-reputed for honest dealings in terms of pricing, payment, and weight measurements.

To sum up, the quality of recycled metals will definitely depend on the quality of the materials of the scrap, proper identification of its contents and the efficiency of the recycling facility.

Monday, 16 September 2019

The 5 Major Advantages Of Metal Recycling



Metals are used as essential raw materials for producing goods and other industrial and scientific purposes. The primary advantages of using metals as raw materials emanate from their durability, malleability, and conducive character. Metals are extracted from the layers of the earth, and they are limited in supply. Excessive extraction of metals from the mines can lead to loss of balance in the tiers of the planet. That is why recycling metals is crucial. There are several other benefits of recycling metals of which five most significant are enumerated below.

Conservation of Scare Resources


The foremost benefit is the preservation of resources. As the stock of metal ores is limited and it takes perhaps millions of years to replenish the eroded stock, it is important to keep enough stock of metal ore available for future generation. Recycling of scrap metal will lower the extraction rate from the mines and increase the inventory available for future use.

Reducing Carbon Emission


Carbon emission is the most threatening problem on earth now. Production of raw metal from the ores involves numerous processes that use fossil fuel, which, in turn, is responsible for increasing carbon emission to the environment. Besides, there are other environmental hazards of mining processes. Recycling metal is less energy-intensive and hence generates less emission. It does not cause groundwater pollution or leave a permanent scar on the environment.

Economic Benefits


Metal recycling has economic benefits, as well. It takes lower cost to recycle metal than process metal ores to extract metal. Governments can save taxpayers’ money by allowing recycling of metal and invest that on training of workers in the recycling industry as the job is not only labour-intensive but also requires high level of skills.

Positive Impact on Prices


Owing to their scarcity and high cost of production, metals are often expensive. Recycling will ease the pressure on the price of metal and make it more available for a larger sphere of use at a lower cost.

Lowering Demand on Natural Resources


Recycling of metals will lower energy consumption and lessen the demand for natural resources. Thus, it is both good for the environment and the economy and its future sustainability.                    
   

  


Saturday, 31 August 2019

Most common uses of aluminum


Aluminum, one of the most versatile and easily available metals, has now become a part of our daily lives. Besides, it is also one of the easiest metals to recycle on this blue planet. Discussing all the benefits and usages of this metal is beyond the scope of a small article. However, enlisted below are specific sectors in which the application of aluminum is common.
This metal is an integral part of the transport industry due to its unmatched strength to weight ratio. It is also researched that any car will have around 60% aluminum in it by 2025 (provide source). It also plays a vital  role in the construction industry.  Besides, making the structures temperature-efficient, this metal is also more malleable than traditional construction materials like steel and timber. Aluminum has revolutionized the window and door manufacturing industry, by replacing heavy woodworks with light but sturdy frames. Also aluminum frames can be powder-coated to any color with utmost ease. This metal has also become the primary choice for modern designs. Working with aluminum gives a designer the freedom to easily shape it into any furniture and give it a contemporary appeal. We cannot separate this metal from our daily lives, as it can be found in almost every consumer good, such as cans, bottles, and other packaging. It has become the first choice for the food and beverage industry for packaging. Kitchen products like foil and pots also have aluminum content. Starting from mobile phones to laptops, all the cutting-edge technological gadgets and equipment contain aluminum.




Thursday, 22 August 2019

Metal Recycling from Construction and Demolition Waste (CDW)


All construction companies now promote 'sustainable materials management' where they recycle and reuse certain CDW. This is mainly done to reduce the overall construction cost and the total aggregate demand for new building materials for a construction project.


CDW can be mainly divided into two categories: metals and non-metals. Wood, concrete, asphalt, bricks, glass, and plastics come under the non-metals category. On the other hand, ferrous and non-ferrous materials come under the metal category.


Around 95% of the total recovered metal from any construction project is actually steel. Besides, around 1-2% aluminum (mainly from doors and windows), 1-2% copper (mainly from piping and wires), and around 1% stainless steel (from structural supports) can be also recovered from Construction and Demolition (C&D) projects.

(Source: https://www.environment.gov.au/system/files/resources/b0ac5ce4-4253-4d2b-b001-0becf84b52b8/files/case-studies.pdf)


Steel is the easiest metal product to recycle from any C&D site as it can be segregated with minimal effort. And steel products actually produce almost zero waste. Besides, some surplus steel products such as tubes, rebars, pipes, claddings, and internal structural supports can be  reused with  little or  no reprocessing.



Recycling of steel products also has an environmental advantage, since there are  few environmental impacts due to minimal reprocessing. A majority of the steel products recovered from C&D projects can be sandblasted to remove coatings and base painting layers. Then, primer can be applied to use it for a new project. However, engineers do need to inspect and approve their properties and strengths before using it.



Other non ferrous metals, such as copper and aluminum, can be  melted to remove any impurities. They can finally be molded into new products to use in new construction sites.



Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Scrap metals: How they are reused to make new products?



Scrap metals which are generated abundantly from modern consumerism tend to be dumped in landfills or discarded away. Scrap metals may have toxic chemicals and hazardous elements in them so it is imperative to keep them away from landfills by recycling them where there is a danger of those metalspercolating into the environment which could cause soil pollution. Thus scrap metals must be used so that they don’t end up polluting the environment.

Aside from the environmental factor, reusing scrap metals such as copper, aluminium, brass, steel, and iron has economic benefits. It drastically reduces manufacturing costs as recycled metals can be used over and over again leading to a ‘circular economy'.
Some of the areas where reusing scrap metals can be effective are as follows:

1. Manufacturing: As mentioned before,  scrap metals helps to significantly reduce the cost of raw materials for the manufacturing plants. But other than that, the  scrap metals can be used to produce different alloys afterthe melting process..

2. Construction: From roads, bridges to buildings materials, reusable and production surplus scrap metals are used in a variety of ways in the construction industry. Scrap metals like iron, stainless steel and aluminium are used on a common  basis.

3. Packaging: Steel and aluminium are typically used for new food packaging. Canned items usually consist of certain out amount of recycled scrap metal with few being manufactured  entirely of scrap metal.

4. House furnishing: A typical house presents a lot of avenues for scrap metals to be reused. Appliances, lighting, metal roofing, etc., gets manufactured  using alloys that are tcomposed of scrap metals. Furniture like lamps, chairs, tables etc. all, are containing alloys that are composed of recycled metals owing to their durability.

5. Transportation: The bodies of ships, aircraft, and automobiles among others are the modes of transportation, manufactured using alloys produced from recycled scrap metals.
Thus, we can see that recycled scrap metals find a variety of applications and thus they must be recycled to conserve the environment as well as make manufacturing cost-effective. Scrap metals have a lower boiling point than virgin ore and thus can be easily melted and land would not be dug up to extract non-renewable metal ores which up the risk of environmental pollution.