Monday, 25 October 2021

X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) and its significance in scrap metal recycling

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Sorting and segregation play crucial role in scrap metal recycling business. It paves the path to realize the value of scrap metals and its potential. XRF is essentially a non-destructive analytical technique that is used to determine the elemental composition of materials. XRF analyzer's are capable of determining the chemistry of a sample by measuring the fluorescent/secondary X-ray as it is excited by a primary X-ray source. https://www.thermofisher.com/blog/metals/recycling-pub-explains-how-scrap-metal-sorting-has-changed/

This technology is proving to be an excellent tool for qualitative and quantitative analysis of scrap metal’s composition. Now that we know what XRF does, let’s find out how the XRF processes information: A sample is first irradiated with high energy X-rays from a controlled X-ray tube. When an atom is struck with an X-ray of sufficient energy, an electron from one of the atom’s inner orbital shells is dislocated. The atom then regains stability. It then fills the vacancy left in the inner orbital shell with an electron from one of the atom’s higher energy orbital shells. By releasing a fluorescent X-ray, the electron then drops to the lower energy state. https://wasteadvantagemag.com/calculating-your-roi-for-scrap-metal-recycling-the-value-of-handheld-xrf/

X-ray’s energy is equal to the specific difference in energy between the two quantum states of the electron. The measurement of this energy forms the basis of XRF breakdown.

Hand-held XRF analyzer's are capable of quantifying composition of wide array of metal alloys like aluminum, copper, ferrous and titanium alloys, cobalt and nickel alloys, etc. It can also work with tramp elements like tin, copper, or phosphorus. As a matter of fact, XRF is highly reliable source for an urban miner.

XRF helps the scrap metal recyclers in improving their profitability by reducing the risk of sending the out-of-specification materials to furnace or further processing. This helps the recyclers avoid penalties and maintain their repute in the market.

Sorting and segregation in metal recycling industry has come a long way. Back in the 90s, recyclers would use a grinding wheel to conduct spark tests to identify ferrous metals by the pattern, color, and length of the sparks they produced. They also used varied chemical tests, for example, detecting copper using a drop of nitric acid as it produces bluish hue. Such methods were prone to errors of human judgement and also time consuming. With advancements made in the recycling technologies, XRF is one of the key players in ensuring accurate sorting and segregation, leading to optimizing recycling efforts. https://www.azom.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=5249

XRF analyzer's are available in hand-held models making their usage fairly easy and economical. Recyclers in have been seen in including them in their business. Their dependency is only projected to grow over the coming years.



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Monday, 27 September 2021

How recycling helps in reducing the cost for the end consumers?

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Recycling initiatives are in the best interest of all parties involved. In companies, recycling provides a positive example for workers and local companies as well as lowers the carbon footprint of a firm. 

Recycling is also a huge contributor to global warming initiatives as it is known for its environmental advantages. In cities, the rapidly ever technologically evolving scrap metal recycling companies in Dubai are creating employment and supporting economic growth.

Moreover, recycling saves a lot of money for both businesses and consumers.

Firstly, recycling metal scrap saves money by lowering manufacturing costs. Secondly, construction of products using existing metals transported to the Dubai scrap yard, particularly removing the need for mining or producing new raw materials, offers a variety of savings benefits. Lower production costs assist in reducing pricing.

Moreover, in UAE, Dubai is constructing the Dh2.5b waste-to-energy plant for up to 120,000 households. (https://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-for-good/you-dump-25kg-of-garbage-daily-where-do-you-think-it-goes)

Sharjah is also developing an energy waste facility that will discharge 300,000 tons of garbage from sites every year(https://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-for-good/you-dump-25kg-of-garbage-daily-where-do-you-think-it-goes)

How does it Save Money?

One approach to recycling is to reduce expenses throughout the production process. If recycled scrap metal were not accessible, it would be much more costly to produce these items. The requirement to develop new materials from raw materials minimizes the need to recycle materials, which enables us to save raw resources in the case of non-resistant recycled metals. This contributes to lowering commodity prices.

Even though the monetary returns on household metal scrap may be on a lower scale, we make a significant impact each time we recycle our household items like bottles and aluminum cans by contributing towards a good amount of energy savings. Also, if we do not recycle it, the cost of aluminum, copper, iron, steel, etc. would be exorbitant.

Is recycling saving money for those who buy recycled material from centers of recycling?

Recycling companies can resell and process the metals they get. Scrap buyers in Dubai then buy recycled materials utilized in a wide range of goods. 

After collection, recyclables get transferred to a recycling plant for sorting, cleaning, and processing materials for manufacturing purposes. Like raw resources, the pricing of scrap metals is dependent on supply and demand in Dubai and throughout the globe.

So, it is pertinent to recycle at every level for not only environmental but also economic causes.

Benefits of Recycling

Less Energy Consumption

In manufacturing, a great amount of energy for processing raw materials. For the sake of big-scale manufacturing, for instance, mining and refining play an essential role in decreasing energy usage.

Recycling also makes the entire production process less costly, a huge success for businesses.

More Cash

Cash exchanged with scrap materials can be beneficial. So you not only preserve the environment but get money in exchange if you sell scrap materials.

They are less expensive when you buy recycled materials and you will also save money. You will make and save more money if you repurpose part of the waste your household creates.

Conclusion

A person can wisely undertake substantial recycling efforts. To an extent, knowledge of the impacts of recycling may provide immense advantages to individuals and the environment if successfully carried out.

 

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What are the most recycled metals? - Metals ranked by their scrap value.

 The demand and use of recycled metal have increased across industries of all sizes. There are several metals that are valued high in the recycling and scrap metals trading industry of Dubai. Some of these metals are: (https://transmetal.co.uk/top-7-most-valuable-scrap-metals/)

 

1. Aluminum:  Aluminum is one of the most widely traded scrap metals in Dubai and across the world. There are different sources of aluminum scrap such as drinking cans, kitchenware, household items, electronic devices, and car frames, etc. Recycled aluminum is used for diverse purposes like construction, the building of airplanes, utensils, vehicles, and many more of the like.

 

2. Copper: Copper is the most common metal present in most of the items in a household. Copper scrap is highly valued by metal recycling companies in Dubai for its quality and industrial demand. Copper wires, pipes, and plumbing, appliances are the most common sources of copper metal in households. 

 


3. Stainless Steel: Stainless steel scrap in Dubai has a high market value for its versatile use and strength. Stainless steel is composed of other metals such nickel, iron, molybdenum, and chromium which further increases the market demand for stainless steel scrap. Stainless steel comes in a wide range of grades with varying quantities of nickel and each grade is valued differently. (https://www.metalmenrecycling.com.au/top-7-most-valuable-scrap-metals/)

Stainless steel has a very high tensile strength and can be easily recycled for use in the automobile industry, building construction, bridge construction, housewares, and electronic devices.

Scrap Metal Recycling
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4. Brass: Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc. It is known for its strength, hardness, machinability, and capability of being an efficient use. Bacteria cannot breed on brass surfaces, making it an ideal metal for medical equipment. (http://sciencenetlinks.com/science-news/science-updates/antibacterial-doorknobs/)

Brass can be found in decorative items, musical instruments, ammunition, taps, and mechanical tools. The unique properties of brass make it a desirable recycled metal.

Recycling metal is not only environmentally friendly but also more economically viable. Lucky Group of companies is one of the most prominent names of recycling companies in the UAE. Lucky Recycling uses the most advanced techniques to recycle the metal and transform the scrap into a highly sought recycled version without compromising with its quality.


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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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