Thursday, 28 December 2017

What happens with recycled copper?

Ever wondered what happens to the scrap metals you deliver to a scrap dealer? Where it goes and what purpose copper scrap is used for? et us discuss the process of copper recycling in Dubai.

1. Inspection and sorting

Scrap copper is collected from various scrap dealers and delivered to a processing plant where it is processed into different grades, compositions and purity levels using automated machinery, testing equipment and quality control procedure. Rejected materials are returned back to the supplier, discarded in an environmental friendly manner or sent to other designated recycling plants.

2. Melting

Based on the Copper grade, it is melted and refined to achieve a higher quality of purity. Sometimes,  primary copper is added to enhance its quality or become suitable for certain industries.

3. Electrolytic Refinement

Electroplating of copper after dissolving it in a sulfuric acid bath ensures 99.98% purity of copper. This recovered pure copper can then be put to different uses.

4. Reintroduction into the market

The copper thus recycled can be used in electronics, plumbing and building construction, wiring in automobiles, etc. Copper, due to being biostatic, is useful in places with antimicrobial needs. Hospitals, fish farms, labs, etc, are increasingly using copper to keep microbes at bay.

Recycled copper may have minor impurities, but it is just as useful as primary copper, making copper recycling an important activity to be undertaken.

Environmental benefits of metal recycling

Metal recycling and scrap metal trading are has economical benefits yet often we see that many consumables from our domestic and industrial use are not recycled. Getting rid of metal recyclables to scrap metal recycling companies in Dubai and getting monetary benefit is one of the benefits of recycling apart from the obvious environmental benefits. Let us review the social-environmetal benefits of recycling.

1. Less waste

The more scrap metals are recycled, the less ends up in dumpsters and landfills, saving valuable earth space. It also prevents toxic chemicals from leaching into landfill over a period of time.

2. Reduced mining

The increasing demand for metals can be achieved through recycled metals which mean less dependence on mining for primary metals. Mining is an intense activity that takes a toll on the environment, and any initiative that limits it should be welcome.

3. Metal processing

The ore obtained from mining needs to be refined to extract metal that can be used for various applications. Metal processing involves use of many resources and chemicals that harms its surroundings. Recycling, in comparison, uses less energy, resources and is more environmental friendly.

4. Resource conservation

Recycling metals means less mining of natural resources. Thus recycling slows down the depletion of scarce natural resources such as ore, coal, water and energy which are required to mine primary metals. Thus recycled metals are a  valuable commodity in today’s world.

Recycling, to some people may feel like an act of simply getting rid of waste. However, in reality, recycled metals are a  precious commodity, so take your metal recyclables to a Dubai scrap yard today.