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An Overview about Scrap Metal Recycling Process

15 February 2021

Metal parts and products can be found anywhere as different industries maximise the qualities of most metal materials. The mining industry uses metal materials through the utilisation of mine cars, machines, and belt drives. The energy industry, alternatively, use pipelines and power-generating equipment that are mostly made from metal components. Other industries that use metal materials are construction, automotive, aerospace, medical, and transportation.

Given the abundance of industries that use metal materials, the total volume of metal materials that can be processed every day must be sustained to keep their operations going. Fortunately, the process of scrap metal recycling has helped generate metal products as well as preserve global metal reserves.

Importance of Recycling Scrap Metals

Scrap metals come from parts and products that have already been discarded by their owners or users. Some of these products may have already malfunctioned, while others may have already exceeded their service lives. No matter what the reason is, throwing metal products away and sending them to landfills can only make the land, air, and water pollution worse as they wait to deteriorate further for decades.

But through recycling scrap metals, discarded parts and products that are made from metal are collected and reprocessed to obtain the metal parts. As more scrap metals are collected, the need to obtain metal products from natural resources can be decreased significantly. This benefit alone can truly help in preserving the natural resources and let the metal reserves to rest from extraction processes.

Minimising the need to extract new metals can also help in reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere. Even the energy and money used for the processes needed for the new metal materials can be cut significantly as more industries prefer metal products that have been recycled.

Scrap Metal Recycling Process Stages

The scrap metal recycling process is often done through several stages. The first stage of the scrap metal recycling process is the collection process. As the name implies, this stage is intended to collect all scrap parts and products that are made from metal materials. Most of these products come from vehicles, large steel structures, railroad tracks, ships, industrial equipment, and consumer scrap.

Once the scrap products are collected, they will now undergo the sorting stage. Most scrap metal products will be sorted according to their magnetic properties, colour, weight, and other properties that often describe a specific type of metal. Next to the sorting stage is processing. The processing of all the sorted metal products allows them to be converted into small sheets or blocks. Some of the common processes that metal products undergo include shredding, melting, purification, and solidifying.

As metal products undergo all the previously mentioned stages, the processed scrap metals will now be transported into various factories and plants. The scrap metals at this point can now be used for different applications and be treated just like raw metal products.

To find out more about the scrap metal recycling process, feel free to give us a call at Victorian Metal Traders. We are the leading scrap metal recycling company based in Victoria, Australia. We are buyers of all grades and all quantities of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. We buy scrap metal from all areas of Victoria and we export globally.

 

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