Metals, together with plastics, are the most important materials for manufacturing industries. Your electronic gadgets, appliances, tools, vehicles, and nearly all essential equipment consists of different quantities of various metals.
One important thing to consider about metals is their ability to be recycled without losing their overall properties. On a global scale, steel is the most recycled material, followed by aluminium, copper, silver, brass, and gold.
On the other hand, Paul’s Rubbish Removal, one of the most reliable removalists in Sydney, plays an important role in taking out your metal rubbish. But more than just hauling, removal services take a few more steps in order to attain the full circle of metal recycling.
But first, here are a few facts about metal recycling.
- Nearly 40 per cent of worldwide steel production is made with recycled steel.
- Steel and Iron are the most recycled materials in the world due to their magnetic property, making them easy to separate from mixed waste.
- Around 400 million tons of metal are recycled worldwide annually.
- Throwing away a single aluminium can is like wasting gasoline with the same volume
Metal Recycling Problems
Despite the overall benefit of recycling metal scraps, the global metal recycling rate is only at 30%. This is because a lot of metal is still improperly discarded and is causing significant adversity to the natural environment. This challenge is constantly faced by Paul’s Rubbish Removal in ensuring that we actively help in this regard.
Adding to the recycling problem is the growing complexity and compactness of modern technology. New products are made with complicated mixtures of materials and that makes metal salvaging very difficult – particularly for integrated smartphones. All the elements used in manufacturing a phone and other gadgets using microchips make metal extraction very tricky. However, this doesn’t mean that other metallic junk should be discarded as it is.
Metal Recycling Process
Paul’s Rubbish Removal is part of an active network that collectively processes scrap metal from rubbish to raw material.
Metals differ in collection processes and are most likely sold to scrap yards than tipped. Scrap metals that are collected by Paul’s Rubbish Removal come from various sources such as broken structures, office equipment, and household rubbish. These metals are then sent into NSW EPA compliant recycling facilities for sorting.
Depending on the recycling facility, electromagnets and sensors can be used to separate ferrous metals such as iron, steel, and cast iron as well as non-ferrous metals like aluminium from other unwanted waste. Then, the metals’ value is further improved by segregating the clean metal from dirty ones.
Recycling facilities then shred the chunks of metal into smaller pieces. Shredding is promoted because a higher surface area to volume ratio enables metals to melt using significantly lower energy.
The shredded pieces of metal are then melted in a large furnace. Distinct furnaces are used for different types of metal and the melting process can take minutes to hours. While this takes up a significant amount of energy, it is much less than the energy needed to produce metals out of virgin raw materials.
Melted materials are then carried by conveyor belts to cool and harden. After this stage is complete, the metals are then formed into specific shapes that make them easy to use for the production of new metal products.
After the whole process takes place, the metals will be ready to use. Factories collect these metals and use them to create new products, thus completing the cycle of scrap metals. This full circle of recycling will not be possible without the help of rubbish removal services such as Paul’s Rubbish Removal and their commitment to diverting as much scrap metal from landfills as possible.
Metals are among the most common rubbish components that households generate. While it is Paul’s job to tend to them and send them to recycling facilities, you can, in fact, make an impact. By observing smart waste management and recycling, your metal rubbish can go a long way – at the same time keeping your family safe from health risks.
Furthermore, if you believe your scrap metal is good for nothing and want to make the most out of removing it, Paul’s Rubbish Removal is the partner you need. If you call us today, our team will be arriving within the hour, equipped with the right tools and knowledge to take out your scrap metal without exposing you and our personnel to health risks posed by sharp and corroded edges.
Paul’s Rubbish Removal holds our commitment to sharing our knowledge of efficient waste management and effective recycling techniques with you so you get value for your worth. We value our planet as much as you do, so feel free to set a booking with our friendly staff at 0407 125 125 or email us for inquiries and a free quote.