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Metal Recycling

Monday, January 30, 2012
Ever since mankind has understood their use, metals have been in extensive use for all kinds of purposes. The use of metals has been more prominent since the industrial age. Most metals are ductile and malleable and hence can be put into different shapes and sizes as per requirement.

When it comes to iron and steel, the benefits are strength, hardness and ability to withstand heat. With increasing urbanization across the world, millions of tons of metals are being used for applications such as cars, trucks, ships, aeroplanes, railway tracks, construction inputs and innumerable others.

In fact all metals have their unique qualities that determine their application. Aluminum for instance is used for making some specific automotive engines and even for making packing foil.

While mankind has been using metals for centuries, it is only recently that there has been some awareness about metal recycling. However before metal is recycled, the metal scrap must be separated into two distinct groups:

Ferrous Metal Scrap: As the name suggests, this is scrap that contains elements of iron in it. Ferrous metal scrap contains scarp from iron and steel. Most metal scrap around the world comes in this category and iron and steel are the most commonly used metals. Ferrous scrap can come from disposed household appliances, old cars, old railroads tracks, decommissioned ships, and construction debris.

Non-Ferrous Metal Scrap: This category of scrap comes from metal sources that do not contain iron and steel. Aluminum, copper, lead, zinc, nickel, titanium, and precious metals are some examples of non-ferrous metal scrap. While the processing and recycling of non-ferrous material is far less volume wise, the value is much higher as compared to ferrous scrap.

There are many advantages and factors that make metal recycling a worthwhile effort.

Scientifically speaking, the biggest advantage of recycling metals is that they can be recycled and re-used an infinite number of times with zero change in their properties.

It takes far less energy to recycle metal as compared to producing new metal products. For this reason it is beneficial for environmental as well as commercial reasons to recycle metals as far as possible.

Just as all other materials received from the earth, metals too are an exhaustible resource. It is therefore worthwhile to recycle them.

Environmentally speaking, metal scrap that is not recycled will create trouble for the planet. When we recycle metal scrap, we help the environment in multiple ways. We conserve a resource, we use less energy and also avoid its causing pollution.To learn more about WORLD METAL RECYCLING (WMR) or for obtaining further information on Metal Recycling or Stainless Steel Recycling help send us an email atenquiry@wmr.com.sg or visit http://www.wmr.com.sg


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