What metals can be recycled?

Over 400 million tonnes of metal is recycled each year and then scraped into valuable secondary raw materials for the smelting of new metals. If you are not sure about the process, metals are elements that start out as rocks, called ores, and they are then mined, ground and heated (smelted) in order to get the part we want. Metals are valuable materials that can be recycled again and again without degrading their properties. Scrap metal has value, which we can collect, so if you have some unwanted metal and need some extra cash, A4 Metals can help! Read our blog to find out more.

What metals can be recycled?

Metals that are suitable for recycling are usually sorted into two separate groups: ferrous and non-ferrous. The way to determine which metal falls into which category is to conduct a simple magnet test. For example, steel (ferrous) is magnetic, whereas aluminium (non-ferrous) is not. Non-ferrous metals can be recycled time and time again as they do not lose any chemical properties or degrade over time. Ferrous metals, on the other hand, need to be melted, purified and then compacted into solid blocks. Below are metals that we accept for recycling at A4 Metals. 

We buy most types of scrap metal, from wire and cans to machinery and structures:

  • Aluminium

  • Brass

  • Copper

  • Ally

  • Iron

  • Stainless Steel

  • Girders

  • Shearing

  • O/A

  • Ferrous and non-ferrous

  • Lead

  • Wheels

  • Engines

  • Cars, vans and lorries

  • Cast Iron

  • Radiators

  • Household wire

  • Gates and fencing

  • Pipe and tube

  • Washing machines

  • Tanks

  • Elements

  • Electric Motors

  • Electrical Cables

  • Batteries

  • And more - just ask!

Unfortunately, there are a few things we do not buy:

  • Fridges and freezers

  • Gold and silver

  • Caravans

  • Gas Bottles and Beer Kegs/Barrels

  • Safes

  • Trailers

  • Magnesium

We also scrap cars!

Here at A4 Metal Recycling Ltd, we turn the hassle of car scrapping into a quick and easy procedure. Scrap your car with us and you will receive a Certificate of Destruction (COD) immediately, as we are linked directly to the DVLA. We'll do all the work for you and issue you with the appropriate paperwork, so there's no need for you to do anything with your logbooks. We can collect scrap cars, running or non-running, with or without wheels for a small charge.

Get in touch

A4 Metal Recycling Ltd is a family run business with over 30 years of experience in scrap metal recycling. We do our utmost to recycle or reuse all materials purchased and keep waste to a minimum at all times. We pride ourselves in paying you the best prices possible for your scrap metal. All of our staff are fully trained and they each hold valid certificates for any machinery needed to carry out their daily tasks. We have a fully trained banksman who will direct you safely around our site.

Not sure how much we will offer you for your scrap metal? Check out our website or download our app in the AppStore today!

We can come to you!

We are conveniently located off the A4 in Beenham, however, don't fret if it's not possible for you to get to us. We offer a scrap metal collection service, where our staff will come and collect your metal no matter the size or quantity at a small charge. We also offer a skip delivery service, at a small charge, to deliver at your convenience. The skips we can deliver to your property come in sizes 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 20 and 40 yards. Click here to enquire.