Why is it important that we recycle metals?

Metal is a very recyclable material that can be repurposed for a multitude of further uses. Following the COP26 (UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties) Summit, global awareness of climate concerns has been brought to the forefront of people’s minds. Recycling is one of the easiest ways for people to do their bit for the environment. 

How does recycling metalwork?

Recycling metal involves collecting used metal items, sorting them into their different types of metals, removing impurities, and producing new metal from them. Recycling metals in this way is a more economically and environmentally viable way to obtain and use metals, as it uses less energy than virgin metal production.

All ferrous metals, from iron to stainless steel can be recycled, as well as non-ferrous metals such as copper, zinc, and aluminium. This means it is easy for both individuals and businesses to bundle scrap metal together to be recycled. 

Advantages of recycling metal

  1. Preserving natural resources

Metal can withstand continual recycling without losing quality, thus, other than to meet demand, there is no need to produce more virgin metal. By recycling metal, it preserves natural resources such as coal and iron ore. 

  1. Offsetting carbon emissions

By recycling metals, you are contributing to lowering carbon emissions. As the UK, and other countries, aim to have net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, recycling metals is one way you can help reach and sustain this national goal. 

  1. Saving money

If you own a business, it is cheaper for you to recycle metal than it is to produce new metal. Additionally, reducing production costs will allow you to invest the money into other areas of your business, so it’s a win-win situation! 

  1. New recycling industry standards

As everyone becomes more climate-conscious, the recycling industry is putting more pressure on businesses to recycle all materials, including metal. Therefore, if you have scrap metal lying around, you should look at getting it collected for recycling.  Here at A4 Metal, 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. You can find out more information here

How we can help

Here at A4 Metal Recycling Ltd, we are a family-run business that has been in business for over 30 years. We do our best to ensure that all materials are recycled and waste is kept to a minimum.

We offer a variety of services ranging from scrap metal purchase and collection to Hi-Ab hire. Get in touch with us today on 01189 713 657 to find out how we can help you recycle your metal and improve your carbon footprint.