Friday, 3 April 2020

BIR Update on the Impact of COVID-19 Measures to Scrap Recycling Yards Around the World

BIR Update on the Impact of COVID-19 Measures to Scrap Recycling Yards Around the World

The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) is providing ad hoc updates from its Ambassadors around the world on the impacts on recyclers as the world takes unprecedented measures to tackle COVID-19.

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Thursday, 26 March 2020

Covid-19 Lockdown Update

Covid-19 Lockdown Update

After Boris Johnsons announcement for a UK lockdown we have decided to close our doors for business, however we will reopen as soon as we know more about the situation and when it is safe for us and our customers.

Thanks For Your Patience 

Wembley Recycling Ltd

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Copper kills coronavirus. Why aren’t our surfaces covered in it?

Copper kills coronavirus. Why aren’t our surfaces covered in it?

Civilizations have recognized copper’s antimicrobial properties for centuries. It’s time to bring the material back.

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In China, it was called “qi,” the symbol for health. In Egypt it was called “ankh,” the symbol for eternal life. For the Phoenicians, the reference was synonymous with Aphrodite—the goddess of love and beauty.

These ancient civilizations were referring to copper, a material that cultures across the globe have recognized as vital to our health for more than 5,o00 years. When influenzas, bacteria like E. coli, superbugs like MRSA, or even coronaviruses land on most hard surfaces, they can live for up to four to five days. But when they land on copper, and copper alloys like brass, they begin to die within minutes and are undetectable within hours. “We’ve seen viruses just blow apart,” says Bill Keevil, professor of environmental healthcare at the University of Southampton. “They land on copper and it just degrades them.”
No wonder that in India, people have been drinking out of copper cups for millennia. Even here in the United States, a copper line brings in your drinking water. Copper is a natural, passive, antimicrobial material. It can self-sterilize its surface without the need for electricity or bleach.
Copper boomed during the Industrial Revolution as a material for objects, fixtures, and buildings. Copper is still widely used in power networks—the copper market is, in fact, growing because the material is such an effective conductor. But the material has been pushed out of many building applications by a wave of new materials from the 20th century. Plastics, tempered glass, aluminum, and stainless steel are the materials of modernity—used for everything from architecture to Apple products.  Brass door knobs and handrails went out of style as architects and designers opted for sleeker-looking (and often cheaper) materials.
Now Keevil believes it’s time to bring copper back in public spaces, and hospitals in particular.  In the face of an unavoidable future full of global pandemics, we should be using copper in healthcare, public transit, and even our homes. And while it’s too late to stop COVID-19, it’s not too early to think about our next pandemic.

The benefits of copper, quantified

We should have seen it coming, and in reality, someone did.
In 1983, medical researcher Phyllis J. Kuhn wrote the first critique of the disappearance of copper she’d noticed in hospitals. During a training exercise on hygiene at Hamot Medical center in Pittsburgh, students swabbed various surfaces around the hospital, including toilets bowls and door knobs. She noticed the toilets were clean of microbes, while some of the fixtures were particularly dirty and grew dangerous bacteria when allowed to multiply on agar plates.

“Sleek and shining stainless steel doorknobs and push plates look reassuringly clean on a hospital door. By contrast, doorknobs and push plates of tarnished brass look dirty and contaminating,” she wrote at the time. “But even when tarnished, brass—an alloy typically of 67% copper and 33% zinc—[kills bacteria], while stainless steel—about 88% iron and 12% chromium—does little to impede bacterial growth.”
Ultimately, she wrapped her paper up with a simple enough conclusion for the entire healthcare system to follow. “If your hospital is being renovated, try to retain old brass hardware or have it repeated; if you have stainless steel hardware, make certain that it is disinfected daily, especially in critical-care areas.”
Decades later, and admittedly with funding from the Copper Development Association (a copper industry trade group), Keevil has pushed Kuhn’s research further. Working in his lab with some of the most feared pathogens in the world, he has demonstrated that not only does copper kill bacteria efficiently; it also kills viruses. (In 2015, he even demonstrated this phenomenon with a precursor to COVID-19, coronavirus 229E).
In Keevil’s work, he dips a plate of copper into alcohol to sterilize it. Then he dips it into acetone to get rid of any extraneous oils. Then he drops a bit of pathogen onto the surface. In moments it’s dry. The sample sits for anywhere from a few minutes to a few days. Then he shakes it in a box full of glass beads and a liquid. The beads scrape off bacteria and viruses into the liquid, and the liquid can be sampled to detect their presence. In other cases, he has developed microscopy methods which allow him to watch—and record—a pathogen being destroyed by copper the moment it hits the surface.
The effect looks like magic, he says, but at this point, the phenomena at play is well-understood science. When a virus or bacteria strikes the plate, it’s flooded with copper ions. Those ions penetrate cells and viruses like bullets. The copper doesn’t just kill these pathogens; it destroys them, right down to the nucleic acids, or reproductive blueprints, inside.
“There’s no chance of mutation [or evolution] because all the genes are being destroyed,” says Keevil. “That’s one of the real benefits of copper.” In other words, using copper doesn’t come with the risk of, say, over-prescribing antibiotics. It’s just a good idea.

In real-world testing, copper proves its worth

Outside of the lab, other researchers have tracked whether copper makes a difference when used in real-life medical contexts–which includes hospital door knobs for certain, but also places like hospital beds, guest-chair armrests, and even IV stands.
In 2015, researchers working on a Department of Defense grant compared infection rates at three hospitals, and found that when copper alloys were used in three hospitals, it reduced infection rates by 58%. A similar study was done in 2016 inside a pediatric intensive care unit, which charted a similarly impressive reduction in infection rate.
But what about expense? Copper is always more expensive than plastic or aluminum, and often a pricier alternative to steel.  But given that hospital-borne infections are costing the healthcare system as much as $45 billion a year—not to mention killing as many as 90,000 people—the copper upgrade cost is negligible by comparison.
Keevil, who no longer receives funding from the copper industry, believes the responsibility falls to architects to choose copper in new building projects. Copper was the first (and so far it is the last) antimicrobial metal surface approved by the EPA. (Companies in the silver industry tried and failed to claim it was antimicrobial, which actually led to an EPA fine.) Copper industry groups have registered over 400 copper alloys with the EPA to date. “We’ve shown copper-nickel is just as good as brass at killing bacteria and viruses,” he says. And copper nickel doesn’t need to look like an old trumpet; it’s indistinguishable from stainless steel.
As for the rest of the world’s buildings that haven’t been updated to rip out the old copper fixtures, Keevil has a piece of advice: “Don’t remove them, whatever you do. These are the best things you’ve got.”


Mark Wilson is a senior writer at Fast Company who has written about design, technology, and culture for almost 15 years. His work has appeared at Gizmodo, Kotaku, PopMech, PopSci, Esquire, American Photo and Lucky Peach

Copper Markets Falling Rapidly

Copper Markets Falling Rapidly,  Today 18/3/2020 has been the sharpest drop in prices since 2016 when it was last trading at this price.

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

General Waste Removal from Wembley and Surrounding Areas

We are offering General waste collection services in Wembley and surrounding areas.

We can collect fridges, mattresses, sofa's and all other types of general waste, we are even happy to clear builders waste at a reasonable cost.

Give us a call on 07802780631 for a rubbish removal quotation thanks


Monday, 9 March 2020

China issues additional import quotas

China issues additional import quotas

An additional 3,520 metric tons of copper scrap, 100 metric tons of aluminum scrap, 170 metric tons of steel scrap and 6,460 metric tons of paper scrap have been permitted to enter the country.
March 9, 2020

The Bureau of International Recycling, Brussels, has alerted its members that the Solid Waste & Chemicals Management Centre of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People's Republic of China published its fourth batch of scrap import quotas for 2020 March 7. The original list has been published in Chinese.
According to the Solid Waste and Chemical Management Centre, this fourth batch allows 3,520 metric tons of copper scrap, 100 metric tons of aluminum scrap, 170 metric tons of steel scrap and 6,460 metric tons of paper scrap to enter China.
China-based Shanghai Metals Market (SMM) reports that 305,640 metric tons of copper scrap imports have been approved to date in 2020, accounting for 54.5 percent of the total 15 batches of import quotas in 2019, which totaled 560,600 metric tons.
To date, 284,549 metric tons of aluminum scrap imports have been permitted, while 5,120 metric tons of ferrous scrap and nearly 3.22 million metric tons of recovered fiber imports have been permitted.

Saturday, 22 February 2020

24Hr Scrap Metal Collection Phone Number

You will now be able to contact us or leave a message on our 24hr Scrap Metal Collection Phone Number outside normal office hours.

Tel 08726300123 calls charged at 14p per min

Monday, 3 February 2020

How Landfill Tax has lead to waste disposal price rises

Since 1996 the price to dispose general waste has become more and more expensive, Many customers who have not used waste disposal services for a while have been shocked when they have been quoted for waste disposal services and the problem is more money goes on Landfill tax than we even make in profit.

We have been charging £240 plus vat for many years to remove a 1 tonne load of mixed general waste, to dispose this 1 tonne load the cost is between £130 - £160 plus vat at a waste transfer station, These waste transfer stations have to charge these rates and they rise further every year to cover the cost of the Landfill tax.

I am struggling to find information where this tax revenue is spent, surely the billions the tresury collect could be invested in state of the art recycling plants creating thousand of jobs, there is a major lack of recycling facilities available to businesses especially for plastics, only private companies are addressing these problems, When it comes to environmental issues the governments answer always seems to be fines and taxes but never investing in better ways of doing things.

Date of changeStandard rate (£ per tonne)Lower rate (£ per tonne)
1 October 199672
1 April 1999102
1 April 2000112
1 April 2001122
1 April 2002132
1 April 2003142
1 April 2004152
1 April 2005182
1 April 2006212
1 April 2007242
1 April 2008322.50
1 April 2009402.50
1 April 2010482.50
1 April 2011562.50
1 April 2012642.50
1 April 2013722.50
1 April 2014802.50
1 April 2015 (See note 1)82.602.60
1 April 201684.402.65
1 April 201786.102.70
1 April 201888.952.80
1 April 201991.352.90
1 April 202094.153.00

Our company does not export scrap metals

We quite often get requests from business people from overseas asking if we would sell them our metals, We do not offer an exporting service and only sell in bulk to customers based in the UK and that we have already been trading with for many years. We are happy with the arrangement and believe in the saying "if it's not broke don't try and fix it" in other words it works for us.

We do not collect shipping containers

We are often asked do we collect shipping containers and the answer to that is "no" the main problem being transportation costs out weigh the value of the metal, We can recommend a company called Container Disposal, however there would be charge for this service here is a link to their website.

scrap metal shipping container

Friday, 31 January 2020

Coronavirus has effected metal markets especially the price of Copper

Coronavirus has effected the price of Copper, As well as other metal markets, here's a chart showing a substantial drop just in the last few days.

scrap copper price chart

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Most scrap companies don't want discarded skips

Had a strange call today from a land owner offering me some free metal and quite a lot of it, Ok sounds good what's the catch.

Well it was a skip that had not been paid for by the builder, so by the sounds of it skip company were refusing to collect it until they were paid, the land owner rather than take on the liabilty as this is his land and pay for the skip thought it would be wise to contact Scrap Metal companies and offer this skip (which was full of waste by the way) for free, obviously no scrap companies would take the skip as it would be classed as stolen goods and even if the skip company said "ok you can have the skip", the price to get rid of the waste inside the skip would cost triple if not 4 times more than the metal is actually worth.

The mind boggles at what lengths people will go to save parting with their money.    

Unfortunately this is not the first time we had a call like this, We also get a lot of calls from people living in some of the most exclusive postcodes in London asking for washing machines and white goods to be collected from their properties for free, When we have explained this is not viable and we need to charge as the price of iron is too low, These same people will try to turn the call into an argument and act like it's their given right to have it collected for free and also act as though the small charge of £30-£40 is like their parting with £1000's of pounds, We are very grateful to iphone which allows us to block these people and never hear from them again.

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Burning Cable for Copper content is unsafe and illegal

Burning copper wire is not a safe way to extract the copper inside it. Burning copper wire releases carcinogens and toxins into the air and into the ground around the burn site, including “dioxins, furans, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, particulate matter, heavy metals (such as lead, arsenic, selenium and cadmium) and other pollutants.” plus doing this may lead to a large fine from the environment agency.

You might wonder how burning copper wire yourself is different from the industrial process used to reclaim copper from insulated wire. It’s true that heat is also used to strip copper wire in a commercial setting. There is a big difference between holding copper wire over a flame, as an amateur might do, and a factory that uses the intense heat of an industrial incinerator and appropriate venting procedures. Burning insulated copper wire yourself releases toxins that can damage your nervous system, respiratory system, and cardiovascular system, not to mention increasing your risk of cancer, It is much better to just to buy a cheap cable stripping machine than take all these heath risks. 

Although it is not illegal to sell burnt copper we strongly recommend not to burn it. 

Monday, 20 January 2020

Scrap Cars and Vans


Image result for scrap car

But we can recommend 2 good Scrap Yards that buy Scrap Cars & Scrap Vans.

If you are in London try London Auto Parts 0208 998 8045

Alperton Ln, Wembley HA01DX


If you are in a 20 mile radius of Milton Keynes try F W Cox Metals Ltd 01908 670669

Chesney Wold Bleak Hall Bletchley MK61LS

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Scrap Yard will be open again for Business from 3/1/2020

Scrap Yard will be open again for Business from 3/1/2020

You can now book a Scrap Metal Collection of your Lead, Copper, Brass and Cables.  

Or bring your Non-Ferrous Scrap Metals to

Wembley Recycling Ltd
560 Market Way Middlesex HA0 2BT