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Monday, 13 August 2012

Metal Recycling Do's & Don't's

Don't collect metal pressurised containers especially gas bottles most Scrap Yards will reject them as they can explode when the metal is melted down.

Scrap Metal Dealers will accept containers that have had pressure valves removed, however do not attempt this with gas bottles.

Don't collect aluminium beer barrels even if they are offered for free, in the eyes of the law this is metal theft and heavy fines would be imposed.

Beer Barrels are the property of the brewery they came from and must go back where they came from.

Don't collect fridges or freezers for recycling they are now banned from all scrap yards.

Don't collect shopping trolleys for recycling unless you have had permission and a covering letter from the store they belong to.

Don't collect TV's they are also banned from scrap yards.

Don't collect metal wheels that still have tyres most scrap yards will reject them.

You may be able to get a local tyre fitter to remove and dispose the tyres however the cost may out weigh what the actual metal is worth so charging for wheels with tyres attached is recommended.  

Don't collect or purchase BT cable it is also illegal, BT cable looks a bit like lead pipe it has lots of thin copper strands within the lead outer casing.

Don't collect metal safes although they seem like a heavy lump of metal they are also banned from Scrap Yards, the reason being safes usually contain fireproof cement within the outer casing which contaminates the metal.

Some scrap yards may be able to remove the fireproof cement with heavy machinery however there would more than likely be a cost for this service.


Saturday, 11 August 2012

Amazing facts about Aluminium Recycling

Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours, a computer for 3 hours, or a TV for 2 hours.

We sometimes buy up to 300 kilos of aluminium for recycling in just one transaction, If one can saves that amount of energy then what our company recycles throughout the year must be doing a great job in saving our energy resources.

Due to price rises of metal, cardboard and clothes the recycling facilities we now have in London are excellent, however it would be good to see a few tyre shredding companies in London that actually pay for the tyres, it would also be very good if we had scrap yards in London that deal in plastics, at present plastic has a very low export value so there is no real incentive for companies to collect it for recycling.

Maybe in a fews years plastics and car tyres will have a value fingers crossed.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Buying Scrap Metal

We often receive phone calls and emails asking whether we can buy just one single item such as a cooker or a washing machine unfortunately as a collection service it just is not viable for us to do this as the profit would not even cover our diesel costs.

If you are selling ferrous metal then we will only buy if your have over 250 kilos within 3 miles of the London NW9 area, if your live more than 3 miles then we will only buy 500 kilos upwards.

However we will buy a small amount of ferrous metal if we are already buying non ferrous metals from your site, home etc. 

We do still offer a free scrap metal collection service for anything we cannot buy, If we can buy your ferrous metal then we will pay 4 pence for every kilo we purchase which equals to 40 pounds for every metric tonne.
If you are unsure what ferrous metal is the best way to find out is by checking with a magnet, If a magnet sticks then it is ferrous metal, if the magnet does not stick then it is non-ferrous.