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Types of Copper we buy and sell

Here are some photos of the types of copper we buy and sell Dry Bright Wire This type of copper be found inside insulated cable, It is ...

Sunday 8 December 2019

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Most waste collection companies will have their waste license registration numbers advertised and their paperwork, There's no harm in asking for the company your dealing with to provide their waste registration number, If they are Licensed they would have no problem are with providing this.

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Friday 6 December 2019

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Ferrous Metal Prices have dropped significantly

In the last 2 Years Ferrous Metal Prices have dropped significantly, For this reason free scrap metal collections can only be offered if you have a fairly large amount and the metal is stacked in a area which is close to our vehicle.

So this will mean most small collections of ferrous metals for example washing machines, cookers, dishwashers would all be chargable items.

Below I have included 2 charts that show how ferrous metal prices have dropped since 2018 up until the present date, to anyone who is not familiar with the term ferrous metals, I will explain for you.

Ferrous Metals are Steel, Iron and Cast Iron the word Ferrous is derived from the Latin word ferrum ("iron") all Ferrous metals contain Iron, the quickest and easiest way to check if you have ferrous metals is to hover a magnet over your metals to see if a magnet sticks then that will confirm whether you have ferrous metals or not, If a magnet does not stick this will show, that you have a more valuable Non-Ferrous metal. 
Non Ferrous Metals are as Follows Lead, Copper, Brass, Aluminium and Stainless Steel.
Non-Ferrous stainless steel is often mistaken for chrome iron and visa versa, the reason for this is the 2 metals are almost identical as mentioned a magnet would clarify this as chrome iron has a strong magnetic pull. 
High grade stainless steel has a very weak magnetic pull which can make things confusing but it is still considered non ferrous. 

Here is a link to a long list of items that are considered ferrous metals hope you find this helpful.

 Here you can see in the first chart  below dating from Jan 2018 - Jan 2019 a sharp drop in ferrous metal prices.

First Quarter 2018 Steel Price Compared to Current Price
The Second chart below is part fact part forecast, Ferrous metal prices were expected to rise in 2020 as this forecast shows but that just did not happen due to low production during an ongoing pandemic, the market actually continued dropping.

We will update this post with more recent charts in due course.

scrap metal price chart 2019

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Tuesday 3 December 2019

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Tuesday 24 September 2019

Common forms of Scrap Brass we Buy and Sell

Mixed Scrap Brass

The price of scrap brass is roughly around 2 thirds of the price of scrap copper,

Brass is an alloy is usually made of copper and zinc. Most brass contains about 60% copper this explains why brass is 2 thirds of the price of copper.

scrap brass

Mixed Brass usually comes in the form of taps and valves, We buy this type of brass on a regular basis, We also buy Brass ornaments, Brass sheeting and anything else made from Brass.

scrap brass
The photo above is of brass taps covered in chrome, sometimes we get new customers asking us what metal taps are made of as the coating disguises the brass underneath, when they are told it's valuable brass they are pleasantly surprised but also express their regret with how many taps they have thrown into a skip thinking they had no value, the quality requirement of Brass has increased over the last couple of years and Scrap Brass with flexi-pipe or plastic may have some weight or price reduction for our time removing the unwanted attachments, the main reason for this is we can no longer sell brass unless the metal is almost 100 percent brass.

The above picture shows brass with unwanted flexipipe attached

Tip: Scratch your metal taps with a file if a yellow golden colour shines through then it's unmistakably brass.

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Saturday 27 July 2019

Common Forms of Scrap Lead We Buy and Sell

Here are the 2 most common forms of Scrap Lead that we buy and sell, Lead is a very easy metal to Identify, Although when Lead has just been melted it is a silvery colour it will soon turn back to a grey colour, contact with the atmosphere makes the surface gradually oxidize.

Another great way to identify lead is trying to bend it, Lead is a very soft metal and can be moved and bent into a different shape without much effort.

Lead is a very dense and heavy metal and is often used as ballast to weigh things down, Lead is a nonferrous metal and has no magnetic pull this is also another good way to Identify Lead.

Scrap Lead Sheeting

Used lead for roofing is a common form that is recycled, paint will make no difference to the price however if there is asphalte and mortar attached then this will bring the price down.

scrap lead

Scrap Lead Pipes

Lead pipes are also a very common form which is regularly recycled, most properties owners that have their plumbing redone will have changed over to plastic or copper pipes, lead pipes now days are considered obsolete.  

Although Lead is a very heavy material it is a very quick and easy material to handle, weighing and buying lead usually takes us around 5 -10 minutes so you will be back on your way with a lightning fast payment before you know it.  

scrap lead

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Tuesday 16 July 2019

Common Types of Scrap Cable / Electrical We Buy and Sell

Scrap Household Cable / Electrical Wire

This is pretty much any double layered cable which has a copper content between 40% - 50%
Most data cable can also be mixed in with household cable,  
All plugs, sockets etc must be removed before selling as this will bring down the final value of the your cable. 

Please note: we cannot buy any data cable that has BT markings as BT cable is now considered illegal.

scrap cable

Low Grade / Armoured Cable / SWA

Low Grade cable is triple layered copper cable with an extra layer of steel as there are so many layers this cable is usually bought at a lower price to household cable, however the price will get higher if the Armoured cables you are selling has a bigger circumference as this usually means there is a better copper content.

Please note: Lead Armoured Cables and Armoured Aluminium Cables are considered very low grade and would be bought at a lesser rate than standard armoured cables, we recommend stripping the cables if possible. 

scrap armoured cable

Single Core Cable

Singles have a much higher copper content usually between 60% - 70% for this reason we can pay you a much better rate for your cable, the final price would be considerably less if it has plugs attached as we would have to spend time removing the plugs and other attachments it also brings down the overall weight of the cable, The reason why these cables are called singles is due to the fact the they only have one single layer of pvc sleeve and one single copper core, this makes single core cable very easy to identify.

scrap single core cable

For latest Scrap Cable Price call today.

If you need a scrap cable collection it is recommended that you try to let it build up a bit before calling us, as cable does not have much weight, a single bag of scrap pvc wire may only weigh around 10kg, so if possible give us a call when you have around 10 bags of cable this will make it more worthwhile and help cover our outgoings, If have just 1 bag of cable and other metals like lead and cable for example then that will be ok for a collection.  

Wednesday 12 June 2019

Types of Copper we buy and sell

Here are some photos of the types of copper we buy and sell

Dry Bright Wire

This type of copper be found inside insulated cable, It is well worth removing this copper from large armoured cables as the Dry Bright Wire is of high value and can be sold at a better rate that copper pipes.

scrap dry bright wire

Clean Copper Tubes 

Clean copper tubes is basically Clean Copper Pipes that have no paint solder of plastic attachments it is the second most valuable common type of copper, other clean types of copper can be sold along side clean tubes.  

scrap clean copper tube

Heavy Copper also know as Copper 98% 

As you can see in the picture below Heavy Copper has paint and solder attachments and is not as good as clean copper so the price is usually slightly less.

scrap heavy copper

Copper Braziery

Copper Braziery is basically copper pipes with some attachments as brass has a lesser value than Copper Braziery prices are usually 50p - £1 less than copper 98%

scrap braziery

Copper Cylinders

Copper Cylinders are usually priced at the same price as braziery although weight can be taken off for insulation and limescale, clean tanks with brass elements and insulation removed can be sold as copper 98%.

scrap copper cylinder

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Wednesday 15 May 2019

Scrap Metal Collection from London, Luton, Hemel Hempstead, Watford, St Albans, Bletchley, Milton Keynes

We are offering our Scrap Metal Collection Service from all the listed areas.

London, Luton, Hemel Hempstead, Watford, St Albans, Bletchley, Milton Keynes

Our Mobile Scrap Metal Weigh and Pay Mobile Service is available in all these areas.

We are buying Lead, Copper, Brass and all types of cable.

Please call us on 07802780631 if you would like a collection, if we have not mentioned your area don't worry if it is not too far away from the areas mentioned it should still be ok.
Van for Scrap Metal Collections

Sunday 12 May 2019

Gateshead fridge plant

Nearly £6 million in funding was secured for a fridge recycling plant in Gateshead, 
Gap Waste Management, which is part of the family firm, the Gap Group, has said it secured £5.7 million in funding from private equity firms SQN Capital Management UK, Bridge and York Capital Partners, as well as through a mixture of other loans.
scrap fridges
The plant can process up to 100 fridges per hour
The Gap Group, based in Gateshead, said the plant will be capable of processing up to 100 fridges per hour, and is “strategically located”.

Peter Moody

Managing director of the Gap Group, Peter Moody, explained he is pleased to be moving forward with the plans after a long planning process.
He said: “After spending what has felt like a long time putting the necessary plans together, we are thrilled to see the funding come through to facilitate what will be a fantastic project and beneficial to so many. This will allow local waste to be treated by local people which is not only fantastic in terms of generating employment opportunities but also great from an environmental perspective”.
Gap Waste noted that it collects more than 100,000 fridges every year, collecting bulk shipments from across the UK and transporting them to the North East. Each collection weighs on average between five and six tonnes. Its largest source of waste arrives from CA sites.

2016 plant

The plant will follow on from a fully automated WEEE plant which the Gap Group built in 2016, as well as expanding an in house CRT recycling facility and reuse plant.
The video below shows GAP Waste collecting large domestic appliances and providing a “complete recycling service” with the recyclate being sold within the material recovery chain.
GAP Waste collects over 100,000 waste fridges per annum and collects bulk shipments and transport across the UK in its fleet, which average around five or six tonnes per load.

Tuesday 7 May 2019

Scrap Metal Collections Milton Keynes

We offer Scrap Metal Collections in Milton Keynes, We also cover Luton, Dunstable, Hemel Hempstead, Watford, St Albans, Northampton, Greater London, Central London...……….and many more.

We can offer our weigh and pay scrap metal service to all areas mentioned and always do our best to offer you the best price possible for Lead, Copper, Brass and Cables.

The service we offer is quick easy and will leave you feeling happy that you chose the right scrap metal company, If there is any jobs we can't do we will always offer to pass your contact details to other good scrap metal companies we know will also offer a quality service.

Below we have posted our Milton Keynes Scrap Metal promotion video for your interest and entertainment. 

Don't forget if you have metal that needs collecting in the Milton Keynes area give us a call today. 

Tuesday 30 April 2019

Domestic Fridge Freezer Waste Disposal Information

Domestic Fridge and Freezer disposal has become a bit of a problem since new environmental laws put a ban on fridge and freezers going into scrap yards as standard frag feed, The reason behind the ban was breaking up fridges and freezers causes harmful gasses to be released into the atmosphere.

We often get calls from people who are not aware of the change in the law and still think scrap collectors collect old fridges but this is no longer the case.

Since the ban there has been a spike in fridges and freezers being flytipped, This has also lead to an increase in the same problem the new law was trying to prevent, Fridges that are dumped in the street usually have their compressors cut and removed by unlicensed illegal scrap collectors, cutting the compressors from fridges and freezers leads to harmful gasses being released so we end up back to the same problem.

If you are a householder you can take your fridge or freezers to your local Council Tip and dispose it free of charge, this might not be case for all councils but most of them.

You could also arrange a fridge collection by the council however this might not be free with all councils each borough has a different charging system, today I was informed that someone in Milton Keynes was quoted £60 for a fridge collection by their local council, that is the highest charge I've seen so far.

We can offer fridge freezer disposal at a fair price, let us know what you have been quoted by your council and we will see if it's possible to offer a better deal.

Below is a picture of a flytipped fridge freezer this is a very common sight these days, Unfortunately more common on country lanes and other parts of our countryside,  more needs to be done to solve this problem.

picture of a dumped fridge freezer 

My personal view on solving the problem of flytipped  fridges is for government and councils to work together on creating state owned fridge treatment plants which can safely de-gas and remove the metals from the fridges and freezers at a profit, If people were offered even a small credit token of even £2 for each fridge they took along to a treatment site, I believe these fridges would no longer be flytipped and I'm sure people would be willing to collect them off the street and run them in if the incentive was there.

Saturday 27 April 2019

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If your new to cryptocurrency we recommend coinbase which is the most secure and established crypto exchange it can even be directly linked to your paypal for extra security and fast deposits and withdrawals.

Coinbase is one of the best know and well established places to hold bitcoin and other digital currencies, It is also a good place to buy and sell crypto currencies at a profit, It also very low fees each time you buy and sell.
On some trading platforms like Etoro you can loose money at a very fast rate as it works on a leverage system, in other words you don't actually own the stock, share, crypto etc, So if the prices drop and you have done a buy trade you can end up loosing all the money, Buying digital currencies on Coinbase is different because if the price of the digital currency drops you wont lose all your money as you will still own the units of crypto you hold, obviously it's not a good idea to buy any stock, share or crypto while the price is too high as it has only has one direction to go and that's down.

The risky part of buying crypto currencies is if you buy from a platform or store on a wallet that is not established and also if you buy from non established crypto projects as these are just companies and crypto companies can go bust like any other company which means the currency the issue will become worthless, Coinbase will only allow you to buy and sell digital money from digital currency companies that they have researched, Knowing this gives me much more confidence to be a digital money holder at Coinbase.
If your new to Bitcoin and digital currencies and you have heared of people making millions well yes this is true but unfortunately that is a train many of us missed as the bitcoin was trading for pennies back then and since then has spiked to thousands of pounds, however I think it's still worth while to hold some digital currency as it has a lot of future potential.    

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Here's a link to Bittrex if you ever want learn more about Digital Currencies

Friday 26 April 2019

Waste Clearance and Scrap Metal Collection Service in Milton Keynes

Waste Clearance and Scrap Metal Collection Service in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas.

We are offering and alternative to skip hire in the Milton Keynes area, fair prices single items and small collections welcome, we can clear fridges beds sofas and other household junk items, we can also collect from businesses.

waste collection van

We also buy non Ferrous Metals from Milton Keynes and Surrounding areas.
scrap copper collection van
open on sundays

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Sunday 7 April 2019

Metal Scrap Yard Location in Wembley Open Weekends

We have noticed from our customer feedback that people are sometimes finding it difficult to locate us, this is due to their sat navigation systems taking them to 560 High Rd Wembley rather than 560 Market Way HA02BT which is actually directly behind  Wembley High Road, so to make things easier we have included a map which shows the exact location of our business Wembley Recycling Ltd, We hope you find the map helpful also if you like our business you can leave a review through the link on the map, that would be greatly appreciated.

If your ever wonder where can I find a Scrap Yard near me then
just remember our name Wembley Recycling Ltd we our quite proud to say we are within walking distance of one of the world best known landmarks Wembley Stadium. 

Just in case you can't bring your metals to us don't worry we can come to you, we offer a mobile scrap metal service in and around London, we weigh and do an instant bank transfer exactly the same as we do at our scrap yard in Wembley.  
Also most of the time we can do a same day collection from your business or home address.  

Friday 15 February 2019

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How X Ray Fluorescence Works

How X Ray Fluorescence Works

Here's an interesting video on how XRF Technology works, XRF handheld devices are very useful when grading metals that are hard to identify like nickel and higher grades of stainless steel, It is also a very good tool for getting a 100 percent reading on gold, silver, platinum and other very precious metals unfortunately it can only be on a wish list of many traders as they don't come any cheaper the £10,000 for a very basic XRF device, also care needs to be taken using one of these devices as they work like an Xray machine and has similar radiation hazards.

Wednesday 13 February 2019

How Are Aluminium Cans Recycled? | How Do They Do It?

Have you ever wondered how they recycle Aluminium cans well here's a great video that shows you exactly how, this video shows amazing recycling machinery in action.
The video also shows you how they turn millions of aluminium cans into a 27 tonne aluminium ingot, then the ingot is turned back into millions of aluminium cans, the scrap aluminium cans basically do a full circle back into a brand new aluminium cans.

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Tuesday 12 February 2019


Ever wondered how they take the copper out of electric motors well here's a couple of great videos showing exactly how this process is done.
As you will see in the videos even with this great machinery it's still quite a time consuming job, I don't know of any UK companies using this machinery, generally electric motors are exported from the UK and this process is done in the countries who have bought the motors. If copper prices really spiked it probably be worth while having one of these machines. 

Saturday 9 February 2019

Urban Mining Documentary mobile phone scrap

Great documentary about mobile phone scrap and how one large company is helping poor people in Africa by recycling mobile phones in bulk, I'm not aware are any companies in the Uk that offer this type of service. 

Monday 4 February 2019


Great video showing how copper is Shredded / Granulated then separated on a very large scale, People often ask how do they take the copper out of all that cable well this video gives you the answer.

We do our own granulating and separating but only on a very small scale nothing like what you see in the video.

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We collect scrap metal from London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire.

We collect all types of Scrap Metal, We pay good prices for Lead, Copper, Brass, Stainless Steel, Aluminium, Zinc and all Types of Cable.

We collect scrap metal from London, Middlesex, Surrey, Essex, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire.

Not only do we collect scrap metal in big vans but we also collect scrap metal in small vans, That's how we can do small jobs like buying and collecting just 1 bag of copper, all the way up to big jobs like a buying and collecting few large van loads of cable. 

We have many years experience in metal recycling and every job we do goes like clockwork, we take the stress out of turning your metals in money, the only thing you will need to worry about is what to spend it on, which is a pretty good thing in my book.

scrap metal collection van

Saturday 2 February 2019


Good video explaining the difference between copper, brass and bronze, The 2 metals brass and bronze can often be confused with each other however bronze does have a slightly higher value, If you have a fair amount of bronze some scrap yards will buy it as bronze at a higher rate but if you only have a small amount most scrap yards will just buy it as brass and throw the bronze in with their own brass, bronze is not a common metal that comes into a scrap yard, In some cases bronze can be confused for copper but once the metal has been scraped with a file the distinctive metal colouring will show wether it is copper or bronze or even brass in some cases.

Friday 1 February 2019

Scrap Metal Yard open every Sunday

As mentioned in an older post We are open every Sunday
hours vary anywhere between 9am-7pm, We recommend calling first 07802780631.

We chose Sunday to be one of our main trading days to help building contractors and other types of tradesmen get their vehicles
empty and ready for work on a Monday morning, as having scrap metal in their way can leave less room in the van for picking up building materials for their site work. 

We also noted that most tradesman were also uncomfortable with leaving their valuable scrap metals on site over the weekend as there is more of a risk of it being stolen, so giving the option of emptying their van on a Sunday is an option that many of my customers are grateful of having.

We sometimes miss out one or two days in the week to make up for the days we done over the weekend so we always recommend that you call first so we can let you know if we are open or not. 

So don't forget every Sunday you will be able to sell your Scrap Lead, Scrap Copper, Scrap Brass and Scrap Cable to our Metal Recycling Business based in Wembley, Instant Bank transfer available proof of address and valid I.D must be provided.

You will still receive an instant payment even on a Sunday, new customers are always welcome.

Don't worry if you only have a small time slot to sell your metals to us, in most cases we will serve you straight away, we will put your metals into wheelie bins roll them on to the scales, we then write the correct weights down in kilograms, this is a very simple and fast process, which helps us turn your metals into money in a very short amount of time, our bank transfer system is also lightning quick, so you will not need to do any waiting around for a payment. 

Summary fast service fast payment open Sunday = Happy Customers.

scrap yard open on sundays

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Monday 28 January 2019

We do not sell car parts or buy scrap cars, We recommed F W Cox Metals Ltd and London Auto Parts

We do not sell car parts or buy scrap cars, We recommend F W Cox Metals Ltd and London Auto Parts

F W Cox Metals ltd are based at Chesney Wold, Bleak 

Hall, Milton Keynes MK6 1LS · 01908 670669
and are a very good business if you are scrapping a car or
need car parts.

London Auto Parts are based at  19 Alperton Lane, Wembley HA0 1DX ·
020 8997 8787 and are also 
a very good business if you are scrapping a car 
or need car parts.

Sunday 27 January 2019

What is the difference between the magnetic properties of 304 and 316 stainless steel?

Magnetic and non-Magnetic Stainless Steel

There are several families of stainless steels with different physical properties. The magnetic properties of stainless steel are very dependent on the elements added into the alloy. A basic stainless steel has a ‘ferritic’ structure and is magnetic, formed from the addition of chromium – it can be hardened through the addition of carbon, making it ‘martensitic’. However, the most common stainless steels are ‘austenitic’ – these have a higher chromium content and nickel is also added. It is the nickel which modifies the physical structure of the steel and makes it theoretically non-magnetic.

304 stainless steel contains chromium (min. 18%), and nickel (min. 8%). It is an austenite steel and is only slightly responsive to magnetic fields. It also contains 18 – 20% chromium and 8-10.50% nickel, and lesser quantities of some other elements.

316 stainless steel is a molybdenum-alloyed steel. The fact that it is also negligibly responsive to magnetic fields means that it can be used in applications where a non-magnetic metal is required. It also contains a number of other elements in varying concentrations.

Type Analysis of Stainless Steel

Steel composition

Steel composition detail

Transformation from non-magnetic to magnetic phases

As both 316 and 304 stainless steels are austenitic, when they cool, the iron remains in the form of austenite (gamma iron), a phase of iron which is nonmagnetic. The different phases of solid iron correspond to different crystal structures. In other alloys of steel, this high-temperature phase of iron transforms to a magnetic phase when the metal cools. The presence of nickel in the stainless steel alloys stabilizes austenite against this phase transition as the alloy cools to room temperature. This corresponds to a somewhat larger magnetic susceptibility than we might expect for other nonmagnetic materials, but is still well below what might be considered magnetic.

However, this does not mean that you should expect to measure such a low susceptibility on any item of 304 or 316 stainless steel that you encounter. Any process which can change the crystal structure of stainless steel can cause austenite to be converted to the ferromagnetic martensite or ferrite forms of iron. These processes include cold working and welding. It is also possible for austenite to spontaneously convert to martensite at low temperatures. To complicate matters further, the magnetic properties of these alloys depend on the alloy composition. Within the allowed ranges of variation of Ni and Cr, significant differences in magnetic properties may be observed for a given alloy.

Practical implications for removal of stainless steel particles

Both 304 and 316 stainless steel possess paramagnetic characteristics.  As a result of these properties small particles (approx 0.1-3mm dia sphere for example) can be attracted to powerful magnetic separators positioned in the product stream. Depending upon their weight and specifically their weight ratio to magnetic attraction, these small particles will be held to the magnets during the production process.

These can then be removed during the magnet cleaning operation. From our experience 304SS small particles are more likely to be held in the flow than 316 SS particles due to its slightly more magnetic nature.