When you think of recycling, you may think of the standard recycling bins you see that collect paper, metal, and plastic. Recycling is actually possible with even larger items like washing machines or refrigerators. There is a lot that goes on in a recycling facility. When your items first arrive at the recycling facility, we sort them. Metals are first sorted into two categories: ferrous and non-ferrous metals. All that means is if the item is ferrous, it’s magnetic. If it doesn’t have magnetic properties, then it’s non-ferrous. Keep reading to learn more about the sorting process and all that happens at a recycling facility. Remember, if you want to throw out your old appliances, no matter how big or small, we’ll be happy to pay you for them. Give M&M Recycling a call or schedule your appointment online today!
From Sorting The Metal to Creating New Things
The first thing that happens when items arrive at the recycling facility is sorting. We sort the metals into categories- aluminum, steel, copper, etc. Then, we compress the group of same metals together so that they take up less space. Next, we crush and shred the metal into small pieces. Once the metals are crushed into little pieces, they are taken into a furnace where they are melted. Once the metal is completely melted, we check for any impurities to ensure that there is only one type of metal in the batch. Finally, the metal is solidified once again to make new items like building materials, appliances, furniture, and more.
What Metals Can Be Recycled?
When you think of scrap metal, you may be thinking of aluminum cans. Did you know, aluminum cans are the most common recycled metal in the world? Believe it or not, it’s also common to recycle large metal items like refrigerators, washing machines, microwaves, etc. In order to be accepted for recycling, items just need to be at least 50% metal. In fact, the magnetic properties of most appliances makes it much easier to recycle. Among the metals that can be recycled, copper is usually the most valuable. If you choose to recycle copper items, you could get a good amount of cash. Overall, just about any metal can be recycled. The amount of cash could vary depending on the type of metal it is and the condition that it’s in. To learn more about scrap metal, get in touch with our team at M&M Recycling.
The Wonderful thing about recycling metal is that it can be recycled over and over again without its properties being degraded. Statistics suggest that only about 30% of the world’s metal is being recycled and that’s just not enough. If you’re thinking about recycling metal or need more guidance in taking the steps, M&M Recycling is happy to help. We have the tools and the resources to get you on track with your scrap metal recycling journey. Give us a call or schedule online today.