Worth an estimated £5.6 billion, the world of scrap metal can be a confusing place. With over 400 million tonnes recycled each year worldwide, there are ferrous and non-ferrous metals, treatment facilities and more materials than you can shake a stick at. We delve into the wide world of metal recycling, and provide answers to those who may not understand the dealings and procedures.

Can I just turn up?

Yes, most sites up and down the country take on site recycling. Bradford Waste Traders processes all scrap metal at our dedicated site in Bradford. Bring us the small items and we’ll collect the bulky ones. Our team friendly and helpful and we do our best to ensure on-site waits are not long.

If you live in Yorkshire and have waste to recycle, you can speak to our waste management specialists when you visit. You’ll receive the best possible advice on how to dispose of your scrap.

Why should I recycle?

There are many benefits to recycling, not only does it help reduce the amount of waste that end up in landfill, it also helps contribute to a greener climate. The latest estimates suggest that recycling cutsCO2 emissions by 200 million tonnes each year. Recycling steel in particular also has a plethora of benefits such as reducing air pollution by 86%, water use by 40% and water pollution by 76%.

The UK produced 1.5 million tonnes of WEEE in 2014, an average of 23.5KG per person- that’s roughly the size of a fully-grown Staffordshire Bull Terrier!

Ferrous and non-ferrous metals?

Both types of metal alloys and recyclable, there is one significant difference between ferrous and non-ferrous materials – iron.

Ferrous metals contain iron. The most common ferrous material is low-carbon steel which contains roughly 0.3% carbon. Prone to rusting and corrosion, it is stronger than wood, plastic and most non-ferrous metals.

With good corrosion resistance, non-ferrous metals include aluminium alloys which are not as strong as steel, is lighter and more expensive. Copper is commonly used in electrical wiring, is extremely flexible and is one of the best electrical conductors, much electrical waste contains copper.

How long does it take to get money?

Money becomes available almost immediately once scrap has been weighed and graded. New scrap metal trading laws mean that cash-in-hand is no longer given, so bank transfers are now used – this can be in the form of a bank transfer within the hour or postal cheque for you to cash.