How To Recycle MetalHow To Recycle Metal

Why do you think it is important to recycle metals? In the, metal recycling has already made billions of pounds as revenue. Half of the used metals are recycled to supply the needs within the country while the other half is exported. These are very important materials that are used for different things such as trucks, cars, ships, household appliances, ships, railway tracks, and more.

When you participate in recycling metals, you can do this cycle again and again because they do not lose their properties even after a number of times of being recycled. After an item that is made of metal has reached its life expectancy, it can be recycled and used 100% to make new pieces of metals. They do not really have to end that easily. These metals can still be converted to more useful things. Aluminium and steel are some of the most common metals that are recycled. Any recycled steel material can be differentiated from the aluminium with the use of the magnet. Steel has magnetic properties while aluminium has not. The segregation of the garbage into steel and aluminium is already a good start of recycling. Plastics would even be harder to segregate due to their similar features.

Another way of classifying metals would be if they are ferrous or non-ferrous. These two types of metals should be recycled properly to make them more useful to the people within and outside the UK.

Ferrous Metals
These are metals that are derived from iron and steel. Thus, these are usually recycled from cars as scrap metals, cans, household appliances, and more. According to a study conducted by the British Metal Recycling Association (BMRA) in 2005, there are more than four and a half million tonnes of ferrous metals from iron and steel. These are then recycled to make new pieces of steel which enabled the UK to export more than six million tonnes of metals. Another report stated that the collection and recycling of ferrous metals has been growing five percent in every year that has passed in the past decade.

Non-ferrous Metals
These come from aluminium and copper, as well as from other metals like titanium, brass, chromium, nickel, and more. Aluminium is recycled from foil milk bottle tops, drink cans, baking trays, kitchen foil, foil wrappers, and more. Non-ferrous metals are generated at less amount but they are more expensive than the ferrous metals. As per the BMRA study still in 2005, there are more than a million tonnes of metals that were recycled in the said year with half of them from aluminium. The rest is composed mainly of copper and the other metals.

You can start the drive to recycle metals at home. You can teach your children as to how to segregate the garbage that you have at home. There are should be a separate container for all the types of metals so that they can be easily noticed during recycling time. Aside from your home, you can look for other sources of metals that you can recycle as well.
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