Aluminum

Aluminium recycling is the process by which scrap aluminium can be reused in products after its initial production. Recycling scrap aluminium requires only 5% of the energy used to make new aluminium.

For example: mag wheels, bulk lot of drinking cans, TV aerials, fabricated aluminium items, aluminium chairs, industry off-cuts

Brass

Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc; the proportions of zinc and copper can be varied to create a range of brasses with varying properties.

For example: taps, brass pipe, ornaments.

Bronze

Bronze is an 'alloy' metal & comprises of mostly copper with a little bit of tin in it. It has been forged and dated back before the roman empire and is still used today. It is known its strength, hardness and ability to be cast into many shapes. Bronze has been recycled for thousands of years.

For example: bronze statues etc

Cast Iron

Cast iron is iron or a ferrous alloy which has been heated until it liquefies, and is then poured into a mould to solidify.

For example: farm rollers, bar-b-que hot plates, pot belly stoves, industrial machinery parts.

Copper

Copper is a mineral that is found in the Earth’s crust. It is a ductile metal that has high thermal and electrical conduction properties.

For example: hot water cylinders, domestic water piping, stripped electrical wiring, copper spouting

Copper Wire

Copper has been used in electric wiring since the invention of the electromagnet and the telegraph in the 1820s.Today, despite competition from other materials, copper remains the preferred electrical conductor in nearly all categories of electrical wiring.

For example: all plastic coated electrical wiring

Lead

Lead enjoys one of the highest recycling rates of all materials in common use today. This is a result of its fundamental properties, good design and the ways in which it is used, which make lead based products easily identifiable and economic to collect and recycle. As a result, over half of the lead produced and used each year throughout the world has been used before in other products. What is more, because lead is a naturally occurring element, the quality of the recycled lead is identical to that of primary metal from mining.

For example: lead weights, lead drain pipes, roof flashings.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a ferrous metal, but it is sometimes classified as nonferrous by the recycling and scrap industries.A ferrous metal is one that contains primarily iron. Nonferrous metals are all metals other than iron, and alloys without an appreciable iron content.

For example: sink benches, industrial equipment particularly in the food industry

Steel

Steel is derived from an ore that has to be mined from non-renewable resources of the Earth. Iron ore is common and is quite plentiful but in that form it is usually combined with oxygen or other elements like sulphur or carbon. Large amounts of energy are again needed to produce the pig iron from the ore.

Steel is the most commonly used metal and many of the items you come in contact with every day are made of steel.