Metal Recycling: The Facts

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Metal recycling is a particularly valuable recycling service as many metals can be reused repeatedly, saving on costs associated with using raw materials.

Did you know that recycling one aluminium can, saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours.

Steel and aluminium are two of the most common types of metal, however recycling metals doesn’t stop there. Items including household appliances, cars, stainless steel and auto parts all come under the metal recycling category.

For a list of the different types of metal we can recycle, click here.


Metal recovery and recycling helps to keep the environment clean, but also benefits the communities and economy. We’ve outlined 10 interesting facts about metal recycling.

• During the recycling process, metals are separated from other materials by large magnets

• Recycling scrap metals, including iron and aluminium can benefit local construction projects such as roads and bridges

• Recycled aluminium can be melted at a much lower temperature than new aluminium, therefore saving on energy

• In as little as 60 days, a recycled aluminium can is able to be back on the supermarket shelf

• Recycled zinc production uses 76% less energy than primary

• Before being melted down and recast into new products, metals are shredded into smaller pieces and sorted by types

• Recycling scrap metal reduces the need for landfills sites and leads to a positive effect on water supply, soil and land usage

• Scrap metals are refashioned for use in creating bikes, cars, aircraft and other modes of transportation

• There is no limit to how many times metals can be recycled, meaning they can be recycled again and again

• Recycling tin requires 99% less energy than creating if from scratch


Recycling is an excellent way of saving energy and conserving the environment.
The use of scrap metal, results in fewer natural resources needed to manufacture metals. This is beneficial as natural resources are finite and costly to extract. Up to 95% less energy is consumed in the recycling process, compared to manufacturing from new materials.

Metal Recycling helps to protect the environment, reduce energy waste and support a vital workforce, and in general an easily recyclable material.