Best Practices in Metal Recycling

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At Moffatt Scrap Iron & Metal Inc. in Campbellville, we believe in being the most trusted source for metal recycling in an environmentally-friendly manner that stands above the rest. That’s why it’s important for us to always use best practice for metal recycling. So what does that mean?

We have an environmentally-friendly focus at Moffatt Scrap Iron & Metal Inc. We believe it is our responsibility to take a green approach to metal recycling to help contribute to a healthier environment. And one of the first steps in our approach to metal recycling is identifying the difference between ferrous and non-ferrous materials and recycling them accordingly.

Ferrous vs. Non-Ferrous Metals

Ferrous metals are any metals containing iron, including mild steel, carbon steel, stainless steel, cast iron and wrought iron. They’re often used because of their durability and magnetic qualities, so they can be found in housing, piping, automobiles, appliances, tools and hardware. Ferrous metals make up the most recycled materials in the world.

Non-ferrous metals, on the other hand, tend to be more malleable. Non-ferrous metals include aluminum, brass, copper, nickel, tin, lead and zinc, as well as gold and silver. They tend to be lighter than ferrous metals and have a higher resistance to rust and corrosion, making them ideal for gutters, water pipes, roofing and road signs.

Another difference between ferrous and non-ferrous metals? How much they’re worth. With non-ferrous metals, we pay you by the pound and they tend to be worth more in general. Ferrous materials are bought by the ton.

Storage & Process Methods

Another important factor in metal recycling is having the best storage and process methods. At Moffatt Scrap Iron & Metal Inc., we always make sure to have designated areas for different materials. In addition to separating ferrous and non-ferrous materials, we also sort recycled metal by type, what it’s been used for, and the quality of the metal.

All of our storage, processing, and metal recycling is in compliance with provincial legislation. And our metal shredder meets European standards for recycling – which are some of the toughest recycling standards in the world.

End of Life Vehicles

On September 30, 2016, the Ontario government introduced new regulations for recycling end of life vehicles. This includes regulations for collecting, handling, transporting, storing, processing and disposing. At Moffatt Scrap Iron & Metal Inc., we were proactively prepared for these changes. We are registered with the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) as a site for end of life vehicles, including the proper disposal of any fluids and oils from vehicles.

Through these best practices for metal recycling, Moffatt Scrap Iron & Metal Inc. diverts metals from landfills and ensures proper recycling and reuse. It’s our goal to help you contribute to a cleaner environment through our recycling and sustainable processes.

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