At United Scrap Metal Traders the more frequently recycled metals are scrap steel, iron, lead, aluminium, copper, stainless steel and zinc.
For more information on the types of metals we recycle, please see What We Buy.
There are two main categories of metals: ferrous and non-ferrous. Metals which contain iron in them are known as ferrous, whereas metals without iron are non-ferrous.
Our scrap metal collection and recycling service is built around your individual needs. We offer transit collections and skip collections around Brisbane and have various sizes of skips available. We can provide regular scheduled collections or one-off collections at times to suit you.
United Scrap Metal Traders offer a scrap metal collection service to domestic, commercial and construction customers. We are equipped and happy to service both small domestic projects and large-scale commercial undertakings.
United Scrap Metal Traders welcome trade, industrial and commercial customers as well as members of the public. Our yard is centrally located next to the Gateway Bridge. We have safe on-site customer parking, electronic scales and all the facilities you will require.
Your safety is our concern so please wear closed in shoes and no children will be allowed on the work site. A safety vest and hard hat will be provided by USMT if necessary.
The process of metal recycling is no different from any recycling procedure. Metals are sorted on the basis of their properties. For example, if we separate ferrous metals, then their magnetic proportion will help with separation. The recycling process involves following steps:
The first step in metal recycling is the collection of all the metals into groups, whether at home, in the factory or on the construction site. There should be an organised system for the collection of metals, such as containers or skip bins.
The second important step is sorting the kind of metals which are good for recycling. The quality of metals matters a lot when it comes to recycling. You can leave this part up to us as we have the knowledge and expertise required.
The next step is to compact the metal, which are squeezed and squashed in machines so that they don’t occupy much space on the conveyor belt.
After crushing and breaking the metals, shredding of the metal takes place. They are broken down into small sheets or pieces so that they can be processed further with ease. Steel and aluminium are usually changed into billets.
The scrap metal is then melted in a large furnace. Each metal has a specially designed furnace depending on its properties. Although melting utilises a lot of energy, in the form of fuel, this is still less than compared with making products from raw material.
After melting, the metals are purified. These purified metal blocks are then transported to different mills for remaking into other products.
Using recycled scrap metal in place of virgin iron ore can yield a 75% saving in energy!