The value of scrap metal is that it is a key input to the metal smelting industry, and has become an international commodity that is exported to countries that are prepared to pay a higher price than domestic demand.


ISM collects scrap from various sources which go through several different types of processing, from simple sorting to cleaning, cutting and shredding. This is required to reduce it to usable dimensions. After collection, the scrap metal is sorted into metal types, and grades depending on size and cleanliness. Each grade and type of scrap has different value, which represents the cost of extracting the good metal.

The scrap is stock piled then is ready to be supplied to customers. The scrap is then recycled in an electric arc furnace or a basic oxygen furnace.

Recycling scrap protects the environment by:
– Reducing the use of raw material
– Reducing the impact of landfill on the environment
– Reduced air pollution
– Reduction in energy as less energy is required to use recovered material to produce steel.
– The reduction of litter.

The Metal Recyclers Association commits it’s members to the highest degree of business ethics. The MRA members collect and process more than 80% of all scrap metal in South Africa for the benefit of downstream industry,