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.
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW MUCH IS MY SCRAP WORTH?
= Depends on market price, location, time of year and demand. We can give an estimate over the phone but please remember this is an estimate please come in with a sample/scrap so we can see it and give you a more accurate assessment. When you come into the yard we weight the scrap in front of you and explain the different grades.
WILL I GET A FAIR PRICE FOR MY SCRAP?
=Integrity is top priority for us. All scales are computerised and fully calibrated.
WHY DO SCRAP METAL PRICES VARY?
As with all commodity prices change with supply and demand and with the cost of production.
WHY RECYCLE SCRAP METAL?
Because it takes less energy to recycle scrap than mine, purify and shape it.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO THE SCRAP YARD?
You will need your I.D. card and we need to record your physical address and telephone number. If you are a company please bring a letterheaded letter stating the following person is allowed to dispose of the scrap on your behalf. Helping to ensure a better quality service.
DO YOU BUY GAS BOTTLES?
No. Where gas bottles are marked with supplier identification please return them to the supplier. If there are no markings the brass nozzle will have to be removed.
DO YOU BUY CARS?
No. If we do take a car it will have to have scrapping papers from the local authority. Cars have lots of general waste inside not to mention hazardous substances like petrol. Do not forget the extra costs incurred in stripping out the ‘scrap/general waste’ and transporting it to the land fill site. For these reasons fill cars are bought at prices less than the scrap value.
WHY DO THE PRICES OF BRASS/STAINLESS/ALUMINIUM SHAVINGS VARY?
Often these shavings are contaminated with steel shavings and waste (Rags, cigarette butts, coolant etc). The price of this unclean shavings is subjective to the buyer. To ensure top price for your shavings please check the material before it is brought to the scrap yard. Run a magnet through it to check for steel shavings…
WHY IS IT DIFFICULT TO GIVE A SPECIFIC TIME FOR BIN COLLECTIONS?
Our truck drivers are given a list of customers to collect from for each day. They can get delayed in traffic, and at premises waiting for their turn to collect the scrap. Some days do not work out as planned. Please phone us if you have any questions to the time of the pick-up. We follow all our trucks on tracker, and are in communication with the drivers, so any questions can be answered quickly. Remember we are a owner managed company so we will make a plan.
WHAT CAN NOT GO INTO A BIN/SKIP?
Food waste, televisions, computer monitors, fridges/freezers, full paint cans, gas canisters, aerosols, tyres, plasterboard. Etc
DO WE SELL MOTOR CAR PARTS?