Non-ferrous metals are basically any scrap metals other than iron and steel. As such, this category includes aluminum sources such as foils and cans, as well as copper, zinc, nickel, cobalt, titanium, lead, chromium, and all the precious metals (gold, silver, etc).
While the volume of these metals produced worldwide is significantly less than ferrous scrap, there is still a lot of non-ferrous metal waste produced in America. The U.S. produces more than 9 million tons of non-ferrous metals annually.
Benefits of non-ferrous metal recycling
There are many reasons we recycle non-ferrous metals;
- Dwindling natural sources: The use of both ferrous and non-ferrous metals has continued to rise over the years. For example, more than 24 million tons of aluminum is used globally every year. With natural sources of these resources dwindling, it is more important than ever to find value from scrap sources.
- Recycling doesn’t degrade these metals: Non-ferrous metals don’t degrade however many times they are recycled. It means that these metals can be recycled indefinitely without losing any of their properties. This quality makes non-ferrous metals excellent candidates for recycling.
- Non-ferrous metals are extremely valuable: Compared to their ferrous counterparts, non-ferrous metals are a lot more valuable. While they typically comprise less than 10% of the overall recycling market, non-ferrous scrap accounts for more than half of U.S. yearly scrap metal earnings.
- Environmental benefits: Recycling in general is critical for environmental preservation. First off, recycling reduces the amount of waste going to landfills. Additionally, recycling requires just 5% of the energy and produces a paltry 5% of CO2 emissions compared with primary production.
The recycling process typically begins with gathering of the scrap metals. Then, front-end loaders and conveyors are used to feed the scrap into balers. There are different types of balers designed to compress different metals into bales which are then delivered to consumers.
With decades of industry experience, ASM Recycling is the undisputed leader in non-ferrous metal recycling in the city of Mobile and the surrounding Gulf Coast area. We offer all kinds of recycling services and provide convenient pick-up services to make the process as smooth as possible.
Visit us at 2751 McKinney St. Mobile, AL or contact us today at (251) 470-0765 to learn more about our services.