Recycling saves resources

When we recycle, used materials are converted into new products, reducing the need to consume natural resources. 

If used materials are not recycled, new products are made by extracting fresh, raw materials from the earth, through mining and forestry.  Recycling helps conserve important raw materials and protects natural habitats for the future.

Recycling saves energy 

Using recycled materials in the manufacturing process uses considerably less energy than that required for producing new products from raw materials – even when comparing all associated costs including transport etc. 

There are also extra energy savings because more energy is required to extract, refine, transport and process raw materials ready for industry, compared with providing industry-ready materials.


Recycling reduces incineration

When we recycle, recyclable materials are reprocessed into new products, and as a result the amount of rubbish sent for incineration reduces. 

Burning your rubbish creates ash which is difficult to dispose of and gases which are released into the atmosphere. 


What types of metal are considered scrap?

Metal encompasses everything from aluminum foil to clothes hangers, but it can all be recycled in some way. Curbside collection programs often exist for metals like aluminum cans, while other metals have to be taken to a drop-off center that can properly recycle or dispose of the material.


The most common metals accepted by scrap yards include copper, steel, aluminum, brass, iron and wires. But your local scrap yard may accept additional metals for recycling and give you cash payouts for your scrap metals. Call a few scrap yards in your area ahead of time for a list of scrap metals they accept for recycling.

How can I tell what type of metal I have?

The easiest way to determine what type of metal you’re dealing with is to use a magnet. If the magnet sticks to your metal, you have a ferrous metal in your hands, such as steel or iron. Most ferrous metals are not worth much money at scrap yards, but the scrap yard will still accept it and make sure it is recycled properly.

If the magnet doesn’t stick, you have a non-ferrous metal, such as copper, aluminum, brass, stainless steel or bronze. These metals are very valuable to recycle and are worth more money at scrap yards.

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The metals recycling industry

Metals recycling is a £5.6 billion UK industry, processing ferrous and non ferrous metal scrap into vital secondary raw material for the smelting of new metals. The industry employs over 8,000 people and makes a net contribution to UK balance of trade.

Worldwide, over 400 million tonnes of metal is recycled each year.

Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (England & Wales only)

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 achieved Royal Assent on 28 February 2013 and its measures started to come into force from 1 October 2013 when councils began to accept applications for new licences. The new Act repealed the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 and Part 1 of the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001, creating a revised regulatory regime for the scrap metal recycling and vehicle dismantling industries in England and Wales.

The cashless trading measures brought into force via the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 are incorporated into the new Act, which also closes off loopholes in the earlier legislation by drawing vehicle dismantlers and former itinerant collectors (now referred to as "mobile collectors") into the cashless trading regime. Other changes include a new requirement for scrap metal dealers to verify the full names and addresses of sellers. Click on the following links to view the new Scrap Metal Dealers Act and associated explanatory notes.

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Cash trading 


From 3 December 2012, changes to the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 made it illegal to buy scrap metal for cash in England and Wales, and that remains in force under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (see above).  BMRA members can find further information about options for non-cash payment in members' bulletins and on the members' area of the web site.  If you sell metal to a scrap metal dealer, do not expect to be paid in cash; if the dealer does he will be breaking the law. We have produced a poster that you can download for printing locally by clicking on the image to the right to help get the message across to customers.  

The cashless trading provisions introduced into the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 were extended with commencement of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 to include all scrap metal dealers, including all mobile collectors and motor salvage operators, with effect from 1 October 2013.  The exception to the cash payment ban previously available for the limited number of properly registered itinerant collectors who had obtained orders under Section 3(1) of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 ceased on 1 October 2013.  No mobile (formerly "itinerant") collector may now pay cash for scrap. 

Home Office guidance on cashless payments for scrap metal under the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 was issued on 24 October 2012.  Whilst the applicability of the ban has extended under the 2013 Act to include all scrap metal dealers, and the record-keeping requirements are considerably more stringent, the details on acceptable methods of payment by cheque and electronic transfer still apply.

We are aware that a number of financial service providers are developing systems intended to satisfy the cashless payment requirement. We are unable to endorse any particular product and recommend that scrap metal dealers satisfy themselves that any payment mechanism they may consider satisfies the terms of the Act and guidance. BMRA members can find further information in members' bulletins.

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Why recycle?

Virtually all metals can be recycled into high quality new metal. The process varies for different metals, but generally produces metals of equivalent quality. Thus, for example:

  • Steelmaking using the electric arc furnace process uses scrap metal as the major raw material. This method is typically used for high quality tool steels and stainless steel. Smaller quantities of scrap can also be used in basic oxygen (blast furnace) steelmaking.
  • Copper scrap is used by both primary and secondary producers, where processing methods include blast furnace, reverberatory furnace or electric arc furnace. In the latter, around 75-80 per cent raw material is scrap copper.
  • Aluminium production uses a single production method - the Hall-Héroult Process. But virgin raw materials require temperatures of around 900 C, whilst scrap aluminium melts at around 660 C. 
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Metals recycling protects the environment and saves energy

Using secondary raw materials means less use of natural resources which would otherwise be needed to make new metal compounds – such as iron ore in steelmaking; nickel in stainless steel; or alumina and bauxite in aluminium smelting. There are also considerable savings in energy, and reduced CO2 emissions, in production methods using recycled materials.

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  • About Us

    aadya groups is dealing with scrap metal and cars from the industries/recycling arm, aadya groups has grown from traditional scrap iron dealers to handle waste removal and large scale demolition and reclamation. Although equipped for large-scale demolition and scrap metal removal and salvage, the company's other business activities are broad ranging.

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