Metal Recycling: An Endless Process

A fascinating fact about metals is they can be recycled almost indefinitely; it is especially true for steel, iron and aluminium. Nearly all kinds of metal can be recycled again and again without the degradation of its properties. So, why don’t we recycle more metal? Recycling is essential since we generate hundreds of millions of tons of waste metal in junk, trash, and consumer goods made with various metals. An important reason for the low recycling rate has to do with the design of different metal products. The increasing complexity of numerous modern products and their material mix makes recycling increasingly difficult. For example, a mobile phone can contain many different elements. So, when extracting every kind of material from a mobile phone and reusing them in new products makes it difficult.

Metal Recycling Facts:

  • Nearly 40 per cent of global steel production uses recycled steel.
  • Iron and steel are the most recycled metals in the world.
  • An estimated 400 million tons of metal are recycled worldwide each year.

A Closer Look at Metal Recycling

Metals can either be ferrous or non-ferrous metals. For recycling purposes, aluminium, although it is technically a non-ferrous metal, is practically in a class by itself.

Ferrous Metals

All ferrous metals contain iron, and a magnet will stick to has a ferrous metal in it. And steel is probably the most well-known combination of iron and carbon. The most common ferrous metals include stainless steel, carbon steel, alloy steel, wrought iron, and cast iron.

Non-Ferrous Metals

The most common non-ferrous metals include copper, lead, zinc, and tin. And aluminium, of course. In addition, all precious metals are non-ferrous. That would consist of gold, platinum, silver, titanium, iridium, and palladium.

Nearly all Metals can be recycled infinitely without affecting their properties. Steel is the most recycled material on the planet; after steel comes aluminium, copper, silver, brass, and gold.

How Well Do You Know Your Metals?

Silvery and lightweight metal. They are extensively used for packaging, beverage cans, and aerospace.

Brass and Bronze
Copper alloys using either zinc or tin. They are commonly used for ornamental objects.

A reddish metal that tarnishes green and is used to make pennies, wire, and pipes.

Cast Iron
Iron combined with carbon and silicon and used for frying pans and kitchen tools.

A silver-coloured metal made primarily of carbon and iron: used in tools, appliances, and cans.

Stainless Steel
Steel alloy uses chromium that doesn’t rust like untreated steel.

A silvery metal is used to make pewter. “Tin” cans are tin-coated steel cans.

Rare Metals
Rare metals include elements such as titanium, lithium, molybdenum, and tantalum.

Environmentally-Friendly Choice for Metal Recycling

Reclamet is not one of those impersonal scrap metal merchants that use nice-sounding slogans about environmental responsibility. At Reclamet, we are wholly committed to recycling as much of the metal we pick up as possible. Reclamet’s goal is to be efficient in our operations and keep our landfills free of unnecessary items.

Call Reclamet, The scrap metal specialists you can rely on:

Call: 01843 823554 / 01843 823224

Reclamet – The Recycling Centre
Woodchurch Road,
Woodchurch, Birchington,
Thanet, Kent,
England. CT7 0HL

Scrap Bronze
Stainless Steel Scrap
Recycle Brass Pipes
Aluminium Scrap
Mixed Brass Scrap

Reclamet reviews

Very good service and cheap.

John Sani
John Sani2021-07-31

Great service from Tony in the tyre department cheers

adrian burford
adrian burford2021-07-31

Always good professional service would highly recommend 👌

Albert Snelson
Albert Snelson2021-07-31

A good experience, we needed two part warm tyres for the wife, we turned up, the tyres fitted and we drove away 30 minutes late job done. 🙂

John Gregory
John Gregory2021-06-30

Really friendly and helpful.

Keith Reading
Keith Reading2021-06-30

Good price for scrap metal.

Excellent customer service and communication. Prompt pick up of old car and all personnel were friendly and professional.

Sarah Trigg
Sarah Trigg2021-05-31

Booked in for my car to be collected. very efficient, well organized with no issues, money paid straight into my account the same day. The driver was very helpful and polite. Would happily use this company again.

Margate Missy
Margate Missy2021-04-30

Was unsure where to begin with locating a certain part, was recommended to Reclamet and now wouldn't go anywhere else, easy and quick process to buy what I was looking for.

Leon W
Leon W2021-04-30

Great place found the staff very helpful and pleasant would definitely recommend them

chris obrien
chris obrien2021-04-30

Fabulous service and very straight forward. I found Stuart to be immensely helpful and knowledgeable.

Andy Morrison
Andy Morrison2021-04-30

Excellent service from start to finish. A special mention to Sacha and Gus for their professional and helpful approach.

luke stevens
luke stevens2021-04-30

Found the experience very easy and all staff i dealt with were very helpfull

Jerry Borrie
Jerry Borrie2021-04-30

Brought my car in to be scrapped and was offered a fair price, much more than i expected to get for my mini. The owner of the business - Stuart was very helpful along with the girls in the office and the weighbridge. Would happily recommend to friends and family.

Verity Smith
Verity Smith2021-04-30

Excellent service they had exactly what I needed.

Gary Gould
Gary Gould2021-04-30

Fantastic service. Recommended.


Fantastic business to trade with. Stuart and the team are all extremely helpful, would highly recommend

Daniel O'Brien
Daniel O'Brien2021-04-30

Needed a few parts for my van a week ago kieran was very helpful and knowledgeable part fits and works thanks for the help highly recommended extremely professional and outstanding customer service

Adam Burkett
Adam Burkett2021-03-18

Very happy with the service I received. Helpful and friendly, even changed the battery for me. Would try them for parts fist before anywhere else.

Craig Alexander
Craig Alexander2020-11-27

Honest, great communication, great prices. Friendly. I had a damaged catalytic converter from an attempted theft and Reclamet was the only company that had adequate communication and was not dodgy as most of the other scrap metal dealers seemed. So it was well-worth my drive from central London to Kent to get the £784 they paid me for the catalytic converter. Impressive :-)

Peter Johnson
Peter Johnson2020-11-27

Friendly staff helpful and have most things in stock

Sam Small
Sam Small2020-11-20

Great people to do business with.

Steve Ranger
Steve Ranger2020-11-20

I needed a part for my car but didn't want to pay through the nose. i went to the shop and they found the part i needed quickly. i was very happy with my purchase.

Justin Evans
Justin Evans2020-11-11

Always go for puncture repairs, £10. Also do new and part worn tyres

Mark Wilcox
Mark Wilcox2020-11-11

Absolutely brilliant, needed some steel re-bar for a project, super friendly staff, let me pick out what I needed. Excellent, highly recommended. Will come back!

Bambi Sham
Bambi Sham2020-11-11

Brilliant service

Terri Green
Terri Green2020-10-11

Very friendly both over the phone and in person. Had all the parts I needed. Matt was extremely helpful and went out his way to find all the parts I needed.


Got new wheel for my fiat 500 less than third of price as another dealer, highly recommend

Lucy Bryant
Lucy Bryant2020-08-11

Bought two new tires, balanced and fittedStaff are professional and courteous.

Alex Broadley
Alex Broadley2020-08-11

Bought a car from them no problems at all highly recommend to all.

Nigel Nelly
Nigel Nelly2020-03-11

Great service, no problems had a new tyre fitted, and new headlight for my car. Very reasonable prices. Staff polite and helpful. Will use again.

Vicky xxx
Vicky xxx2020-02-11

Brilliant service as always,Good price and fitting.

Adam Messenger
Adam Messenger2019-12-11

Great price, quick job, excellent all round.

Chris Hazelden
Chris Hazelden2019-12-11

Saying goodbye to my faithful old car was a wrench but the man at the kiosk was so kind. Excellent service, no mucking around but understanding. Good rate for scrap too. Thank you.

Davina Holness
Davina Holness2018-12-11

Good as gold every time I visit.

Graham Palmer
Graham Palmer2018-04-01

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