What is a metal scrap yard?

A scrap yard for metal items pays competitive fees for ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals, as well as scrap vehicles that are no longer roadworthy. Recycling metals is big business, it can be a good way to earn people a bit of extra cash by selling metals to a recycler, the process of recycling is also good for the environment too.

If you don’t know how a scrap yard works, what the scrap metal recycling process involves and what you should do when you arrive at a scrap yard, then please read on, the information we give will help you visit a scrap metal yard.

Who tends to frequent scrap yards?

A typical scrap yard customer will be metal merchants that buy and sell scrap metal, or tradesmen such as electricians, plumbers, builders and other contractors who may work with or come into close contact with metals on a daily basis. Tradesmen may have scrap metal left over from a project or they may have found unused metals that can be recycled for a better use.  Additionally, some homeowners may venture to scrap yards to recycle metallic appliances, piping and cabling that may crop up following a DIY renovation such as a new kitchen or bathroom.

What happens in a scrap yard?

Tradesmen, homeowners and merchants visit scrap yards to recycle metals and get paid by type and weight of the metals they have. Metal merchants will buy metal materials for processing and recycling, this recycled metal will help make new products. The value of each metal is dependant on what type of metal it is and its weight at point of sale.

Most scrap yards will categorise their metals into three areas: non-ferrous, ferrous and electronics, which incorporate the following:

Non-ferrous metals

Ferrous metals


  • Platinum
  • Gold
  • Silver

Where are scrap yards often located?

You will tend to discover metal scrap yards in urban and suburban areas, both in close proximity to locations of heavy industry and near sizeable housing estates with easy road access for homeowners. Making the recycling process more convenient, helps to achieve higher recycling rates, we help serve Thanet and the surrounding areas of Kent in helping tradesmen, businesses and residential customers having a easy way to recycle, save energy and reduce CO2 emissions.

As scrap yards recycle road vehicles as well as metals, the size of machinery required to store and process materials for recycling means scrap yards need to be a considerable size.

Reclamet’s processing facility can be found at Woodchurch Road, Woodchurch, Birchington, Kent, England. CT7 OHL.

Are scrap yards bound by legislation when they operate?

Put simply, yes.  Our recycling site is fully registered and compliant with the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.

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