What happens to scrap metal before it gets sold to manufacturers?

Metals are among the most easily recyclable materials on earth. Scrap metal recycling is an excellent way to reduce your carbon footprint, preserve the earth’s natural resources and protect the environment. Keep reading to learn more about the steps Edmonton recycling firms take to prepare scrap metal for resale to manufacturers in Canada and all over the world.



Early on in the recycling process, recycling firms must sort and clean the materials to be recycled. Metals have to be separated from plastics, wood, cement and any other non-metallic materials. They are then cleaned of all debris and sorted again to separate the ferrous from non-ferrous metals. Recycling facilities use magnets and sensors, as well as their years of experience, to sort each category of metal into different individual types, like steel, copper and aluminum.


Once the metal is thoroughly sorted according to type, recycling firms will then prepare the scrap for melting. This typically involves shredding the metal to ensure that pieces are uniform in size and small enough to melt quickly. Metals are melted in a large furnace, the temperature of which varies based on the type and volume of the metal being melted. After the metals are melted they will be tested for purity to ensure they’re free from contaminants.

Cooling and shaping

Once the purity of the metal has been confirmed, the melted scrap metals will be cooled and shaped into bars for easy transportation. The bars are then sold to manufacturers all around the world to be created into new products and when those products reach the end of their useful lifespan, the whole process begins all over again.

One of the most commonly recycled types of metal is steel. But almost all metals can be recycled over and over again without losing their strength or durability—making scrap metal recycling sustainable and environmentally friendly. In fact, recycling metal actually requires less energy than is required to mine, smelt and create new metals. Metal recycling protects the environment, creates jobs and helps us all to reduce our impact on the environment.

Are you looking for a scrap metal recycling facility in St-Albert or throughout the Greater Edmonton area? Visit General Recycling today. With over 40 years in the recycling industry, we have the knowledge and experience required to recycle your metal quickly and efficiently. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer or simply stop by one of our locations....... We’re proud to be ..... Edmonton’s most trusted recycling experts!