New scrap metal legislation came into operation in Scotland, in Spring 2016.
This new legislation expanded the existing licensing regime for scrap metal dealers in Scotland as well as ensuring that all scrap metal dealers are fulfilling requirements. At Binn Group we ensure that all metals have full traceability, eliminating the risk of feeding any illegal chain of supply.
We accept deliveries of scrap metal, provide skips, containers and - dependent on the metal type - we will agree at time of uplift any dividends that may be payable for that metal. This open, transparent, secure, compliant method or recycling ensures the safe, speedy and environmentally friendly recovery of scrap metal, redundant machinery and obsolete parts.
Our high capacity recycling facility at Glenfarg is capable of handling vast quantities of raw scrap in various forms, from redundant plant and machinery, machinery plate metal, piping, semi conductors and steel structures in various shapes and forms.
Scrap metal has probably always had a value because it can be recycled into high value new metals. Virtually all metals can be recycled in this way, therefore people are used to segregating that type of material because they know it has a residual value. The recycling process varies for different metals, but generally produces metals of equivalent quality.
Steelmaking, for example, uses scrap metal as a major raw material through the electric arc furnace process. It is also used in the production of copper, aluminium, high quality tool steel and stainless steel.
Metals recycling also has excellent “green” credentials - it 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.
For example - using recycled aluminium in production of that metal saves about 95% energy - copper 85% - steel 70%. And recent EU figures indicate that using recycled raw materials, including metals, cuts CO2 emissions by some 200 million tonnes every year.
Metals recycling in the UK supplies a major worldwide industry as we produce considerably more scrap metal than is required for domestic markets. Around 60% of recycled metal is exported - primarily to Spain, Portugal and Turkey but increasingly to the growing markets in China and India.