More and more metals are now being produced from recycled metals. Certain types of waste are resource pools for metal salvaging and recovery.
Industrial and household waste, obsolete vehicles and end-of-life products contain ferrous metals, as do wires, tubes, cables, storage cells, pipe assemblies, roofs and alloys, which also contain non-ferrous metals such as aluminum, copper, lead or zinc.
Collected from public authorities and companies, metal-containing waste is consolidated and transferred to a "scrap metal yard," a preparation facility that sorts, shears, torch-cuts and compacts metal-containing waste.
Two commercial channels
Prior to the above preparation, homogeneous batches of metal are sent directly to steelmakers, while the mixed batches are treated by a specialist responsible for separating the scrap, most of which will be reused to produce steel and non-ferrous metals.