Tips on metal waste management

Tips on metal waste management

The reasons to adhere to best practice in waste management include compliance with government regulation, meeting industry guidelines, adhering to environmental principles and practising sound corporate ethics.
There are times though, when it’s about making money too!
Having robust and well-supported policies regarding collecting and sorting waste can provide important economic advantages, particularly with regard to scrap metal.
For example, selling scrap metal brings revenue, but it also means less rubbish going into skips, reducing that cost too.
There is a massive global demand for reliable sources of certain types of metal. These are categories of metal scrap that can be repeatedly re-processed and re-used, in a way that reduces costs and creates considerable energy efficiencies. As well as making big inroads into making the industry more sustainable.
All of this makes it even more sensible for companies to be aware of what sort of metals have a market value, and how much of it they can sort and sell.
Here is a checklist for a metal waste disposal system that ensures you can make some money from scrap, at the same time as meeting legal obligations.

• Train and alert your team

Take steps to ensure that everyone in your company understands the types of metals that have value for recycling purposes. You could even post up lists and ask them to play a role in moving suitable metal scrap to a central location.
This should include: pipes, wiring and cables, metal containers such as paint tins; machinery parts and frames, vehicle pieces, electric engines, metal tanks and tools.

• Give clear ownership of generating waste metal

Having someone in your organisation who checks that all scrap metal is identified and segregated, is important. They can regularly inspect your premise – and waste that you generate – seeking out metal that is accidentally going into general rubbish storage. Every time metal is discarded without care, you are losing potential financial return on your scrap!

• Make metal waste management, part of accident prevention

Policies and activities to keep scrap metal all in one safe place dovetail with your Health & Safety compliance. If unwanted pipes, wires, cables, lose machinery parts, tins and other trip hazards are collected up and immediately moved to a sorting area, it makes your work environment safer.

• Sort and identify nonferrous metals

There is high demand for scrap metal of this type, so it’s important to set it carefully to one side. If you are not sure how to tell the difference between metals, simply hold a magnet to the item.
Nonferrous metals such as stainless steel, brass, zinc, copper and aluminium are NOT attracted to magnets.

• Keep digital or physical documentation up to date

This is an area of metal waste management that can easily be overlooked in the daily “fire fighting”.
A & G Metals is often asked for help with this and is more than happy to support companies in creating a waste management “paper trail” for metal.
All our services include auditable and trackable sale and disposal of scrap metals.

• Source reliable collection, for a competitive price

How can you make sure you get a good price for scrap metal?
Shop around and look for a company that knows this industry well, and which monitors commodity prices carefully. This would also need to be a company that has existing end users waiting for regular supplies of scrap metals, as demand pushes up the price of supply.

Which company should you call – A & G Metals of course.