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Ferrous scrap metal.

Ferrous scrap metal services.

A quick reminder about our services...

Imperial Metal Recyclers are a scrap metal recycling facility based on Vanguard Way, Shoeburyness, Southend-On-Sea in Essex.

We pay top prices for your ferrous scrap metal - no matter how large or small the amount may be, so why not get in touch or visit our Shoeburyness depot, members of the public are also welcome to use our facility.

We can provide small skips or large containers for your ferrous scrap metal, they can be any size you require, from a 6 yard skip to a 40 yard container and they can be permanently sited at your place of work and exchanged for an empty container, as needed. They can also be provided for our "wait and load" service, should this be required.

Large containers for ferrous scrap metal.

Need a large container for your scrap metal? we can help...

If you need a large capacity container, we are able to provide 20, 30 and 40 yard roll-on containers, delivered to your place of work for permanent placement, or they can also be provided for our "wait-and-load" service.

Small skips for ferrous scrap metal.

Need something smaller? we can deliver...

If you need a small capacity skip, we are able to provide 6, 8, 10 and 12 yard skips, delivered to your place of work for permanent placement, or they can also be provided for our "wait-and-load" service.

Metal clearance and dismantling services.

From small shop metal clearance to large industrial strip-out...

We have a dedicated team, fully equipped for large industrial metal "strip-out" work. We will visit your premises and we will clear, categorize and weigh the scrap metals, the team will then provide you with a digital print-out of the exact weight and will provide you with regular information throughout the duration of the work, should this be required. We have provided this service to a large number of different clients over the years and we have aqquired a wealth of knowledge in this area, why not get it touch to arrange a visit from one of our estimators who will call and evaluate the job and give you advice on some of the common pitfalls encountered with this type of work should it be needed.

Identifying ferrous scrap metal.

ho do i find out which metal types are which?

The basic rule for identifying ferrous scrap metal is as follows. Place a magnet onto the surface of the metal in question, if a magnet sticks to the metal, then it is probably made from a ferrous metal. There are exceptions to this rule, but generally speaking, this is a great way to quickly determine the type metal you have.

Ferrous scrap metal types.

There are many different types of ferrous scrap metals, here are some typical examples...

Scrap industrial machinery, lathes, pillar drills, grinders, metal press, printing press etc.
Scrap RSJ's, iron fencing, manhole covers, re-bar, iron posts, racking and shelving etc.
Scrap washing machines, tumble dryers, microwaves, cookers, iron boilers etc.
Scrap lawnmowers, metal garden furniture, metal benches, bicycles, metal tools etc.
Scrap computer towers, power tools, metal cabinets, metal tool boxes etc.

When we purchase ferrous scrap metal.

A note regarding our scrap metal purchasing policy...

Under UK law we are required to see proof of identification before any transaction, so, if you are a new customer, please remember to bring your proof of identifcation, such as a photo-card driving licence or a valid photo passport, we only require this for the first visit to our facility, we do not require identification for return customers.

Imperial Metal Recyclers do not purchase any stolen scrap metal of any description. We reserve the right to refuse any scrap metal that we believe to be stolen. Imperial Metal Recyclers are proud to be working with Smartwater metal theft protection, and we reserve the right to refuse any metals marked with smartwater theft protection paint. Why not click here to learn more about the Smartwater metal theft protection technologies that are spear-heading the fight against UK metal theft.

How is metal recycled in the UK?

Here is a brief description of the process for recycling ferrous scrap metal...

When metal is recycled at our scrap metal recycling facility, we remove any hazardous materials and/or liquids from the objects. After this, we categorize the different metal types such as, alluminium, iron, stainless steel etc, we then process the metals again into small pieces using a variety of different machinery such as crushing and bailing machines which crush the scrap into convenient cubes for transportation. We use large lorries, sometimes called bulkers to transport the metal the the next recycling stage. A large scrap handling machine - sometimes called a grab machine, loads the lorry to its maximum capacity. When loading is complete, the bulker lorry will deliver the scrap metal to a large industrial facility for further refinement.

These industrial facilities have very large processing machines which will divide the metal into various types and further remove any hazardous materials if they are present. They can process anyhting from small, high volume scrap metals to very large scrap metal objects, this could be anything from a lorry chassis to the superstructure of a ship, this extremely powerful machine, sometimes called a fragmenter, crushes and cuts the object into even smaller pieces to allow for easy global transportation.

When the fragmentation and sorting process is complete, the scrap metal is transported over land, sea and air to various smelting facilities around the world which further refine the scrap metal into new metal ingots, plates, rolls etc, and a wide variety of shapes and sizes, according to the customers requirements. The newly recycled metal is then used in new products and the recycling process is repeated once the object reaches the end of its life.