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What Metal Can I Recycle?

As industry leaders since 1943, here at Craddock Metal Recycling we have built up an excellent reputation for the quality of our services as well as excellent value for money. Specialising in both domestic and scrap metal recycling, we are renowned for the sheer amount of materials we can accept at our yard.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the metals we recycle:

Stainless Steel

According to statistics from the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA), the process of recycling steel can achieve an energy saving of up to 72%. Unlike some metals, stainless steel objects will rarely become waste at the end of their life. The estimated ‘end of life recycling’ ratio of stainless steel is 80-90%, this is due to the fact that it also contains a lot of other valuable raw materials such as chromium, nickel and molybdenum – it’s these components that make recycling stainless steel economically viable.


The recycling process of aluminium, simply involves melting it down; requiring only 5% of the energy needed to create brand new aluminium making it a very sought after recyclable material. Aluminium can be recycled again and again as the metal doesn’t transmute, meaning it will not change in form, nature or substance.


Research has found that so far only 12% of known copper sources have been mined, with that in mind it’s important to remember that copper is a finite resource, therefore it makes sense to conserve copper ore through the use of recycling. Recycling copper uses far less energy than it takes to extract copper from copper ore, using only 10% of the energy used for original extraction.


The survival of the brass industry relies heavily on brass recycling. Manufacturing brass from zinc and copper is uneconomical and incredibly wasteful. Brass is a sustainable material and can be recycled over and over again, in the UK brass products are made up of almost 100% brass scrap.


Lead has the highest recycling rate off all metals; this is due to its corrosion resistance enabling it to be recycled decades or even centuries after it was originally produced. Just less than 50% of the world’s lead production is made from recycled lead and scrap materials.

Ferrous Metals

Ferrous materials are generally composed of iron and have strong magnetic properties; steel and iron are the most common ferrous metals and are easily some of the most recycled materials in the world. CO2 emissions are reduced by 58% through the use of recycled ferrous scrap, making scrap metal an integral part of many industries. The frame of your car will most probably contain 25% recycled steel and your electrical appliances could be made up of around 75% recycled ferrous metals.

As well as our extensive list of accepted metals, we also reuse and recycle everything from scrap cars, vehicle batteries and catalytic converters to large domestic appliances. View a full list of accepted metals here.