What is scrap metal recycling?

04 June 2018

Scrap metal is the combination of waste metal and metallic materials, that can be recycled and reused again and again. Before 2013, scrap metal could be sold or bought through dealers, and was very popular due to its recycling possibilities, but amendments to the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 has meant it is now illegal to purchase scrap metal. The recyclable material is now highly benefiting the UK metal recycling industry, by helping protect the environment and saving energy. 

Scrap metal recycling is very easy to do, you can simply visit any local recycling centre including W+S Recycling in Dorset and Oxford. For more information about our scrap metal recycling services, contact our team on 01202 675564. 

Differences between non-ferrous and ferrous metals 

Before our experts start any scrap metal recycling process, we must determine whether it is a ferrous or non-ferrous metal. Our experts can find this out by simply using a common magnet over the scrap metal, as non-ferrous metals are non-magnetic while ferrous metals are. Find out more about differences between the metal types below. 

Non-ferrous metals 

Non-ferrous metals do not contain iron and are genuinely more costly when compared to ferrous metals. They are low weight, resistant to corrosion and are non-magnetic, which make them incredibly desirable to recycling manufacturers. Non-ferrous metals include zinc, aluminium and copper. 

Ferrous Metals 

Ferrous metals contain iron, which makes them perfect for engineering or construction usage.  The metal type is extremely strong and durable, but some metal materials are prone to rusting, with the exception of wrought iron and stainless steel. Examples of ferrous metals include cast iron, wrought iron, carbon steel and stainless steel. 


We are an experienced team of scrap metal recycling specialists based in Dorset and Oxfordshire. We have expertise in all areas of recycling and waste disposal ranging from cardboard recycling and End of Life Vehicle Collection, to trade waste disposal and metal recycling. For more information about our recycling services, or for further advice on how you can make a difference at home, contact our team on 01202 675564 today.

Branch Finder

Locate your nearest household waste centre and scrap yard using the list below. Unsure of where your waste needs to go? Contact our team and we'll be more than happy to help. For your local council charges visit the Oxford Council and Dorset For You websites.

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