Metal Separation in Recycling

Metal Separation in recycling is a major process within recycling plants, it is a critical process where metals are sorted from a stream of recyclable metal materials.

Metal recycling

Metal separation in recycling involves a process where each metal is separated and the metals that can be recycled will be. It is a complex process where each metal will be passed through various filters, cameras, and chemicals, each metal will then be separated and recycled.

There are only a few metals that cannot be recycled the most common ones are Plutonium and Uranium, in normal day-to-day life you will not meet these two types of metals. They are usually only used in the military, science, and in government.

Metal separation in recycling is not cheap, it can take time and cost lots of money, some of the metals that we recycle are impure so may not meet up to the standards that are required.

There are many machines that are used in metal separation in recycling, such as magnetic pulleys, overhead magnets, and magnetic drums. Magnetic separation is also useful in the mining industry as mining iron is attracted to magnets.

We harm the environment when we do not recycle metal, wasting finite resources. By recycling metal, we are keeping them out of landfills. Thanks to recycling fewer greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, water vapor, carbon monoxide, and nitrous oxide are being produced year on year.

There is a massive impact of metal waste, if not controlled acidic and metal-bearing waters can impact stream habitats. The gases emitted into the atmosphere can have a huge impact on health and environmental concerns.