Ferrous metals

Steel crushed and baled for recycling

Iron and steel are the world's most recycled materials, and among the easiest materials to reprocess, as they can be separated magnetically from the waste stream. Recycling is via a steelworks: scrap is either remelted in an electric arc furnace (90-100% scrap), or used as part of the charge in a Basic Oxygen Furnace (around 25% scrap).[56] Any grade of steel can be recycled to top quality new metal, with no 'downgrading' from prime to lower quality materials as steel is recycled repeatedly. 42% of crude steel produced is recycled material.[57]

Non-ferrous metals


 The main recycling product containing ferrous metals is pet food and other 'steel' tins. Wash them and cut the bottoms out, and squash them flat.Put them intl something like a supermarket plastic bag, and put those inside a large black plastic bag you can buy from teh supermarket.

It is only worth recycling them when we have a 20 tonne container load to send by rail to Auckland. The price is between $100 and $200 for this, so kep saving your cans until you think you have enough. We hope to get a sponsor to pay for the freight, but even if we make nothing, it is still better to recycle than put them in with the rubbish.





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