plastic balesby being the largest, locally owned scrap metal processor, we are big enough to serve and small enough to care about our customers. as one of the largest scrap metal processors, we supply foundries and smelters throughout the world with quality products of aluminum, stainless steel, brass, copper, paper, plastic, and glass.


used aluminum beverage cans remain the most recycled item in the u.s., but other types of aluminum, such as siding, gutters, storm window frames and lawn furniture, can also be recycled. aluminum has a high market value and continues to provide an economic incentive to recycle. recycled materials, such as aluminum, also provide manufacturers with valuable raw material. for example, recycled aluminum cans are used to make new cans. in fact, nearly 55 percent of a new aluminum can is made from recycled aluminum.


there are two types of copper recyclables. the first is referred to as old scrap. old scrap comes from the public. it is collected from discarded, dismantled or obsolete products at the end of their lives. for example: copper pipes from old buildings, old taps from a bathroom renovation, old hot water cylinders or disgorged electrical cable. the other is called new scrap, which comes from factories that make articles from copper, brass or bronze. their machines will produce off cuts and shavings that can be collected and returned for recycling. copper is made with different purities depending on the application. the highest grade copper is electrical grade. it is 99.99% pure.

shearing pipebrass scrap (such as old taps) must only be used for melting down and making into new brass articles.


glass containers are 64% clear, 23% brown, and 13% green. when the glass recycling banks are emptied the glass is then sold to a reprocessor or glass maker. it is monitored for purity, contaminants are taken out, and it is crushed. this crushed glass is called 'cullet'. it may then be added to the mixture in a furnace for making new glass products, or it may be sold for another use such as a road surfacing material.


steel scrap comes from recycled cans, construction materials and other steel products. this scrap is re-melted to produce new steel that contains the same chemical compound and strength as new steel. in fact, the industry's overall recycling rate is nearly 68%.


plastics are generally broken down into two grades. the first grade is containers of 2-liter soda and the other is milk jugs, bleach containers, or laundry jugs. the plastic is sorted then compressed into bales. the bales are then put into containers and shipped all over the world.

waste paperpaper bales

paper products come in many forms. when residential customers bring in paper it is often in the form of newspapers, and cardboard boxes. industrial customer’s paper products are discarded office paper and boxes. types of waste paper that are recyclable include corrugated cardboard, white paper, computer print out paper, colored paper, copy paper, carbonless forms, envelopes, manila, white and pastel colored file folders. the paper products are sorted, baled, and shipped.



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