For many people, recycling scrap metal is only a task that businesses and commercial property owners should be concerned about. The reality is that homeowners should be aware of and practice it, too – even if they do not own heavy machinery. Scrap metal recycling pertains to a set of processes involving the collection of metals to melt them down and repurpose them for further use.

Instead of treating those metals in your home as rubbish and throwing them away, metals like aluminium, copper, zinc, and iron should be recycled. Researchers believe that we’re running out of new metals, where some could completely be depleted within the next 20 to 50 years. So, if you’re among those who want to know more about scrap metal recycling, you’ve come to the right place.

Our blog discusses the essentials and pros of metal recycling, as well as other information that can be beneficial to the environment.

Old power tools in a recycling bin

Power Tool Recycling Guide: How to Recycle Old Power Tools

At Collins Recycling, we specialise in responsibly recycling power tools, ensuring minimal environmental impact and preventing waste from ending up in landfills. Our expertise in e-waste recycling and commitment to sustainable practices make us the ideal partner for your recycling needs. Below is a comprehensive guide on how to recycle old power tools in a…

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Collins Recycling's printer recycling bin

Printer Recycling Guide: How to Recycle Printers

Recycling printers is crucial for protecting the environment and recovering valuable resources. At Collins Recycling, we are dedicated to responsibly recycling printers, ensuring that no waste ends up in landfills. Our expertise in e-waste recycling and commitment to sustainable practices make us the ideal partner for your recycling needs. Our experts have prepared a comprehensive…

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Person holding a PCB wondering how to recycle PCBs

PCB Recycling Guide: How to Recycle PCBs

Yes, PCBs can be recycled using methods like physical, thermal, and chemical recovery, as well as hydrometallurgy and mechanical separation. As the manager of one of Western Australia’s most established scrap metal businesses and a leader in the e-waste recycling industry, I’ve prepared this guide to help you understand how to recycle PCBs and what…

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Man putting an old mobile phone in the recycling bin

Mobile Phone Recycling Guide: How to Recycle an Old Phone

Over the years, I’ve assisted countless individuals with the disposal of their mobile phones. Like any electronic waste, the best way to dispose of a mobile phone is by utilising an e-waste recycling service. Below, I have outlined how to responsibly and efficiently handle your mobile phone disposal.

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Collins Recycling using a truck for white goods disposal

White Goods Disposal Guide: How to Dispose of White Goods

In my years in the scrap metal and recycling industries, I noticed a significant uptick in improperly disposing of white goods. As with any type of e-waste, the best way to dispose of these is to deliver them to an e-waste recycling service. I have put together a guide about white goods disposal as well…

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Woman dropping a lightbulb into a bin with Perth city in the background

Light Bulb Recycling Guide: How to Recycle Light Bulbs

Most light bulbs can be disposed of in the general waste bin. Depending on the type of bulb, many local councils also offer special facilities to recycle light bulbs, but not all bulbs are recyclable. With nearly 30 years’ experience in the recycling industry, I have created this comprehensive guide on how to responsibly discard…

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Person recycling their old computer

Computer Recycling Guide: How Do I Recycle My Old Computer?

It may be surprising to learn that Australia is one of the world’s leaders in using new technology. Every year, Aussies buy around five million new computers which will inevitably be replaced with newer technology in the near future and become e-waste. You’re probably wondering “how do I recycle my old computer”? To answer this,…

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Can Stainless Steel Bottles Be Recycled?

You’ve probably bought a stainless steel bottle over the years to provide a durable, reusable, and healthier option for hydrating on the go. But now you have a collection of water bottles that have passed their prime. What do you do with your old ones? Can stainless steel bottles be recycled? Stainless steel bottles can…

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E-waste recycler recycling an old TV

TV Recycling Guide: How to Dispose of Old TVs

Everyone knows that technology can change in the blink of an eye. Because of this, many Australians have an old box TV or plasma that’s been collecting dust for years. And since these older models are so outdated and cumbersome, you can’t drop these off at The Salvos. Not to worry! Recycling your old television…

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Lithium-ion battery in a safe place.

Lithium Battery Safety: Are Lithium Batteries Dangerous?

It is nearly impossible to find a home or workplace in Western Australia that does not depend on lithium batteries in some form. They’re in everything from mobile devices, power tools, to electric vehicles. As such, it’s not surprising that people are asking what are the dangers of lithium batteries. However, are lithium-ion batteries dangerous?…

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After a battery is no longer usable because it seems that it will no longer hold a charge, it’s time to get rid of it.

Can Lithium Batteries Be Recycled?

Recycling is vital if we are going to curtail greenhouse gases and toxins that come from our landfills. However, not all recyclable materials should be treated in the same way. Batteries are considered hazardous waste and should never be tossed into the recycle bin because of the risks of fire or explosion. Lithium-ion batteries can…

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Your Guide to Charging a Lithium Battery Safely

Lithium batteries are used nearly everywhere these days. Whether you are on the job or at home, you likely have several lithium batteries there with you. Being able to recharge these types of batteries quickly is a massive benefit of the lithium type. However, before you begin to recharge all the batteries you can find,…

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To recycle your lithium batteries, you will need to take them to a specialist recycling centre.

How to Dispose of Lithium Batteries

Lithium and lithium-ion batteries power hundreds of products we come in contact with every day. The small and lightweight power sources make our devices, toys, and tools much easier to transport. However, as good as they are, you will need to recycle lithium batteries at some point. This guide will help you safely recycle these…

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Commercial cleaning is a professional cleaning service that businesses can use to maintain a clean and healthy workplace.

Benefits of Using a Scrap Metal Removal Service

Recycling is a trend that continues to grow, which is excellent news for the environment. This is also good if you want to get rid of metals taking up space in your factory. However, not everyone knows how to recycle larger machines or metal scraps. In some cases, you may have specialised equipment cluttering your…

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Mixed electronic waste.

The Ultimate E-Waste Guide

Upgrading electronics is so commonplace that we hardly give it a thought. The next generation of smartphones, gaming consoles, and computers rapidly come to us. And we switch to new updated models almost instantly, hardly giving a thought to what happens to the older pieces.

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The big appeal of scrap car recycling is that owners can receive money for their car.

Recycling Scrap from Cars

It seems that nearly everyone is interested in a side hustle to earn a bit of extra money. What if you could make extra cash while cleaning your property and helping the environment? Recycling an old scrap metal car from your yard or garage is an ideal way to accomplish all three things. This is…

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Sorting mixed scrap metals.

Collins Recycling Safety Guidelines

Scrap metal is often viewed for its monetary value, the impact recycling it has on the environment, or both. Unfortunately, people forget the inherent risks of dealing with various metals at a scrap metal yard.

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Scrap metal waste.

7 Misconceptions About Scrap Metal Recycling

Scrap metal recycling is not a new concept. Some people say that it is necessary, while others may disagree. Other people talk about the significant profits they can obtain from recycling scrap metals. But not everyone finds recycling a desirable task, causing them to ignore its benefits. We all have rubbish at home, but how…

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Copper is one of the few materials that can be recycled repeatedly without any loss of performance.

How is Copper Recycled?

Copper (Cu) is both a mineral and element present in our everyday lives. It’s everywhere, from your kitchen sink to benchtops to jewellery. A large car can have more than 45kg of copper. This material is valued for its excellence as a heat and electricity conductor. It’s malleable, ductile, and corrosion-resistant, as well.

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Battery Recycling: The How’s and Whys of Scrap Battery Recycling

Batteries from electronics like cell phones, laptops, digital cameras, and children’s toys now have long lifespans. However, once their electrical circuit is used up, the familiar yet incorrect practice is to throw them into the bin. Some household items should never be placed in the recycling bin, and your depleted batteries are among them.

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Magnetic materials are always made of metal, but not all metals are magnetic.

Metals and Magnets: The Explanation behind the Magnetic Attraction

Magnetism is astounding; it’s like magic. But have you ever wondered why some materials respond to magnets whilst some don’t? At Collins Recycling, we encounter tons of metals, and we understand which are magnetic metals and which are not. We also know the concept behind this attraction. That’s why we’re sharing this knowledge with you…

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Abandoned barbecue grill.

What Scrap Metals Can You Recycle This Summer?

It’s summertime! What does it mean? You get to enjoy beaches like Scarborough Beach, eat some gelato, stroll around Northbridge, watch a movie in the great outdoors, and do some seasonal clean-up. You may not look forward to the last option, but there are good reasons to do so, including its benefits for the environment.…

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White goods in skip bin.

What are White Goods and Why Should You Recycle Them?

Landfills are brimming with Australia’s waste, mostly comprised of white goods. You do not have to be a strong advocate of nature to agree that this situation is not good for the environment. That’s why households and businesses need to understand the benefits of recycling white goods.

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Mixed scrap metal.

The Importance of Scrap Metal Recycling

The process of recycling scrap metal is similar to the regular recycling procedure. Metals you no longer need will first be collected and sorted before processing them. They will be broken down into smaller pieces to be shredded or crushed and converted into sheets or blocks. Metals will then be melted and purified to remove…

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Mixed metal scrap.

7 Key Factors That Affect Scrap Metal Prices

Every year, millions of materials, ranging from metal to plastic to paper (and a whole lot of others), are getting repurposed everywhere in the world. That’s the power of recycling. Collins Recycling is a scrap metal business right at the centre where among the main targets is to buy more metals from other companies and…

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Copper Cable

Copper Facts and Why It Should Be Recycled

Copper is one of the many minerals that we know about. But did you know it is essential to our daily lives? Copper is highly valued for its ductility, meaning it can handle physical alterations without breaking. It’s malleable with thermal and electrical conductivity. Copper is corrosion-resistant, too. This element is also considered an important…

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Sorting mixed scrap metal.

How Is Scrap Metal Recycled?

Updated 22 July 2023 When thinking about recycling, the first thoughts are plastics or cardboard products. While recycling these products is crucial, scrap metal recycling does not always come to mind. Yet scrap metal holds onto its original properties no matter how many times it is recycled. This takes the idea of reusing products to…

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Scrap aluminum cans.

What You Can Put in Your Recycling Bin

Updated: 05/04/2023 Proper recycling of household and business waste is necessary. And the way Australians manage waste is now changing positively. However, there is still a long way to go. For many people, throwing items in the bin is almost like a reflex. There’s no second thought, just throwing away any rubbish they have in their…

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Discarded air conditioners.

A Simple Homeowner’s Guide for Easy Air Conditioner Recycling

Note: If you’re recycling your air conditioner with us, they must be degassed by a licensed technician. They won’t be accepted with gas/refrigerant still inside. Air conditioners are believed to be one of the essential appliances in Australian homes. In fact, more than 4.6 million households in the country use at least one aircon. But…

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Recycling cans at home.

Recycling Cans in 2021 and Beyond: What Can You Do?

Do you have a lot of soda cans in your kitchen, but you don’t know what to do with them? Before you decide to throw them into the bin, there is one thing that you should know: they can be recycled! Recycling tin cans can help reduce Australia’s generated household waste, estimated to be 13.8…

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dismantle tin shed

The 7 Easy Steps of Tearing Down a Shed

Do you have a shed in your yard that you no longer need? Most of us do. It does not only take space but has also become a place for ants and moss to thrive. While you may have your rusty yet trusty tools in that shed, you know that it is high time to…

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Man disposing electronics including an old TV

How to Solve E-Waste: Australia’s Solution

It’s not a secret that the whole world continues to generate far too much waste. This issue has been around for what appears to be several decades now. But during the past few years, we are seeing one major concern popping up, and it’s more specific. We’re talking about electronic waste or e-waste.   What’s…

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