Strategies to Consider When Preparing Scrap Metal for Recycling

Due to improvements in the metal recycling process, scrap metal has become easier and more valuable to recycle. Extra pieces of scrap can be used as a building material or as raw inputs for a wide variety of products. However, preparing scrap metal for recycling can be a complicated process. Not only do you need to determine what's suitable for recycling, but you should also have a strategy for handling metal scrap before the recycling service picks up these items from your premises. Here are some important strategies to consider when preparing scrap metal for the recycling process.

Safety first

Perhaps the most important step is ensuring that your scrap metal process is safe for all workers involved. There are many different risks that come with handling metal scrap. For example, sharp edges could cause cuts or lacerations on the skin, while workers may also become injured by equipment such as lift trucks and cranes.

Some types of metal become corroded and may release harmful chemicals after exposure to moisture. Due to these risks, make sure you develop a safety plan for metal recycling. Workers should always wear safety equipment such as gloves, eyewear and boots when handling scrap metal. If the pile gets too heavy, appropriate equipment such as lift trucks and cranes should be used for transportation.

Invest in proper machinery for transporting scrap

If your worksite is expansive, you'll need a strategy for safely transporting scrap metal. Lift trucks are commonly used to haul piles of scrap after they've been aggregated into appropriate sizes. Make sure each lift truck being used to transport scrap is stable, has a firm grip on the load and has adequate tyres for proper support.

If using containers to house pieces of scrap, make sure they've been properly stacked before transportation. You should also avoid overloading individual containers with scrap because they may be harder to transport safely.

Use the right containers for scrap metal disposal

Speaking of containers, you should use scrap metal containers that are firm, lift truck compatible and easy to secure. Pay attention to capacity restrictions so you're not putting too much metal in the same container, and follow safety recommendations for loading or unloading each container. Large containers can be loaded by a crane as you await the scrap metal service to haul away your unused metal.

Hire skilled personnel for the job

Finally, make sure only skilled personnel get to handle scrap metal before recycling. Such workers should be aware of proper lifting and transportation procedures, how to avoid bodily injury and use of the right equipment (including personal protective gear such as gloves, hard hats and eyewear).

For more information, contact a metal recycling service in your area.