Trident Metals

Welcome to Trident Metals, specialists in recycling aerospace alloys using our unique individual small batch melting and casting operation.

We have the facilities to cast 5kg ingots or 500kg sows in our own furnaces to suit the needs of the market place . We also trade in Titanium, Copper, Brass, Lead, Nickel alloys and Swarf. We sell our metals to the major markets in the UK and Europe.

Why Recycle?

Advantages

The recycling of aluminium generally produces significant cost savings over the production of new aluminium even when the cost of collection, separation and recycling are taken into account. Over the long term, even larger national savings are made when the reduction in the capital costs associated with landfills; mines and international shipping of raw aluminium are considered.

The environmental benefits of recycling aluminium are also enormous. Only around 5% of the CO2 is produced during the recycling process compared to producing raw aluminium (and an even smaller percentage when considering the complete cycle of mining and transporting the aluminium). Also, open-cut mining is most often used for obtaining aluminium ore, which destroys large sections of the world’s natural land.

Ideological Barriers

One of the reasons why only 31% of scrap aluminium is recycled is that it’s cheaper, for the aluminium producer, to make new aluminium then it is to find, collect, identify, separate, and clean the aluminium parts in old products. Some manufacturers like to paint aluminium solely for aesthetic reasons; this creates problems for recyclers because the paint releases extremely toxic fumes when the aluminium is re-melted. Most of the aluminium that’s recycled comes from pre-consumer factory waste.

Aluminium lasts practically forever, 500 year old aluminium is just as good as aluminium made 50 years ago, because it doesn’t rust or corrode like other metals. Strategic planning may dictate that it’s most economical to stockpile scrap aluminium for future use while energy is still relatively cheap. Whatever the case may be, the global supply of easily accessible scrap aluminium is not enough to meet current demands for aluminium.

Aluminium facts

Steel

Steel is also mined from an ore. Iron ore is plentiful but it too is usually combined with oxygen or sometimes carbon or sulphur. The iron ore is stripped in a blast furnace to reduce it to pig iron that can then be used in steel production.

There are currently about 11 million tonnes per annum of iron and steel scrap arisings. About 70% of this scrap is recovered. Of the remainder – 2/3 is land filled.

Facts and Figures

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