scrap metal recycling
Jul 30th, 2021

How Metal Is Recycled

Scrap metal recycling has become a core part of the way our contemporary world operates. With high levels of commercial and industrial development and the surrounding production industries, the use of metal materials globally is on an astronomical scale.  The waste materials created before, dur..

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Scrap metal recycling has become a core part of the way our contemporary world operates. With high levels of commercial and industrial development and the surrounding production industries, the use of metal materials globally is on an astronomical scale. 

The waste materials created before, during, and after large scale projects such as mining and construction have the potential to flood our lands with dumps and rubbish tips. By recycling key materials such as steel and converting them into a 100% reusable form, it not only keeps the world from an environmental disaster, but makes smart financial sense. 

Reusable metals

Through selling waste metals for purposeful scrap metal recycling, or purchasing recycled metal products, businesses can save money and boost profits, regardless of industry. Many companies C.D.Dodd has worked with over the years are shocked at the amount of recyclable metal materials and machinery they had lying around unbeknownst to them.

Steel and aluminium are the main metals recycled and reused, thanks to their widespread availability. Iron, copper, brass, gold and silver are also reusable, but their value makes the need for recycling less common. The powerful alchemy allows them to be recycled multiple times without change to their inherent properties, making metal reuse a sound economical move. The need to mine for new materials is also reduced, minimising pollution and saving unnecessary CO2 emissions. 

The recycling process

Scrap metal recycling begins with sorting through all collected materials, with only quality metals (usually 50% metal minimum) are gathered. Quality metals make premium recycled materials, and new technology such as sensors have improved recovery rates of reusable metals. Once gathered, the metal scraps are squashed then shredded to increase surface area before melting.

Different metals require various furnace formats and temperatures to melt it down, with varying lengths of time involved. Purification is the next key step, removing impurities using magnets or electrolysis to ensure premium quality recycled metal.

The resulting molten metal is then cooled and solidified, creating a new solid metal from all of the scrap materials. Chemicals may be added to achieve the desired density. Steel is cooled into blocks, with aluminium usually made into sheets.

What recycled metals are used for

The possibilities of uses for recycled metals are never-ending, but one of the most beneficial ways is to create the same product again. Food packaging is a common function for reusable metal, with tin cans from the supermarket used, recycled, and reused again multiple times.

The industrial and construction industries also rely on recycled steel and aluminium, as well as iron, when building any number of developments; from roads and bridges to cars and planes. Other uses include cutlery, kitchen utensils, and other practical daily use items.

Leading scrap metal recyclers

Operating as premium scrap metal recycling providers across the state of WA for over 20 years, C.D.Dodd has the expertise and quality facilities to salvage and recycle multitudes of reusable metal material. 

With a recycling premise, and a fully stocked scrap yard with reusable steel machinery, situated in Forrestfield, East Perth, as well as a Kalgoorlie location, the experienced team are trusted purveyors of scrap metals and providers of quality recycled metals. For more information on our scrap metal salvage and recycling services, including mine site recycling and demolition clearouts, get in touch today. 

Feb 17th, 2021

How To Sell Your Scrap Metal

If you’re new to the game of selling scrap metal, you may not know where to start.  Maybe you have a bunch of tools lying around your garage or shed. Perhaps you’ve got some old cars on your property. Or maybe, you have no previous experience with scrapping and want to get involved. Whereve..

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If you’re new to the game of selling scrap metal, you may not know where to start. 

Maybe you have a bunch of tools lying around your garage or shed. Perhaps you’ve got some old cars on your property. Or maybe, you have no previous experience with scrapping and want to get involved. Wherever you are in your scrap metal journey, it’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed with the amount of information out there – in person and online.

By selling and recycling your scrap metal, you’re doing your part to reduce the amount of ore mining worldwide. Metals such as steel, brass, iron, aluminum, and copper often end in the garbage due to a lack of knowledge and metal recycling resources. Here at C.D. Dodd, we’re trying to educate Western Australia on the opportunity to recycle metals and make some cash in the process.

C.D. Dodd is the leading buyer of scrap metals in Western Australia, and we’ve been in the business long enough to know where to look, where to start, and what to do when you’ve rounded up some scrap you’d like to turn into dollars. So here are some tips on what to look for and when to cash in.

The Best Materials And How Much They’re Worth

  • Copper $$$$ – You can find copper in everyday household items, from plumbing pipes and air conditioners to electrical wires and plastic insulation. Scrap recycling companies like seeing copper. 
  • Brass $$ – Door handles, keys, and bathroom fixtures are made of brass quite often. This heavy and durable material goes a long way at the scrapyard because of how heavy it is.
  • Steel $ – You won’t get a lot for your steel, but it is wise to recycle it anyway. You can find steel in everyday household objects such as cabinets, chairs, and shelving units.
  • Aluminum $ – Soda cans and other aluminum items, such as siding, gutters, and window frames, might not make you rich overnight. Still, over 80 percent of aluminum can be recycled, making this one of the most essential recyclable materials on earth.

Everyday Items That Contain Metal

Here are some of the most common items you can score scrap metal from. 

  • Electric motors – scrap this whole for the best time investment.
  • Computer towers – take apart your PC tower and remove the motherboard, low-grade boards, power supplies, hard drive, and RAM with all casings.
  • Microwaves – take apart to score the casing, copper wiring, low-grade board, and the electric motor for the highest cash return.
  • Refrigerators – make sure you have a certified technician remove the freon from the appliance before stripping it of its sealed unit and copper tubing.
  • Air conditioning units – freon should be removed before scoring the copper tubing, steel casing, electric motor, and fan coils.

Get in touch

Whether you’re sitting on a mountain of metal or are trying your hand at metal recycling for the first time, we want to hear from you! Reach out today.

Feb 11th, 2021

Car Battery Recycling In Australia

If you wake up one morning and your car gives you the dreaded clicking sound when you attempt to fire up the ignition, your car battery may be completely dead. If your attempts to jumpstart the car fails, the next step is likely an appointment with your auto repair shop. Alternatively, you could hea..

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If you wake up one morning and your car gives you the dreaded clicking sound when you attempt to fire up the ignition, your car battery may be completely dead. If your attempts to jumpstart the car fails, the next step is likely an appointment with your auto repair shop. Alternatively, you could head down to the auto parts store to begin the fix by yourself.

But what should you do with the old battery?

Surprisingly, over 98 percent of a lead-acid battery can be reclaimed if recycled. The plastic, acid, and lead components can be re-processed and manufactured into various other products, including detergents, cabling, and guideposts. In turn, this allows the demand for plastic to reduce. We all know what less plastic in the world means for humans, wildlife, and the environment as a whole.

Before you do anything with your dead car battery, call up C.D. Dodd Recycling Services. They’ll come to pick it up and pay you cash on the spot or tell you where you can drop it off and collect payment. If transporting the lead-acid battery by yourself or with loved ones, make sure you take the following precautions when handling the battery:

Do

  • Wear gloves
  • Wrap the battery in a towel or blanket
  • Wear a mask

Don’t

  • Touch your eyes, mouth, or nose
  • Let the acid of the battery leak out
  • Put in general waste
  • Burn the battery

It’s better to be safe than sorry, as lead-acid batteries are highly corrosive and can present various health risks if you come in contact with them in the wrong way. 

What gets recycled?

Let’s break it down even further and explain how dead batteries are recycled and how it benefits Australia. Recycling lead, polypropylene, and sulfuric acid provide manufacturing materials for many different products.

Jul 01st, 2020

Recycling Heavy Metal

We’ve recycled most things metal, but never a heavy metal band. Until now. For our latest award-winning ad campaign we went in search of retired and bandless heavy metal musicians who were waiting to be put to good use again, gathered a bunch of them together and formed a recycled heavy metal band..

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We’ve recycled most things metal, but never a heavy metal band. Until now. For our latest award-winning ad campaign we went in search of retired and bandless heavy metal musicians who were waiting to be put to good use again, gathered a bunch of them together and formed a recycled heavy metal band to create a metal jingle for CD Dodd. It was so much fun we made a video of it.

Nov 19th, 2016

Rail Breaker Added to Fleet

C.D. Dodd are proud to roll our our newly arrived “Rail Breaker” for immediate use. Using the latest technology in rail breaking, this will allow C.D. Dodd to process scrap railway line faster and safer than ever before...

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C.D. Dodd are proud to roll our our newly arrived “Rail Breaker” for immediate use.

Using the latest technology in rail breaking, this will allow C.D. Dodd to process scrap railway line faster and safer than ever before.

Nov 08th, 2016

Major Site Improvements Complete

C.D. Dodd have completed a major refit and refurbishment of our Head Office in Perth. Comprising over 5000 square meters of new hardstand as well as the latest in energy efficient technologies, C.D. Dodd will be able to handle your goods safer, faster and more efficiently...

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C.D. Dodd have completed a major refit and refurbishment of our Head Office in Perth.

Comprising over 5000 square meters of new hardstand as well as the latest in energy efficient technologies, C.D. Dodd will be able to handle your goods safer, faster and more efficiently.

Oct 28th, 2016

New Skip Truck Joins the Fleet

C.D. Dodd are proud to take delivery of a new Volvo Euro 6 skip truck to service the metro area. Backing up it’s recycling credentials, this truck uses the very latest technology. It is the quietest and greenest vehicle of it’s type currently available in Australia. To arrange a bin deliver..

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C.D. Dodd are proud to take delivery of a new Volvo Euro 6 skip truck to service the metro area.

Backing up it’s recycling credentials, this truck uses the very latest technology. It is the quietest and greenest vehicle of it’s type currently available in Australia.

To arrange a bin delivery with the newest vehicle in our fleet, contact our office today.

Sep 30th, 2015

Major Redevelopment Underway

A large scale redevelopment is well underway at the Dodd & Dodd Group headquarters in Forrestfield, Western Australia. Comprising of vast landscaping, an array of new structures, over 5000 square meters of concrete and asphalt plus an additional 50 parking bays, this engineering project is a sig..

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A large scale redevelopment is well underway at the Dodd & Dodd Group headquarters in Forrestfield, Western Australia. Comprising of vast landscaping, an array of new structures, over 5000 square meters of concrete and asphalt plus an additional 50 parking bays, this engineering project is a significant step towards improving the existing Forrestfield facility.

Once complete, the updated facility will comfortably be able to facilitate Dodd & Dodd Group’s growth towards 2020 and onwards.

Jun 08th, 2015

C.D. Dodd take delivery of new Hook-Lift Truck

C.D. Dodd have taken delivery of their new Scania G480 8×4 Hook-Lift Truck for the purpose of servicing their existing and future Perth clientele. When discussing the new truck, Chris Dodd was quoted as saying ‘We are pleased to be delivering our customers the best possible service using the best..

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C.D. Dodd have taken delivery of their new Scania G480 8×4 Hook-Lift Truck for the purpose of servicing their existing and future Perth clientele. When discussing the new truck, Chris Dodd was quoted as saying ‘We are pleased to be delivering our customers the best possible service using the best possible truck for the job’.

At over $300,000 a piece, these highly specialised vehicles are an expensive yet critical part of operating a safe modern recycling operation. The truck’s driver Goron, who was employed especially for the vehicle due to his experience and professionalism in the industry, was quick to commend the truck’s abilities and comfort.

Aug 05th, 2014

Battery Recycling for Charity

As one of the largest battery recycler in Western Australia, we support hundreds of non-profit organisations every year by paying top dollar for battery recycling campaigns. Has your local club or charity considered a battery recycling drive? It can offer substantial rewards. For more information pl..

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As one of the largest battery recycler in Western Australia, we support hundreds of non-profit organisations every year by paying top dollar for battery recycling campaigns.

Has your local club or charity considered a battery recycling drive? It can offer substantial rewards.

For more information please contact Bill Rock on 0412 114 477.