Scrap Metal Merchants in Finchley | Facts About Metal Recycling

Here at Mixed Metals, we thrive on all things related to our trade. Naturally, our first-time customers from Finchley approach us without much knowledge of the industry. But this is hardly surprising as, to outsiders, the subject of metal recycling seems complex. Even the thought of choosing scrap metal merchants raises an array of questions. Our personnel take every necessary step to make our service, and the advantages associated with it, as clear as possible. We have a genuine passion for what we do, and like to share how our work benefits local, and even global, environments.


We recognise that, no matter the trade or industry, facts have a reassuring quality. For example, did you know scrap metal merchants contribute significantly to the worldwide demand for copper? Did you further know that merchants help to satisfy this demand by contributing over 40% via recycling? Likewise, 30% of global zinc production comes from recycling, while 80% of zinc that can be recycled successfully undergoes the process.


Below, we have listed even more impressive facts about metal recycling, breaking them down into handy groups of individual metals. If you require more information about our services, please contact us.



  • Manufacturers have created more than 700 million tons of aluminium since the initial production phase. Due to the recycling processes of scrap metal merchants, 75% of this aluminium still remains in use
  • When recycling aluminium on behalf of domestic, commercial and industrial customers in Finchley, we require 95% less energy than the organisations manufacturing it from raw materials
  • One tonne of recycled aluminium helps to save as much as 8 tonnes of bauxite, a clay rock utilised in the original manufacturing process. That equates to 14,000 kWh (or approximately 40 oil barrels) of saved energy
  • As a key ingredient in cans, aluminium is readily found on the shelves of supermarkets throughout Finchley. The energy it takes to produce one new aluminium can could be used to create twenty recycled ones



  • Copper, especially the premium-grade variety, has an outstanding recycling value. Scrap metal merchants help to preserve this value, sometimes paying as much as 95% of the original price for a consignment
  • As with aluminium, copper recycling saves a tremendous amount of energy. Our Finchley customers often have no idea that recycling copper uses as much as 85% less energy than the original manufacturing process
  • It takes 95,000,000 British thermal units to extract the ore for copper production. This compares to 10,000,000 British thermal units used by scrap metal merchants to recycle your unwanted copper



  • In our role as scrap metal merchants, we help to reduce the global demand for virgin zinc. Globally, the recycling process helps to channel up to 70% of the zinc salvaged from scrap products into secondary production
  • Annually, the total global production of tin comes in at 350,000 tonnes. Of this, scrap metal merchants contribute 50,000 tonnes in the form of secondary materials. Recycling tin requires notably less energy than the original production
  • Over half of the lead utilised in the production of new products, including in factories around Finchley and beyond, used to form part of another item before undergoing the recycling process

Mixed Metals operates as scrap metal merchants in the Finchley area. Call us on 020 8880 9334 to discuss our services.

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