It's National Recycling Week from November 11-17, but the recycling of steel is a year-round concern for InfraBuild Recycling's Unanderra branch.
Formerly known as LIBERTY OneSteel Recycling, InfraBuild Recycling provides scrap steel to the steel industry and helps keep waste out of landfill.
InfraBuild Recycling's Unanderra branch, which has been in operation for over 30 years, plays a role in this by ensuring the safe and effective environmental management of metal recycling by handling, collecting, processing and distributing (for sale) ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals.
It promotes the use of resources such as steel for as long as possible and the subsequent recovery and re-use of those resources to extract their full value. It also recognises the use of less steel to achieve the same outcome is more sustainable.
InfraBuild Recycling NSW trading manager Greg Cook said the Unanderra site accepts scrap metals from a variety of sources.
"We take scrap from residences, metal merchants, automotive dismantlers, demolition and construction companies, farmers and manufacturers who generate scrap metals," Greg said. "If you have an old stove, washing machine, lead batteries, copper wire, aluminium or brass, require a permanent bin or need a large site clean-up, just give us a call."
He explains that private and business customers can deliver directly to InfraBuild Recycling's Unanderra yard, where there is an automated weighbridge and the non-ferrous section is completely undercover.
The branch also offers off-site services including the placement of scrap metal bins for collection and site clean-ups for industrial customers.
"For larger parcels we can work at your site using a mobile plant such as excavators, balers and oxy-cutters," Greg added.
Once at the site, the scrap metal is processed using a static shear machine or a mobile shear. An oxy-cutter is used for items too large to shear.
Greg explains that the bulk of non-ferrous scrap will then go into containers for export, while ferrous scrap goes to local mills.
"After processing, recycled metals are sold to both international markets as well as our company owned, Australian-based domestic steel mills including at Rooty Hill in Sydney, Laverton in Victoria and BlueScope Steel in Wollongong," he said.
Servicing the Wollongong, Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern NSW areas, phone 4271 8300 or visit 243 Berkeley Road, Unanderra.
Recycling of steel
Australia is currently in an infrastructure boom, with many major roads, bridges, railways, metro and light rail projects, hospitals, sport stadia and school projects all underway. Locally made steel is playing an important part in that new infrastructure, not just because it's an infinitely recyclable building product, but because it's helping stimulate local economies and create new jobs.
InfraBuild Recycling's Unanderra branch is just one link in InfraBuild Recycling's operations that encompass 22 branches across Australia. The scrap metal received and processed by the Unanderra branch makes up part of the 1.4 million tonnes of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal processed every year.
It's a global operation that has sustainability as its driving force. But as the staff at Unanderra know, every bit helps - and acting locally is the best way for us all to make an impact.