Metal recycling rates

2019

Non-Ferrous Metal 99%
Ferrous Metal 99%

2018

Non-Ferrous Metal 99%
Ferrous Metal 99%

2017

Non-Ferrous Metal 99%
Ferrous Metal 98%

2016

Non-Ferrous Metal 99%
Ferrous Metal 99%

Metal is one of the most recycled material in the world due to the ease of recycling. Metals can be recycled indefinitely without losing its properties.

In 2019, out of 1.278 million tonnes of ferrous metal wastes and 126 thousand tonnes of non-ferrous metal wastes generated in Singapore,  99% (1.270 million tonnes) of ferrous metal wastes and 99% (124 thousand tonnes) of non-ferrous metal wastes were recycled.

There are two main categories of metals, ferrous and non-ferrous. Although ferrous metals are recycled in greater volumes, non-ferrous metals are more valuable.

  • Common non-ferrous metals (Non-Magnetic) are: Copper, Brass, Aluminium, Stainless Steel (304/316)
  • Common ferrous metals (Magnetic, with Iron content) are: Iron, Stainless Steel (201)

Types of metal collected

201 Stainless Steel (China Steel)
• 304/316 Stainless Steel
• Aluminium ET
• Aluminium Others
• Aluminium Beverage Cans
• Brass
• Copper Wire
• Copper Pipe
• Copper Scrap
• Iron

Metal recycling process

The process of recycling metal is relatively simple. Scrap metals are heated at high temperatures, poured and cooled in a cast, and moulded into metal sheets or bars for manufacturing new products.