Waste Costs, so we keep waste down
We don’t throw anything away
At AG Major, we go through a lot of metal of every type: copper, steel, mumetal and lots of other alloys of various kinds. For some of our clients, we source the metal and for others, they source it and simply deliver it to us.
We then use the metal to make a range of products, from copper tundishes and earth screens to aluminium light fittings and building trims.
The products we produce, from epee guards to metal doughnuts, are almost never square. What that means is that there is always waste material being produced. That waste may be in the form of shavings, coming out of our CNC lathes. It may be when we’re stamping out the base forms to be made into things like the earth screens. However it’s produced, it would be criminal for us to simply throw that away.
If we simply chucked it into the skip and the Veolia lorries took it away, we’d have to pay for that activity. With our rubbish costs charged on weight, you can imagine the charges would jump up quickly. Plus, we don’t want to fill up landfill when it really isn’t necessary.
Throwing it away would also increase the amount we’d have to charge clients. They know that there is waste metal being produced, but they’d rather not pay for it. If we didn’t do something else, the chances are these costs would make us uncompetitive.
£3000 a tonne
The final reason for not throwing away the waste metal is the recycling value. Although the price varies dependent upon the metal, it doesn’t make sense to not recycle it. With copper fetching up to £3000 a tonne, we’d be mad not to.
The clients who supply the metal also take it back. They recycle it to keep costs down. We simply pop it on the delivery vehicle!
Whilst we may use a lot of metal, and a fair amount of energy to shape the metal into whatever is needed, we do what we can to minimise waste. After all, some metals are rare and really shouldn’t be wasted. Copper, in particular, is in increasing demand. Whilst it is highly unlikely we will ever run out, the increasing demand means its simply too valuable to throw away – so we don’t.