Metals

Galloo’s core business since it was first established in 1939 has always remained the same: the recovery and recycling of scrap metal.

Through the years, we have seen constant changes in the industry and in particular we have seen improvements in the techniques used. The recycling sector is innovating non-stop and Galloo has always played a pioneering role in this progress.

Galloo uses a whole range of extremely sophisticated methods for recycling manufacturing waste, scrap metal and discarded consumer goods. We explain more about the recycling of electronic scrap, old cars and plastics in a separate section (electronicscarsplastics).

When we look at the recycling of metal more closely, we are able to distinguish two main streams of waste: manufacturing leftovers and scrap metal.


Scrap from factories is generally homogenous in nature and is comparatively straightforward to convert into raw materials. Heavy metals are chopped up by one of our shearing machines, while lighter metals are put through the press.

In both cases, the secondary raw materials produced are destined mainly for the metal industry. By using recycled materials for raw materials, we are able to help nature in more ways than one. Through the recovery processes we use, Galloo is able to save a great deal of metal from ending up, literally, on the scrapheap. Also, the use of secondary raw materials emits less CO2 than extracting and processing of various ores. Finally, this means that less pressure is placed on natural sources and so we are able to avoid exhausting the riches provided by nature.

Scrap from factories

Used metals

The used metal that comes from scrap merchants and collected via our extensive network of branches or deposited in containers at waste disposal centres, constitutes a second stream of recyclable metals. Unlike factory waste, scrap metal is usually a collection of different types. If this is the case, the process requires a different approach.

Metals are placed with decontaminated consumer goods in a shredder. This is a large breaking machine that smashes up the metals in question in a matter of seconds. The result is a pile of relatively small pieces of metal and other materials, such as rubber, wood and plastics.

Successive processes then separate out ferrous metals (containing iron) from non-ferrous metals and non-metals. Ferrous metals can be put to use as a raw materials in metal-processing industries.

Galloo also filters out the plastics from the non-ferrous metals. These plastics are then processed separately, as are the non-metals. We sort the remaining non-ferrous metals by type, using flotation techniques in separation units that we have designed ourselves.

As a result, the vast majority of the materials that are supplied to us find a useful new application, while we give the Earth a little more breathing space. Let’s recycle metals!