Scrap metal in landfill can leach toxic elements into the soil.
Every tonne of steel recycled saves 1.5 tonne of iron ore, a half tonne of mineral coke and reduces air emissions by 86%.
Recycling 1kg of aluminium saves up to 6kg of bauxite, 4kg of chemical products, and 14 kWh of electricity - enough to power a TV for three hours!
Scrap metal can include iron, steel, vehicles, motorbikes, bike frames.
Iron and steel are the world's most recycled materials and are among the easiest to recycle as they can be separated magnetically from the waste stream.
More from the Scrap Metal Recycling Association of New Zealand
Some steel fabricators in town will do repairs to metal objects. Try to repair before recycling or replacing.