Understanding scrapping terms


If you’ve read through our website or looked at one of our posts on Twitter or Facebook, you may have seen terms like ‘ferrous and non-ferrous’ or ‘ELVs’ and wondered what they could mean. Well at CJ Metals we’re more than happy to guide you through each step of the scrapping process, so let us explain a few of the phrases and words you may come across when you use our services.

Firstly, ‘ferrous’ and ‘non-ferrous’ metals. Metals that are ‘ferrous’ mostly contain iron; they might have small amounts of other metals and elements added, and they are also magnetic. Most of any vehicle scrap metal that we process for you will be ferrous. Non-ferrous metals do not contain iron, are not magnetic, and are usually more resistant to corrosion; metals such as aluminium, copper, brass, and stainless steel are non-ferrous.

We often mention that we are an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF), this means that we are a permitted site carrying out treatment on electronic wastes. These treatments can include disassembly, preparation for disposal, depollution, recovery, or shredding.

Finally, let’s look at ELVs (End of Life Vehicles). If you own a car that you believe reached the end of its working life, it is can be an ELV. End of Life Vehicles can only be recycled at a registered ATF, such as CJ Metals. There are also ELV guidelines that need to be followed when handling a car of that time in order to ensure that the minimum amount of waste is produced, and that as little damage is done to the environment as possible. If you have an ELV that you would like us to take care of, make sure you have your logbook and proof of address.

At CJ Metals, we aim to make our services accessible to all, so if you have any more questions for our team please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us here.