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Top 10 Metal Recycling Companies in Europe 2022

Metals are valuable materials that can be recycled repeatedly without degrading their properties. Scrap metal has value, motivating people to collect it for sale to recycling operations. In addition to a financial incentive, there is also an environmental imperative. The recycling of metals enables us to preserve natural resources while requiring less energy to process than manufacturing new products using virgin raw materials. Recycling emits less carbon dioxide and other harmful gasses. More importantly, it saves money and allows manufacturing businesses to reduce their production cost. Metals can be classified as ferrous or non-ferrous. Ferrous metals are combinations of iron with carbon. Common ferrous metals include carbon steel, alloy steel, wrought iron, and cast iron. On the other hand, non-ferrous metals include aluminium, copper, lead, zinc, and tin. Precious metals are non-ferrous. The most common precious metals include gold, platinum, silver, iridium, and palladium.

Recovering precious metals such as palladium, platinum, gold and other valuable metals such as copper, lead, and silver from electronic waste becomes economically viable only if enough scrap is collected. Such separation takes more technologically advanced and sophisticated recycling equipment. These days, in large recycling facilities, the use of sensors to identify metals through infrared scanning and x-ray has become popular. At this juncture, there is a wide variety of companies in the metal recycling industry with a set of advanced and integrated offerings. To assist companies in finding accomplished metal recycling equipment solution providers, Metals and Mining Review has compiled a list of leading European firms that are at the top of their game. The enlisted organizations address metal recycling and mining-related challenges, transforming operations and processes at the convergence of several disruptive technologies. Besides, the magazine also comprises insights from thought leaders in the sector on the industry trends, best practices, recent innovations, and their advice for aspiring CIOs.

We present to you Metals and Mining Review’s “Top 10 Metal Recycling Companies in Europe – 2022.”

    Top Metal Recycling Companies in Europe

  • COPEX is one of the world's leading manufacturers of hydraulic scrap shears and balers for the recycling of scrap and metals. Their machines improved at the same time as the needs of our customers to ensure optimized operation of their investment. The key for the company's success is the reliability and robustness of its machines which have the highest lifetime. COPEX offers a global range of machines including: Scrap shear and shear baler to cut and compress scrap and metal materials into bales, covering all production capacities and all operation configurations, Scrap baler to produce high density bales out of ferrous and non-ferrous metals.stablished since 1948, COPEX has been from the beginning specialized in the design and fabrication of hydraulic baling presses for the processing of demolition scrap materials.


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  • Fractum has established itself as a leading developer and supplier of innovative, reliable, efficient, safe, and cost-effective solutions for the breakage of rocks, recycling of steel slag and moulds, and crushing of reinforced concrete.Our impact breakers are used in various industries around the world including mining, quarrying, the steel mill sector and demolition.


  • Lapin Metallikierrätys Oy is a flexible, experienced, and dependable company in all aspects of scrap metal and demolition operations. The corporation is divided into two parts: LM Rautamyynti Oy and Lapin Materiaalikierrätys Oy. Among these, LM Rautamyynti Oy sells iron, aluminium, stainless steel, and other metal materials, as well as numerous metal industry supplies and tools, in Northern Finland. Scrap automobiles, other scrap metal, and demolition activities are taken care of by Lapin Materiaalikierrätys Oy.


  • Schnitzer is a global leader in the collection, processing, and sale of the world's most recycled product – steel. Also, Schnitzer invests continually in its facilities to maximize cost efficiencies, deliver the highest quality products and ensure regulatory and environmental compliance. Operating mega-shredders at its export processing facilities in Oakland, Everett, Portland, and Tacoma, Schnitzer process a greater range of materials and produce an end product that is denser and can be used more efficiently by steel mills. In conjunction with new state-of-the-art nonferrous metals recovery systems, mega-shredders improve the recoverability of valuable nonferrous metals such as aluminium, copper, brass, stainless steel, and zinc


  • 2M Recycling GmbH

    2M Recycling GmbH

    In 2003, the companies Möller and Micheel, which have been active in the waste disposal industry for several decades, successfully combined their core competencies. The company 2M Entsorgung Möller-Micheel GmbH, newly founded as a result of a merger in 2003, has gradually changed from a waste disposal company to a recycling specialist and competent service provider. Over the years, the company has grown continuously and has developed into a regional size. Many customers, including international corporations, now place their complete trust in us when it comes to waste disposal.

  • ALBA Group

    ALBA Group

    When ALBA first opened its doors in 1968, reusing old products and materials as a source of raw materials was considered a worthwhile but unrealistic ideal. From day one, ALBA saw waste as more than just a troublesome nuisance, and was quick to invest in technologies for extracting and processing recyclable materials. Even in the very early seventies they were starting to collect, sort and recycle glass, paper and cardboard in Berlin. The company created the ""Berlin model"" - the type-specific separation of materials that's essential for high-quality recycling and now used throughout Germany.

  • Befesa


    Befesa plays a vital role in the circular economy by providing hazardous waste recycling services to steel and aluminium recycling companies. As such, its position in the value chain of the steel and aluminium circular economy is key – Befesa is the hazardous waste recycler of steel and aluminium recyclers. The Company’s core business is focused on sustainability. Its business model is based on offering full-service waste management solutions to its customers. Befesa recycles around 1.5 million tonnes of hazardous waste and residues and recovers around 1.3 million tonnes of new materials annually. Reintroducing these new materials into the market reduces the consumption of primary natural resources. Befesa is a market leader in its key European and Asian markets.

  • Drehkopf GmbH & Co. KG

    Drehkopf GmbH & Co. KG

    As one of the largest owner-managed waste disposal companies in Germany, Drehkopf GmbH & Co. KG takes care of all the waste with tailor-made disposal concepts - and as a family business, they always have the next generation in mind. The design of internal waste management has a major impact on a company's internal logistics processes. Therefore, they not only provide the needs-based container systems and collect the waste, but also analyze all processes involved in disposal. This ensures optimal material utilization as well as highly efficient logistics.

  • Hohenwalt Recycling VOF

    Hohenwalt Recycling VOF

    Hohenwalt Recycling is a service provider for trading companies and producers that work with non-ferrous metals. They offer their customers added value through efficiency, quality and experience. Another strong point of Hohenwalt Recycling is that they are not a trading company in the metal sector ourselves; The customer material flows are therefore always treated neutrally and discreetly. Hohenwalt Recycling has its own clean, fully paved and well-equipped work and storage area of ​​approximately 15,000 square meters. They also have a hall available for covered storage; They also process the material according to the quality requirements that one specifies, after which it can be further shipped to countries within Europe as well as far beyond.