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Learn About Metal Recycling in the UAE with RECAPP

Metal is part of our value offering and we want to raise awareness about its growing importance in the region. RECAPP is a leading recycling service in the UAE, therefore, it’s our responsibility to help our users to adopt a sustainable future.

Metal waste is becoming a growing challenge in the Middle East and around the world. Our  mission is to go above and beyond to  monitor our carbon footprint and safely dispose all of our recyclables.


Why recycle metal?

Recycling any metal waste material has significant environmental benefits.

With safe and proper disposal, you can:

  • Reduce pollution and consequent health issues
  • Preserve limited resources
  • Reduce the size of landfills
  • Save the oceans and ecosystem from metal poisoning
  • Reduce business expenditures by saving energy
  • Reduce greenhouse emissions.
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What to recycle?

Not sure how to get started? Download the RECAPP app and learn about the different metals and waste materials you can recycle such as Metal tins and aluminium cans (emptied, rinsed and with lids).

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Regarding aluminum cans they are flattened into bales and then transported to a third party recycler. Cans are cleaned and crushed into small pieces. Then they are melted and cast into ingots which are rolled into coils of can sheet. They are ready to be remanufactured into new aluminum products.


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How to dispose of scrap metal safely and securely?

Ferrous and non-ferrous metals are highly valuable finite resources used in every industry in the United Arab Emirates. However, the United Nations claims that nearly $10 billion worth of gold, platinum, and other precious metals end up in scrap yards, landfills, and domestic waste due to poor waste management and lack of awareness. 

Steel, zinc, copper, and other industrial metals are quickly becoming short in the markets due to our skyrocketing consumption levels and the mass production of goods, including electronics, construction material, packaging, electricity generation, and equipment manufacturing, to name a few.

Today, the UAE is one of the top suppliers of metal scrap worldwide, as it produces over 4 million tons annually. As a result, recycling metal has become one of the most important green initiatives in the kingdom to preserve natural resources and virgin raw materials used in making them.

RECAPP is one of the leading recycling companies in the Emirates, offering a subscription-based pick-up service for aluminum beverage and steel cans from homes and businesses. We also offer a wide network of certified metal recycling centers, using which you can easily dispose of other types of scrap metal safely, quickly, and properly. 


What Can You Recycle?

Almost all types of metals can be recycled (fully or partially), including:

Ferrous Metals

  • Steel
  • Cast iron
  • Wrought Iron

 Non-Ferrous Metals

  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Aluminum
  • Gold
  • Vanadium
  • Titanium
  • Brass
  • Bronze

The Metal Recycling Process

RECAPP offers a door-to-door metal waste pick-up service in Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, and other parts of the Emirates. Here’s an overview of our process.


A typical metal recycling process involves the collection of scrap metal from homes, businesses, and drop-off locations. At RECAPP, we offer can recycling boxes to subscribers using which they can collect metal and aluminum cans for easy pick-up. 

Next, the scrap metal is transported to different facilities in the region for sorting and segregation before they’re recycled.

Sorting and Shredding
Most recycling facilities use magnets to separate aluminum cans from metal cans before cutting and shredding them to reduce their volume. Next, they’re sprayed with different chemicals to remove paint and other materials. 

Melting and Compounding
Next, the scrap is loaded into a furnace and melted so it can be formed into ingots after cooling before being transported to manufacturing plants for making new products. 


More reasons to recycle Metal

Preserve Natural Resources

Metal waste results in a significant depletion of precious metals. These raw materials are non-renewable and their processing requires a huge amount of energy and other limited resources. Therefore, recycling metal can help preserve the material we rely on for thousands of applications and use cases. 


Reduce Pollution

Scrap metal usually ends up in landfills and the ocean, leading to high levels of pollution that can result in metal poisoning. Moreover, traditional melting processes release toxic gases into the environment and result in acid rain and global warming. 


Save Money


Recycled metal is an excellent alternative to virgin raw materials. It’s cheaper and can cut down production costs significantly. 


Get started with RECAPP

Fortunately, metal has a much better recycling rate than other resources, especially plastic and paper. However, there’s a massive room for improvement. Therefore, at RECAPP, we aim to help more households and businesses dispose of metal waste (aluminum and steel cans) in smaller quantities to make a bigger impact on waste reduction.

You can also opt for our waste can recycling boxes when opting for our subscription-based pick-up service in the UAE.