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How digitalisation is transforming the recycling sector

Digitalisation is playing a fundamental role not only in our daily lives, but also in the transformation of the business world. The rise of online marketplaces has disrupted traditional business models and created new opportunities for entrepreneurs and large companies alike.

As companies go digital, the way they operate is becoming much more agile and efficient. Technology is transforming processes, streamlining relationships and automating services in the sectors in which they operate, and the recycling sector is also affected.

The adoption of digital technologies is transforming the way materials recycling is collected, sorted, processed and managed, generating efficiency and sustainability. Digitalisation is positively impacting the recycling sector and opening up new opportunities.

As we all know, waste and its management is a very topical discussion, as it directly affects the climate crisis we are currently experiencing. So much so that, between governments, companies and citizens, solutions are being sought to mitigate the effects of this increasingly present climate change. And technology and digitalisation is one of these solutions.

Having a verified and secure online environment for the purchase and sale of scrap materials is one of these solutions that not only supports the circular economy and sustainability, but is also capable of speeding up the commercialisation of this waste, so that it does not end up in landfill.

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What digitalisation transforms in the recycling sector

Reducing prospecting times

Sourcing quality suppliers or buyers can be a complicated and time-consuming task. Therefore, verifying these buyers will also make this task more time-consuming than desired. Digitisation makes the search for and subsequent verification of other quality suppliers much more efficient and streamlined.


The digitisation of the recycling sector is also allowing a market opening that was not so evident before. Suppliers or sales were restricted to the local market, which prevented more profitable business for the company.

Higher percentage of profits

Having a wider market opening means that a greater number of suppliers and buyers can be brought in to negotiate better deals that will result in higher profits for the company.

Reduced carbon footprint

It is increasingly important not to negatively impact the environment with our industrial processes and actions. At the end of the day, the digitisation of the recycling sector implies a reduction in travel, intermediaries and commercial prospecting, which allows for a reduction of the carbon footprint.

The digitisation of an imminently traditional market may not be immediate, but it is an unstoppable path in an increasingly globalised environment. Digitalisation puts transactions that a few years ago seemed like science fiction within reach at the click of a button. Therefore, positioning oneself as a pioneer in the digital sector can make the difference for many companies dedicated to recyclable materials.

ScrapAd is a benchmark in the digitisation of the recycling sector as a platform for scrap metal trading. Find out what we can do for you.

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