Guide

Metal manufacturing efficient design and resource use

Introduction

Metal production and processing businesses use significant quantities of resources such as raw materials and water. Metal production and processing includes manufacturing ferrous, non-ferrous and precious metals and alloys; metal forming; bar, wire and tube drawing; and metal casting.

Using resources efficiently in your metal production business will save you money and could reduce your impact on the environment. You can reduce costs, for example, by saving water or using sand more efficiently for casting processes. You may also be able to introduce new technologies to make your processes more efficient and reduce your environmental impact.

This guide describes your responsibilities if you produce packaging or dispose of packaging waste. It provides guidance on using water efficiently, how to avoid causing pollution from using sand and using and recovering scrap metals. It also includes guidance on business innovation and product development.