Ironically, ferrous metals are already with you!
Ferrous metals including iron and steel are virtually everywhere you go and in almost everything you use each day. Even though they are highly abundant and in good supply to take to the scrap yard, they are valued at a lower price point than non-ferrous metals. It’s value is consistent, however, and only experiences slight drops or rises throughout the year. This ensures that it will continue to be recycled now and in the future, and many savvy scrappers rely on this consistency every week.
Almost a decade ago, more than 83% of steel was recycled in the US. Just recycling 1 metric ton (2200 pounds) of ferrous metal can save 1 metric ton of iron ore, almost 1400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of lime stone. Because it is highly useful, it makes up most of the recycled materials in the world, and is necessary to keep up with the demand by recycling it on a regular basis.
It’s important to know that not all ferrous metals are equal. This category of metal consists of iron, steel, carbon steel, stainless steel, cast iron and wrought iron. Overall, they serve a purpose unlike other metals, justifying their wide usage. Their strength and durability is relied upon for use in building skyscrapers, constructing bridges, cars and motors, electrical appliances, tools and hardware and even knives.
It may be easy to identify ferrous metals, for they usually rust. (Other than stainless steel, which contains a high chromium content, and wrought iron which consists of pure iron.) Be on the lookout for ferrous metals hiding in these common metal items and bring them to TT&E!:
- Cement Mixers
- Rock Crushers
- Washing Machines
- Water Heaters
- Engine Blocks
- Cast Iron Bathtubs
All of these items are routinely recycled into new goods and offset any new resources that would need to be mined for manufacturing. The biggest reason is that it is economically advantageous to do so. It is by far cheaper to recycle steel than to mine iron ore and process it to form new steel. The most common types of scrap metals used in steelmaking alone, include:
- Heavy melting steel (commerical grade scrap steel greater than 6mm thick)
- Old car bodies
- Cast iron found in machinery, pipes and engines
- Pressing steel found in white goods (some listed above)
- Re-inforcing bars or mesh from concrete structures
- Turnings from drilling or shaping steels
- Manganese steel from high impact environments like rock crushers
- Rail or tram tracks
This is all to remind you that you shouldn’t just scrap non-ferrous metals like copper or aluminum because of their higher price point. You can surely keep a steady supply of ferrous scrap metals like steel and iron as a part of your regular loads and it will be worth it!
We gladly accept ferrous and non-ferrous metals at our scrap yard. No amount is too large or too small. We even accept junk cars with gas and oil and will provide a free on-site estimate. We provide efficient, fast drop-off services, as well as commercial accounts for demolition and handle multiple pickups daily with a huge variety of containers and trailers to meet your needs.
If you have any questions about your scrap metal, current metal prices, pick up requests, or want to talk about the new Star Wars movie, give us a call! (919) 772-9190
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