The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) reports that ferrous scrap (iron and steel scrap) is the most recycled material in the United States and worldwide. In the U.S. alone, the U.S. Geological Survey estimates that 72 million metric tons of iron and steel scrap were purchased in 2012. To metal recyclers, the most common ferrous metal alloy is steel, which can be found in automobiles, household appliances, construction beams and food cans. But because ferrous metal covers so many different types of materials like paper clips and possibly even your pots and pans, our scrap metal recycling experts at Bracken Recycling will assist in identifying acceptable metals.
Common Ferrous items we accept for recycling:
Liquids, closed containers, tires, trash, propane and gasoline tanks or hazardous materials are not acceptable recycling items.
Commonly recycled ferrous metals
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Mild steel is the most commonly used ferrous metal. Mild steel is used in the manufacture of nuts, screws, bolts, girders and other general metal products.
Carbon steel, also known as tool steel or cast steel is an iron alloy with 0.5 to 1.5% carbon. Carbon steel is mainly used in the manufacture of tools like drills, chisels, shears and hammer heads.
Cast Iron is another commonly used ferrous metal. It is made up of 2 to 6% of carbon and 94 to 98% of iron. Cast iron is normally used in the manufacture of heavy crushing machinery, machine tool parts, brake drums, car cylinder blocks, machine handles and gear wheels and plumbing material.
Wrought Iron (prepared and unprepared)
Wrought iron is generally used to make ornamental gates and railings.
Scrap aluminum, brass, copper and more
Non-ferrous metals are those other than iron and alloys that do not contain an appreciable amount of iron. These items are non-magnetic. Stainless steel is often classified as both a ferrous and non-ferrous metal because it contains iron but is not magnetic due to the process that makes it stainless.
Acceptable non-ferrous items for recycle:
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One of the most commonly used non-ferrous metals is aluminum. It’s also the most abundant metal in the earth’s crust, so it’s not surprising that it’s one of the most widely recycled materials today. Generally used in the manufacturing of aircrafts, boats and automotive parts, aluminum is also used in window frames, saucepans, packaging (cans and foils) and insulation, pistons and cranks.
Copper is another very important pure non-ferrous metal. It’s mostly used in the manufacturing of electric wires, cables and conductors, plus pipe, cylinders and printed circuit boards.
Brass contains 65% copper and 35% zinc. Brass is a good electrical conductor and can be used in a wide variety of items such as musical instruments, doorknobs, plumbing fixtures, mailboxes and household ornaments.
Lead is the heaviest common metal. Its uses are different than other non-ferrous metals, perhaps best known for use in protection against radiation (x-rays). Lead can also be found in automotive batteries, roof coverings and flashings as well as wheel and fishing weights.
Stainless steel, also known as corrosion steel, is an alloy of iron, nickel and chromium. It is commonly used in kitchen cutlery and cookware, medical instruments, kitchen draining boards and pipes.
More than 80% of the zinc available for recycling is eventually recycled according to the Bureau of International Recycling. Galvanized steel makes up the majority of collected zinc products.
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