Because steel maintains its integrity when recycled, it’s a hot commodity for recycling. Complete Recycling encourages our clients to recycle all steel materials. In fact, the steel industry depends on steel recycling for making new steel products. Every steel product has some recycled steel content. This type of material can be very profitable to our clients.
There are typically three sources of scrap metal. These sources include manufacturers, mills and post-consumer supplies. Scrap steel from steel mills, sometimes called home scrap, is usually collected and recycled right at the mill. Metal scrap from manufacturers, also called prompt scrap or purchased scrap, is leftover after the production of items using steel. One example is metal containers.
Post-consumer steel or purchased scrap typically includes those products that have served some purpose but are no longer needed. Metal containers also fall into this recycle category, as do appliances, automobiles and items from demolition sites.
If your company has a high volume of any type of scrap metal, it’s important to know the ways to prepare it to better profit. Preparing scrap metal for recycling is different for varying materials but generally, it’s best to sort, clean and in some cases, bale the materials.
The cleaning process generally involves making sure the scrap metal material is free from any other types of materials such as rubber, glass, plastics and so forth. It can also include making sure there aren’t significant amounts of rust or dirt. Complete Recycling can educate you on how to best clean and sort your metals so you can make more profit on your recyclables.
Once you’ve sorted your metals by type, you can further organize it to increase its value. And the more work you put in on your end, the more profitable your recyclables can be. But it doesn’t have to be a tedious process. Complete Recycling outfits our client recyclers with the knowledge and equipment needed to get the job done easily, without using a ton of resources on a daily basis.
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries’ guidelines for ferrous and non-ferrous metal recycling are meant to set the standard for recycling in the industry. For ferrous scrap, the inclusion of alloys and off-grade materials are typically permitted in any one grade when it’s a negligible amount.
The guidelines for non-ferrous scrap recycling outline best practices in the recycling process. Some of these include ensuring goods delivered match their description exactly, excusing up to 3% more or less of any specified quantity in a shipment, and the agreement that a ton is equal to exactly 2,000 pounds unless otherwise stated.
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