Scrap metal consists of a wide variety of recyclable materials. Although a lot most people might associate the reference to ‘scrap metal’ as pieces of superfluous or worn metal parts which has no particular value, the scrap industry is very buoyant in a number of countries across the world.
Metal is perfect material for recycling and offers a wide-range of advantages and benefits. Benefits to recycling the different types of metals include a much lower need to carry out mining, reduces the production cost for the manufacturers of metal, and also helps with supplying high-quality metal items across the world. Unlike some of the other popular recyclable materials, such as plastic and paper, metal is one material source that will not degrade even after going through the recycling process several times.
A typical scrap yard might well be willing to accept all the types of metals which are then proceeded and passed on to manufacture a new range of materials and products. Some metal yards might accept only a particular type of metal, while other yards may be more willing to take both the non-ferrous and ferrous types of metals.
Recyclable materials of this nature are often split into two categorizes, namely the non-ferrous and ferrous metals –
Non-ferrous – the scrap metals featured in non-ferrous are all metals other than iron and steel. Included in this category is lead, zinc, brass, chromium, nickel, copper, titanium, aluminum (including cans and foil), and copper. Tons of non-ferrous scrap is recovered each year and recycled by the processors, which is then passed on to fabricators, smelters, foundries, ingot makers, and similar industries.
Ferrous – steel and iron based scrap metals are categorized as the ferrous metals, and might include scrap from ships, household appliances, railroad tracks, steel beams, food packaging, and similar other containers.
Out of the two types of metals, non-ferrous scrap is often seen as more financially worthy. Non-ferrous scrap metal is often rated in dollars per pounds, whereas the ferrous scrap (steel and iron) is typically seen as dollars per ton.
If you have metals to scrap the best thing to do is to contact a local scrap yard, either by phone or searching on a company’s website, and finding out what types of materials are accepted, which can of course avoid a potentially wasted trip. It is especially important to call ahead if you have a large load of metal that you wish to dispose of.