If you own an industrial company and have a lot of left over scrap metal daily, you should not simply throw this metal away. Instead, you should recycle it. Below are types of industrial scrap metal, the benefits of recycling the metal, as well as tips on getting it off your properly.
Types of Industrial Scrap Metal
The scrap metal you have may be ferrous. You can easily know this by sticking a magnet to the metal. If the magnet sticks the metal is ferrous. This metal is magnetic because it contains iron.
If the metal falls off, the metal is non-ferrous. Non-ferrous metal is worth more as it does not contain iron. This is because added iron can lead to corrosion quicker than metal that has no iron. Along with metal, aluminum and aluminum alloys are non-ferrous.
Your scrap iron may be iron. If so, this is a non-ferrous material. Copper is another non-ferrous type, which is the most valuable. You can easily tell if it is copper because it will be a dark brown color. Copper is found in things like power cords, computer cables, electromagnets, old plumbing pipes, and more.
Stainless steel contains a high percentage of iron but is non-ferrous. Stainless steel is still worth more, however, as it contains nickel. You can find stainless steel in aerospace equipment, automotive, and more. It looks like traditional steel, but it is not magnetic.
Benefits of Recycling Scrap Metal
The main benefit of recycling your scrap metal is it keeps it out of the landfill. Once it arrives at the recycling center the metal is then formed into other products to be reused.
Another benefit of recycling metal is it is better for the environment. This is because less energy is used when using recycled scrap metal. When using new metal more greenhouse gas emissions are released into the air.
Recycling scrap metal can create more jobs as the more metal that needs to be recycled the more employees will be needed to do the recycling.
Tips on Recycling
The best and easiest way to recycle your scrap metal is to hire a professional industrial scrap metal cleanup company. If you have a lot of scrap metal, you can hire companies that will pick up the scrap metal for you, as well as clean up the area after they remove the scrap metal. If you do not require the clean up process, the company will simply pick up the metal and take it to the recycling center.
Talk with the recycling center you choose if you have any questions about the above information.