Is Recycled Metal as Strong as New Metal?

Almost all types of ferrous metals can – and should – be recycled. The process serves to reduce not only landfill waste, but also manufacturing costs and the labor and energy required to extract additional raw materials. Fortunately, this recycling can even be done without compromising the strength and integrity of the reclaimed product. To see how, let’s run through an example with steel – the most recycled metal in the world, and easily the most widely used and versatile, with applications from theRecycle Metal creation of common household items to the building of massive skyscrapers.

How is Steel Manufactured?

The creation of steel solely from raw components requires the combination of iron ore, limestone, and coke (a coal-based fuel) in a furnace, where it is smelted down to remove impurities and add carbon. Today, much of the steel we use is produced by recycling existing materials – for each ton of reused steel, we’re able to save 120 pounds of limestone, 1,400 pounds of coke, and 2,500 pounds of iron ore, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute

There are two primary methods of creating steel with reclaimed scrap: through an EAF (Electric Arc Furnace) or BOF (Basic Oxygen Furnace).

In the EAF process, the raw material is almost entirely scrap steel. High-powered electric arcs quickly melt the material down to liquid crude steel, after which it is refined further in secondary steelmaking processes. Much of the steel used in construction, such as reinforcement bars, steel plates, and structural beams, is made through the EAF process, since the end result produced is incredibly strong.

The BOF process, on the other hand, uses only about 30% recovered steel at most. Here, molten iron is combined with pure oxygen to blow out impurities. The steel produced by this method is used to make industrial drums, pails, cans, refrigerator encasements, and automobile fenders.

What Type of Scrap Metal can be used?

Thanks to steel’s versatility and popularity, there is a huge supply of scrap available cheaply. Common sources for recycled steel components include:

  • Scrap MetalBodies of old vehicles
  • Old machinery, engine blocks, pipes, and iron baths
  • Domestic scrap, such as old appliances, cans, water tanks, roofing sheets, etc.
  • Factory waste that remains after shaping or drilling metal
  • Industrial waste and commercial scrap such as old columns, beams, channels, plates, implements and more

How is this Material Recovered?

Since iron and steel have magnetic properties, they can be easily separated from other waste. Once segregated, these metals are kept in scrapyards and by heavy machinery, for ease of transport and to reduce necessary space on the conveyer belts that feed blast furnaces.

Recycling steel is both the economical and environmental choice, and provides an incredible end product for use in any application. For more information, contact Madison Steel today.

Scrap Metal Recycling: How We Save the Environment and Your Money

Did you know that steel is one of the most recycled raw materials in the entire world and that the United States is leading the way in the recycled metal industry? The U.S. exports recycled ferrous metal (iron, steel, or any metal containing iron) to over 90 countries across the globe. In 2012 alone, the country processed over 75 million metric tons of ferrous scrap metal. That is almost enough metal to build over 25 replicas of the Eiffel Tower every single day. Scrap Yard

How Recycling Scrap Metal Helps the Environment

You probably already know that recycling helps the environment, but you might not know just how much. Steel and iron can be recycled over and over again, which means less manufacturing is needed. Studies have shown that this reduces the emission of carbon dioxide by about 58 percent due to the decrease in new production. The recycling process also uses less energy than the manufacturing process – up to 60 percent to be exact. It even helps the U.S. cut back on coal and iron ore mining.

How Recycling Scrap Metal Saves You Money

Because ferrous scrap metal can be recycled multiple times, it prevents you and your company from spending tons of cash on manufacturing new metal. Almost any type of ferrous metal can be recycled. If you have old cars, appliances, steel buildings, farm equipment, or anything else lying around, they can all be recycled to help make new products.

Recycling Non-Ferrous Scrap Metal

Of course, non-ferrous metals (metal that does not contain iron) can also be recycled. These include brass, copper, zinc, pewter, tin, aluminum, magnesium, lead, gold, silver, platinum, and nickel. Just like iron and steel, recycling these metals helps contribute to a healthier environment and helps you cut costs when doing business. If you are in need of quality recycled metal, both ferrous and non-ferrous, contact Madison Steel at 404-343-4855. We have the resources to get large volumes of recycled metal to your home or business, anywhere in the U.S., as soon as you need it.

Madison Steel supplies materials to Oklahoma infrastructure projects

Madison Steel is pleased to be a supplier of wire for several Oklahoma infrastructure projects. Our wire is being used to help build or restore the mass transit system throughout the state, reinforcing our claim of providing the highest quality steel products.

When passenger safety is the most important factor of any transportation system, only the best materials will do.