Essential steps involved in steel recycling

Essential steps involved in steel recycling

Metals have become an essential part of everyday life, as these are used in the manufacturing of cars, trains, trucks, train tracks, airplanes, ships, whitegoods, pots, cutlery and pans. Metal is classified into two categories, ferrous and nonferrous. Ferrous metals include steel and iron, with copper, aluminium and brass are examples of nonferrous.

Sorting these ferrous metals from nonferrous metals is easier and less expensive as compared to plastics.


The Steel Recycling Process

Every form of steel is recyclable, but the steel recycling process may vary from product to product. Due to its inherent value, steel products should be sold to scrap yard for compensation rather than sending to a landfill or traditional recycling center.

There are three main sources of steel trash naming Home Scrap, Prompt or Industrial Scrap, and Obsolete Scrap.


Home Scrap:

Home scrap is steel waste produced in steel mills while steel production, this includes trimmings and reject steel scrap. This does not involve any collection or purchase, as it is usually set back to the furnace.


Prompt (Industrial) Scrap:

Prompt scrap is produced during product manufacturing such as appliances and automotive. Excess steel from these factories and warehouses are auctioned to scrap buyers, usually at a premium rate.


Obsolete Scrap:

Obsolete scrap covers the rest of steel scrap, produced from the areas such as household appliances, old cars. And the collected scrap material is sent to a junkyard. This category also includes old junked buildings or structures.

After being collected by scrappers the steel scrap is dropped off at buy-back centers, where steel is sorted and sent out to foundries for further recycling.

Here excess steel scrap is melted down under the temperature of nearly 3,000 degrees, and purified steel is separated from contaminants. Then, the purified melted steel is solidified into sheets.

The newly recycled steel is sent to various factories outlet for use as raw material, and this cycle keeps ongoing.

Benefits of Recycling Scrap Metal

There are many benefits associated with scrap metal recycling.

  • Preserve natural resources from being mined
  • Reduce greenhouse gasses and water pollution
  • Reduce landfill dumping of metal
  • Substantial energy saving made from recycling as compared to manufacturing from scratch material.

How Much Is Scrap Steel Worth?

Selling scrap steel is a profitable practice for manufacturers, businesses and individuals. By participating in the steel recycling process, you are rewarded financially for your scrap.

Many larger manufacturers or businesses owner that produce steel as a byproduct can take advantage of the selling steel to a steel recycling company.

Are you looking to sell scrap steel?

Scrapbuk is leading scrap buyer in Chandigarh that buy several different types of metal and products including steel, copper and brass.

We offer doorstep pickup services with several other benefits such as instant payment and electronic weighing machine. If you’d like to get in touch with us to discuss our services or sell metal, then please give us a call on 078143 00366.