How is Metal Recycled?

First, let’s dive into the preparation process.
Before you bring in your items for recycling, you should make sure the item is somewhat valuable. Recycling centers recommend your scraps be at least 50% metal. Even if you can’t separate the material from the surrounding plastic or other material, bring it in!

However, if it IS easily dismantlable, you will see more value in the end, because there won’t be labor cost associated with your reward.

Metal Classification:

Your scrap metal will be sorted as either ferrous (any metal that contains iron) or nonferrous metal (metals that don’t contain iron). The easy way to test whether something contains iron is to do a magnet test. Nonferrous metals won’t stick to a magnet, but ferrous metals will.

When you bring your recyclable metals into a scrap yard or recycling center, make sure you bring identification. This is usually to prevent people from bringing in stolen, publicly-owned items like street signs.

The Simple Transaction Process:

-You’ll bring your metal recyclables through a weigh-in station.
-You’ll be handed an itemized receipt.
-You’ll hand the cashier the receipt.
-You’ll receive payment in cash or check*

Have some scrap waiting to be brought in? Find a scrap yard near you.

The Metal Recycling Process:

After you leave the lot, your metal recyclables will be crushed, shredded, and compacted. All non-metal materials and components will be removed during this dismantling process. The recyclables will then be melted in a furnace into metal sheets. This metal is then sold to manufacturers to be used to make new products.

Why recycle metal?

Metal doesn’t lose value like other recyclable materials do (like plastic and cardboard). For example, 50% of scrap recycling profit is generated by nonferrous metal, even though it only accounts for around 10% of the total material recycled.

Also, since the metal supply is limited, we need to do everything we can to keep it in circulation. While we can manufacture plenty of other materials like plastic and glass, metals are precious.

What happens to metal waste that isn’t recycled?

Metal that isn’t recycled usually ends up in landfills, which can harm our environment and destroy natural habitats. We should all be striving to keep hazardous materials such as mercury and lead out of landfills. This prevents these harmful materials from leaching into the surrounding ecosystem.

Also, recycling a single ton of steel saves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal, and 120 pounds of limestone. That’s a lot of metal!

What can scrap metal be reused for?

Iron and aluminum, among other metals, are typically used in construction projects like bridges and roads, and especially in the transportation industry. Cars, bikes, trains, and planes can all be manufactured with recycled metal.

What scrap metal is recyclable?

Stainless steel, aluminum cans, copper, insulated wire, gutters, home appliances, brass, aluminum, car parts, scrap metal, and many more items are recyclable at scrap yards. View the full list of recyclable items here.

How much money can you earn from recycling metals?

Your yield will depend entirely on the type of metal, amount of metal, and day you bring your metal in for recycling. Since scrap metal pricing varies on a day-to-day basis, there’s not an exact price you can count on.

Why choose Cohen for metal recycling?

Cohen is a family-owned ferrous and non-ferrous metal recycling company with a reach that spans the globe. Dedicated to the same values we were founded on, Cohen is People Powered Recycling. Bring in your metal recyclables today!