What is Scrap Metal Recycling

Scrap metal recycling involves the recovery and processing of scrap metal from end-of-life products and structures. This scrap metal can be reintroduced as raw material in the production of new goods. There are tons of metal materials that can be scraped and making sure that you recycle your companies scrap metal you can help make money back from the materials and you can help the environment because it reduces the need to refine for new materials. We have put some important information together to keep you more informed on scrap metal recycling.


Scrap Recycling signScrap metal recycling includes a number of steps like recovery, sorting, brokering, baling, shearing and smelting. Scrap metal recyclers usually pick up small qualities of scrap and bring it scrap yards, this is how most scrap metal is collected. The United States recycles more than 73 million metric tons of ferrous metals was recycled in the U.S. in 2014 (ISRI). Recovered non ferrous scrap, including aluminum, copper, lead, nickel, tin, zinc, and others, was valued at $40 billion in 2014, generating a volume of 7 million metric tons. Many of this scrap materials comes from automobiles and lead, 11 million automobiles and 1.15 million metric tons of lead was recovered in 2014.


There are two main categories of scrap metals:

  1. Ferrous Metals: This is metal that contains some degree of iron.
  2. Non Ferrous Metals: This is metal that does not contain iron as a component. Nonferrous scrap includes aluminum, copper, lead, nickel, tin, zinc and others.

As mentioned before there are tons of reasons why scrap metal recycling is beneficial from the economic benefits to the environmental benefits. Scrap metal recycling is more environmentally friendly than extracting and processing virgin materials, while also generating more jobs. It is essential for diverting metal scrap from landfills, and provides the raw material for new materials, this offers a much lower carbon footprint and more efficient utilization of resources than new materials. It is important for companies and individuals to help lower their carbon footprint and help boost the economy, scrap metal recycling has benefits that are immense.


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Mayer Alloys Corporation is based in the Metro Detroit area and provides business to business scrap metal recycling solutions. We provide our customers with:

  • Competitive Scrap Prices
  • On-Time Payment
  • Reliable Transportation
  • Environmentally Responsible Recycling and Documentation for your company’s records

Mayer Alloys can guarantee that your scrap metals and dross, regardless of quantities, will be processed in an ISO Certified 14001 facility. We are buyers and recyclers of all tin and lead based alloys as as well as other nonferrous metals and hard to recycle metals.



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