RECYCLING FERROUS METALS

Ferrous metals – the most recycled product in North America

The term “ferrous” comes from the Latin word ferrum, simply meaning “contains iron”. Therefore ferrous metals are either pure iron or an alloy containing iron and are typically magnetic. To metal recyclers, the most common ferrous metal alloy is steel, which can be found in cars, household appliances, construction beams and food cans. But because ferrous metal covers so many different types of materials like paper clips and possibly even your pots and pans, our scrap metal recycling experts at Great Northwest will assist in identifying acceptable metals.

ACCEPTABLE FERROUS ITEMS FOR RECYCLE

Iron (prepared and unprepared)
Tin
Metal fencing and roofing
Structural steel (prepared and unprepared)—Angle iron, steel plate, beams
Automobiles (must have a title and gas tank, battery must be removed)
Other—Lawnmowers, trampolines, wheelbarrows, barbecue pits, metal lawn furniture
Appliances—Dryer, washer, hot water heater, refrigerators, dishwashers

Liquids, closed containers, tires, trash, closed cylinder (hydraulic), propane and gasoline tanks or hazardous materials are not acceptable recycling items.

COMMONLY RECYCLED FERROUS METALS

Contact us and our recycling experts will assist you in identifying acceptable ferrous materials.

MILD STEEL

Mild steel is the most commonly used ferrous metal. Mild steel is used in the manufacture of nuts, screws, bolts, girders and other general metal products.

CARBON STEEL

Carbon steel, also known as tool steel or cast steel is an iron alloy with 0.5 to 1.5% carbon. Carbon steel is mainly used in the manufacture of tools like drills, chisels, shears and hammer heads.

CAST IRON

Cast Iron is another commonly used ferrous metal. It is made up of 2 to 6% of carbon and 94 to 98% of iron. Cast iron is normally used in the manufacture of heavy crushing machinery, machine tool parts, brake drums, car cylinder blocks, machine handles and gear wheels and plumbing material.

WROUGHT IRON
(PREPARED AND UNPREPARED)

Wrought iron is generally used to make ornamental gates and railings.