One of the many services provided by American Recycling Mgmt., LLC., and one the company is most proud of, is metal pickup and recycling. Metal recycling conserves natural resources by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and using less energy than is required to create metal from virgin ore. Plus, the creation of fresh metal releases a far greater quantity of greenhouse gas emissions compared with making products from recycled metal.
American Recycling handles both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Many people are unsure of what the difference between the two is.
Generally, ferrous metals and alloys include iron, where non-ferrous materials do not. Unfortunately, it is not always easy for the average person to determine whether a metal is ferrous or non-ferrous by sight alone. Some of the most common ferrous metals include the following:
- Carbon steel
- Cast iron
- Mild steel
- Stainless steel
- Wrought iron
These alloys are mainly used for their strength and endurance. For example, mild steel is often used to help maintain the longest bridges and the tallest skyscrapers in the world. Ferrous metals are also used in cars, most of hardware and tools including knives, as well as in home construction, industrial containers, large piping, and railings for railroads and other transport.
Since most ferrous metals are also magnetic, they are often also used in the creation of electrical appliances and big motors.
Due to the large amounts of carbon used when creating them, most ferrous alloys and metals eventually rust when exposed to the elements. The exceptions to this include elements of chromium or pure iron, such as stainless steel or wrought iron, which resist oxidation. Generally, however, if a metal rusts, it is a ferrous metal alloy.
Additionally, ferrous metal is one of the most recycled materials in the world and American Recycling is happy to collect and recycle it.
Non-ferrous metals are generally far more malleable than their ferrous metal counterparts. They are also considerably lighter. This makes them attractive options to use where strength is vital, but the lighter weight of the resultant product is also important. Examples include aircrafts, canning and cooking wares, as well as some forms of sports equipment.
Because they contain no iron, non-ferrous alloys have a greater immunity to rust. This is why these materials are frequently used in products that need to be rust-resistant, but also are regularly subjected to moisture, such as gutters, pipes, roofing, and road signs. Plus, they are not magnetic. This makes them advantageous for use in electric wiring and miniature electronics.
Non-ferrous metals include the following materials:
So far as recycling goes, aluminum is the next most recycled material on the planet. But lots of other non-ferrous materials, such as brass and lead are fairly rare. The metal industry relies heavily on scrap metal recycling to create new products with these materials. Fortunately, American Recycling Management recycles both non-ferrous, as well as ferrous metals.
Non-ferrous scrap metal is often harder to find and more challenging to create. Therefore, the demand for it is higher. This means that the price per pound is also higher than that for ferrous metals. Although aluminum prices do not frequently fluctuate (due to vast recycling efforts), the price for others like copper and brass can change drastically based on supply and demand. Contact American Recycling Mgmt, LLC. at (718) 739-2301 for special pricing and to schedule a scrap metal pickup.