Nonferrous metals, including aluminum, copper, lead, nickel, tin and others, are among the few materials that do not degrade or lose their chemical or physical properties in the recycling process. As a result, nonferrous metals have the capacity to be recycled an infinite number of times.
While in terms of volume, nonferrous scrap makes up less than 10% of the total quantity of material recycled in the United States, by value ISRI estimates that nonferrous metal scrap - including precious metal scrap - accounted for more than half of the total U.S. scrap market.
Iron and steel scrap, also referred to as ferrous scrap, comes from end of life products (old or obsolete scrap) as well as scrap generated from the manufacturing process (new or prime scrap). Obsolete ferrous scrap is recovered from automobiles, steel structures, household appliances, railroad tracks, ships, farm equipment and other sources.
Prime scrap, which is generated from the manufacturing process, accounts for approximatly half of the ferrous scrap supply.
What We Buy
What's important to remember is that unlike waste, scrap is processed into tradable and highly valued commodities that manufactures use as raw material inputs to make new products. One of the major sources of the scrap supply comes from a wide range of used products including end- of -life vehicles, old newspapers, used appliances, demolished buildings, consumer goods and much more.