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What Is Ferrous Metal Recycling?

All metals fall into one of two categories: ferrous, and non-ferrous. Ferrous metals scrap is the largest recycled commodity in the world, consisting of iron and steel scrap metal. It comes from products such as automobiles, household appliances, buildings, railroads, farming equipment, ships, and more.

Ferrous Metal Recycling in Vancouver

What Are Ferrous Metals?

The word “ferrous” comes from the Latin word ‘ferrum,’ meaning ‘iron.’ Ferrous metals are metals that have a large percentage of iron in its elemental composition. Ferrous metals are commonly used in industrial and architectural constructions. Iron is one of the most recyclable metals on the planet.

Ferrous metals can include a wide range of alloys, including chromium, manganese, molybdenum, and nickel. The alloying elements used vary depending on the properties they need for use in tools, containers, cutlery, engineering, and more.

Common properties of ferrous metals include durability, good tensile strength, electrically conductive, corrosion resistant, and usually magnetic. Examples of this include:

  • Alloy steel
  • Carbon steel
  • Cast iron
  • Stainless steel (alloy steel made with chromium to protect against rust)
  • Steel (low, medium, and high carbon)
  • Wrought iron

Types of Ferrous Metals We Buy

  • Air conditioning compressors
  • Most household appliances
  • Bikes
  • Cars
  • Cables
  • Cast iron
  • Chain link fencing
  • Gas tanks
  • Heavy melt steel
  • Industrial metals
  • Metal containers
  • Motor blocks
  • Rebar
  • Sheet metal
  • Steel
  • Tin

Advantages of Ferrous Scrap Metal Recycling

Metal can be continuously recycled, uses fewer resources than manufacturing new metals, and reduces carbon dioxide emissions. This means less scrap metal in landfills, freeing up space for actual waste, and reducing environmental pollution. In addition to not sending usable material to a landfill, you can also get paid for scrap metal you were going to dispose of anyway.

Scrap metal recycling saves you money on disposal costs, allowing you to avoid landfill fees. For businesses, it helps with environmental regulation compliance with waste management guidelines.

Who Do We Buy Ferrous Metal From?

North Star Metal Recycling accepts ferrous metal from numerous sources, including the public, construction/demolition contractors, government bodies, and more. Ethical business practices are important to us, so we do not accept scrap metal that we cannot confirm has come from a legitimate source.

Choose North Star Metal Recycling

North Star Metal Recycling offers competitive prices for your ferrous metals, and we are a leading provider of scrap metal. We are members of the Recycling Council of British Columbia (RCBC) and the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI). We know how important it is to preserve the environment, and we have been in business working towards that goal since 1950.

Contact North Star Metal Recycling to Get Started

The next time you have ferrous metals that you no longer need, contact us today and we can transform your scrap metal into usable materials for other industries. By bringing your scrap to North Star Metal Recycling, you can earn money and help protect the environment at the same time.

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