The most common ferrous scrap metals include wrought iron, cast iron, carbon steel, and alloy steel. These metals are valued for their durability and tensile strength, though their high carbon content makes them more susceptible to rust when exposed to moisture, with the exception of wrought iron and stainless steel. The vast majority of ferrous metals are also magnetic, making them extremely useful for motor and electrical applications.
Carbon steel, also called structure steel, is a staple in construction projects, especially when building tall skyscrapers and long bridges that require a tremendous amount of structural integrity. Ferrous metals are also used to make tools, railroad tracks, automobiles, industrial piping, and shipping containers.
Ferrous metals make up the majority of recycled materials in the United States. Ferrous scrap materials typically come from manufacturing (new, prime, or prompt scrap) and end-of-life products (old or obsolete scrap). Obsolete scrap is often recovered from vehicles, ships, steel structures, railroad tracks, household appliances, and farm equipment.
Some of the common ferrous scrap items that we buy include steel, cast iron, auto casts, iron borings, and white goods.