What Happens to Scrap Metal After It’s Recycled? 

April 06, 2021  

Most people know that recycling is really important. Recycling saves water and energy, prevents materials from being disposed of into the landfill, and keeps materials in circulation so that they can be used again. Recycling also helps to create and sustain local jobs. 

But while you may know that recycling is important, you may be unsure about what actually happens to scrap metal once it’s recycled. At Scrap Metal Services, LLC, we can answer all of your questions about the scrap metal recycling process and even offer recycled metal products for sale at our location. 

The Scrap Metal Recycling Process

First, it’s important to understand what happens when scrap metal is recycled — what does the process look like?

When you bring in scrap metal to a recycling facility for processing, the first thing that will happen is that the metal will be separated into ferrous (iron-containing) and non-ferrous (non-iron-containing) materials. Then it will be weighed. You’ll then be paid cash for the drop-off!

After metal is separated and weighed, it will be cleaned and sorted according to type (aluminum, steel, etc.). Then, the metal will be melted and tested for purity and contaminants. 

Finally, the metal will be cooled and shaped. 

What Happens After It’s Recycled?

Once metal has been cooled and shaped, the recycling process is complete! The metal will be shaped into usable metal products, like plates, coils, billets, tubing, alloys, sheets, cast iron, pipes, and more. Purchasing recycled metal is usually less expensive and also a great way to support the recycling process!

Choose Scrap Metal Services, LLC for All of Your Metal Processing Needs

If you have scrap metal on your property in the form of raw scrap, equipment, machinery, or other metal-containing materials, you can sell your scrap metal to us for cash. We will responsibly recycle your scrap metal.

If you need to buy ferrous and non-ferrous materials post-processing, we can help with that, too. Visit our facility to view our inventory and get the products that you need. 

We work with individuals as well as businesses in a variety of industries, including steel service centers and much more. 

To learn more about our services, scrap metal recycling, and what happens to scrap metal after it’s recycled, call our team directly today or send us a message online at your convenience. We are here to serve you.