You probably know that stainless steel is a very popular choice when it comes to manufacturing – and with good reason. A form of steel containing chromium, it is lustrous, strong, resistant to corrosion and staining, and, as a result of those last two things, doesn’t require a lot of maintenance.
What you may not be aware of is that stainless steel is also a very popular choice of metal for recycling. This is because it is 100% recyclable. In fact, many of the stainless products on the market are now composed of up to 60% recycled material. This figure would be even higher if there were more stainless steel available for recycling. Which is where you come in…
Why You Should Recycle Stainless Steel
The most obvious argument for recycling stainless steel, as stated above, is that it is 100% reusable. The more stainless steel we recycle rather than mining for new materials, the lower the toll on our landscapes, fauna and flora. It also takes less energy to recycle scrap than to mine metal, which further reduces the drain on our natural resources. Recycling means less pollution, too.
Something as useful as stainless steel should never be consigned to landfill, and conscientious recycling means it won’t end up there. It seems crazy for a society to import a metal from overseas at the same as it is throwing it away at home, but unfortunately this does happen.
Even leaving aside the many environmental benefits, you should recycle stainless steel because it will earn you money. The going rate may vary based on metal quality (there are multiple grades of stainless steel, for example), the current market and the time of the year, but your local scrap-metal recycling centre will be happy to advise you on when to sell.
How Can I Recycle My Stainless Steel?
We just mentioned scrap-metal recycling centres and they are definitely the place you need to contact. Depending on how much stainless you have, you might be able to transport it there yourself. Otherwise, the centre should be able to collect it for you by truck. This is a great way to remove a large amount of metal from your home, factory or job site. The experienced driver will ensure the process is safe, fast and easy.
What Comes Next?
In simple terms, your recycled stainless steel will be cleaned, melted down, mixed with other steel and given a new lease of life. The amazing thing is that this can be done an unlimited number of times, which is why steel is the most recycled material in the world, ahead of aluminium, glass, paper and plastic. And given the colossal demand for it, that’s not going to change.
Ready to recycle some old stainless steel to help yourself and the planet? Contact our expert team at Denron Metals to find out how much your scrap is worth and, if necessary, organise a suitable time for collection.