Recycling Of Ferrous Metals

  • July 9, 2021

Ferrous metal is a metal or alloy that contains iron; Such metals include stainless steel, carbon steel, and wrought iron. These metals have several unique properties, including magnetic characteristics. Ferrous metal is extremely valuable in the scrap recycling industry – every year more than 500 million tonnes of ferrous metal are recycled and reused for various purposes.

Iron sorting and recycling:

Ferrous scrap metal recycling starts with classifying and eliminating these ferrous metals from non-ferrous metals. Since ferrous metal is magnetic, this process simply requires the removal of all the scrap metal, which is collected by a device containing magnetic tape. During this process, the ferrous metal is attracted to the magnet and easily separates it from the rest of the scrap metal. 

Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Scrap Metals

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Alternatively, a crusher with a magnetic drum can be used to separate ferrous metal from other metal wastes for recycling. Ferrous metals do not require additional separation by type before recycling can begin. In ferrous metal recycling, the metal is melted to a molten state, then cleaned and the resulting material is compacted into solid blocks or blocks for industrial use.

Use of recycled iron:

Recycled iron has many uses, from large-scale construction to production in small batches. Thanks to an efficient recycling process, nearly 40% of the steel produced worldwide is made from recycled scrap metal. Recycled iron and other ferrous metals are used in the construction of buildings and roads as well as in the manufacture of cars, airplanes, and equipment. Several household goods also include recycled ferrous metals, such as stationery, food containers and cans, and hardware.

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