Cast Iron Recycling is a Paying Way to Make Something New

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Out With The Old, In With The New: Cast Iron Recycling

Cast iron, from its popularity throughout history to its more modern uses, has been an important part of many lives across St. Louis, around the country, and throughout the world. It has been used for more than 2,000 years, and has many different varieties, which are used for different purposes. Cast iron has even left its own footprint throughout St. Louis in its usage on storefronts. But buildings, storefronts, and other structures aren’t the only places you’ll find cast iron. Just take a look around, and you’ll notice the versatile metal in everything from pianos to staircases.

That memorial to one of America’s finest philanthropists? Those words could be written on cast iron. The remnants of the fence that surrounded a farm? Yes, that might be cast iron, too. How about the engine cylinders of some of the first steam engines? Those were often made from cast iron. It’s great to preserve history, and architectural salvage, for example, has allowed everyone from bargain-hunting individuals to large companies to do just that: take items that were once used for some reason, in some setting, and modify them as needed, while preserving the items’ historical significance and aesthetically pleasing qualities.

But sometimes, certain cast iron items are not usable in your setting, or they’re too mangled and damaged to be used in any setting. That valuable cast iron, the material within the object, can be made anew, in a modern item that can be used, valued, and appreciated by another happy consumer. Scrap Mart Metals offers a great way to achieve those goals, through our innovative cast iron recycling. Part of an old building can become a frying pan. Material from a bridge no longer in use can be part of someone’s new house, built with recycled materials. Whatever its destiny, your cast iron can find new life at Scrap Mart Metals — and you can get paid!

We don’t just value the items and metals that our customers bring in — although we’re known for our competitive offers — we value our customers’ time, and the trust they’ve placed in us. We’re open from 7:30 every weekday morning until the establishment closes at 4:45pm. And we’re even open and available to help on Saturdays, from 7:30am to 12:30pm. That means, even if you work full-time during the week or have an irregular schedule, there’ll likely be some time in which you’ll be available — and so will we. We even have a drive-on scale (or drive-thru, depending on what you’re recycling) to make the process less time-consuming for the customer.

If you have any questions about cast iron recycling, please give us a call at (636) 256-7400, and we’ll be happy to help. Scrap Mart Metals, from our location in Valley Park, Missouri, has been accurately weighing — and successfully scrapping — all kinds of materials, from cars to computers to copper wires, over the course of the past several years. Utilizing a variety of cutting-edge technologies, we provide lucrative offers, and an excellent experience when you recycle any of your items that will make you a Scrap Mart Metals customer for life; contact us today to learn more about our drive-on scale (used to weigh ferrous metals, like cast iron) and other impressive services.

Scrap Mart Metals Makes Cast Iron Recycling Easy

Cast Iron Recycling

Cast Iron Recycling In St. Louis Just Got A Whole Lot Easier!

Cast iron? When you say the word, do you think “skillet,” perhaps? It turns out that cast iron, while not as common as it once was, is still widespread in our communities. There is a thriving market for cast iron recycling in St. Louis. That’s right, if you are looking for cash, or want to help the general cause of recycling, take action gathering up cast iron and selling it to Scrap Mart Metals, trusted regional specialists in metal recycling.

First, check for scrap metal “junk” or other items around your home and yard. Frying pans and dutch oven pots have been made from cast iron for over a century. If you have an old sink or tub, it may be porcelain-coated cast iron. Cast iron is traditional.

Finding and identifying cast iron is easier than locating many materials because it is one of the most identifiable metals around.  Cast iron is a ferrous metal (magnets will stick to it), so by carrying a small magnet you can easily narrow it down to iron and steel. Cast iron is often black in color, though it can be gray. You may spot it in yard or garage sales with some rust stains, or perhaps seriously rusted, confirming that it’s in the iron and steel family. In some situations, you can perform a simple test by dropping a heavy item to see if it cracks or shatters — a dead giveaway when you are trying to figure out exactly what you have. If it doesn’t shatter, but it does attract your small magnet, you can bring it in anyway for expert confirmation. If it does, those broken pieces can be recycled.

Cast iron is all over our towns and cities.  When you are out looking for scrap there are certain items that usually turn out to be recyclable. Cast iron was once the simplest way to create molded metal plumbing shapes in buildings. This includes cast iron bathtubs, sinks of all sizes and older pipes.

It also was favored for heating applications, including those famous skillets.  Old fireplace grates, fireplace tools and radiators from old buildings are often made of cast iron. The fireplace tools are likely to be black, the radiators are often painted, sometimes in a metallic color of paint that may fool the eye.

Bring your collection of cast iron down to Scrap Mart Metals, and drive onto our ferrous metal scale to calculate the pay-out. If you have any questions, get in touch.