Steel Recycling the Easy Way

Steel Recycling

We Make Steel Recycling Easy at Scrap Mart Metals!

In case you haven’t heard, St. Louis steel recycling is the easy way to put extra cash in your pocket and get rid of some of the junk clogging up your garage, attic, basement or shed!

It’s getting harder to get rid of junk these days with landfills reaching capacity. Recycling is the socially responsible thing to do whenever you can. Nothing could be easier than driving a pickup truck full of steel scrap to Scrap Mart Metals and simply driving it on to our certified drive-thru scale and then dropping it off for recycling. Not only will you be doing the right thing for the planet by reducing waste and giving new life to old items, you’ll also be driving away with some extra cash for that new barbecue grill you’ve had your eye on, or a special night out for “dinner and a movie”!

Spring is the time for spring cleaning and that means now is the perfect time to take inventory of any old metal items lying around — the old barbecue grill out behind the garage, the old clothes dryer, old tools, or an old wheelbarrow. The list goes on and on.

And if you have a business, the last thing you need is metal machine parts, old wire, or other metals taking up valuable real estate!

Scrap Mart Metals on West Outer Road in Valley Park makes metal recycling easy and offers top-dollar payouts for all your metal — both ferrous and non-ferrous. We’ll even take those old electronics taking up room in the office off your hands (excluding TVs and monitors)!

Why wait? For a small amount of time and effort, you can get rid of some of the junk lying around your home or business, and pick up a little extra cash at the same time! Contact us today for current prices being paid for the metals you’re looking to drop off.

Recycling Stainless Steel in St. Louis

Stainless Steel

Recycle Your Old Stainless Steel at Scrap Mart Metals!

You finished your kitchen remodel months ago, yet the double stainless steel sink and faucet from the “before” kitchen is still sitting out in back of the garage. That’s like leaving cash outside!

Stainless steel can be recycled, so instead of letting it clog up your landscape, why not take it to a metal recycling center and earn some cash? Not only will you get rid of an eyesore, but you’ll put some cash in your pocket to buy a nice, juicy roast to pop into that new oven!

Seriously, any stainless steel you have lying around, whether it’s old kitchen cutlery or saucepans, faucets, a discarded washing machine drum, an exhaust system — you name it. If it’s made of stainless steel, it’s worth money to you!28

For stainless steel recycling in the St. Louis area, there’s no better place to go than Scrap Mart Metals. Not only do we offer top dollar for your stainless steel, but we’ll also take any of your other metal discards like copper and copper wire, brass, cast iron, aluminum, steel, etc. If you can see the dollar signs adding up, you’re right! Many of our customers keep a barrel or two around for tossing things like lamp wire, aluminum cans, and any other metal odds and ends lying around. When the barrel(s) is full, they’re off to Scrap Mart to scoop up a little extra cash on things that were no longer “any good”!

So get up off the couch, and go scope out the garage, attic, or basement. Then fill up your (or a friend’s) pickup bed and take a drive to Scrap Mart Metals, conveniently located on West Outer Road in Valley Park. You can even contact us before you head out to ask what prices are being paid for various metals in your stash!

St. Louis Steel Appliance Recycling Made Easy

Steel Appliance Recycling

Scrap Mart Metals: Your Steel Appliance Recycling Experts

You finally got that new front-loading washer and dryer your wife’s had her eye on for months, and you’re psyched that you won’t have to hear about how bad the old ones were anymore. The only problem is what to do with the old appliances. You really don’t want to have junk appliances stashed behind the garage, and they’re not in good enough shape to sell. We have a suggestion for you. Recycle them at Scrap Mart Metals, your St. Louis steel appliance recycling solution.

Recycling is practically a patriotic duty at this point, and you’ll even earn a little money for your trouble. It’s so easy at Scrap Mart Metals — just access our new drive-thru, drop them off and collect your cash. Our top dollar payouts may just leave you with enough cash to build that laundry folding table she’s asking for now that the tops of the washer and dryer are “table-ready”!

Seriously, any time you have an old steel appliance that you need to get rid of, it makes sense to recycle it instead of having it taking up space in the yard or the garage. It’s actually dangerous to leave old refrigerators or standing freezers around if you have kids, or even if there are kids in the neighborhood. Did we mention most neighborhoods won’t take appliances in the weekly trash pick up route? This means you have to pay extra to have a company pick up and dispose of your appliances old. Haul ’em off to Scrap Mart Metals instead, and get paid to do it rather than paying someone else. What could be better than that?

Contact us if you have any questions about current scrap metal prices, and remember, we take all kinds of scrap metal recyclables, so there’s no need to let them sit around rusting, collecting dirt and dust, and taking up valuable space.

Stainless Steel Recycling

stainless steel

What Exactly Is Stainless Steel And Why Should You Recycle It?

We use numerous items made of stainless steel in our homes, at workplaces and other venues we are in every day. Steel and stainless steel are strong and durable materials with many desired properties, therefore recycling them is of importance. Below is a brief description of what steel is, and how it is recycled.

Stainless steel is an alloy which is iron-based. Most of the stainless steel sold has nickel and chromium added to it. Depending on its use, there are other metals such as molybdenum, vanadium, tungsten and titanium used in stainless steel. The 5-10% of chromium and about 1% carbon used is responsible for its appearance. The surface fights corrosion, biological growth, and is easy to clean. Stainless steel is heat-resistant and has beauty, durability and is recyclable. Some varieties of steel are magnetic, some non-magnetic and some are alloy combinations. Ferric, duplex, martensitic and austenitic are kinds of stainless steel.

Most of the world’s steel, about 70%, is manufactured by the chemical reduction of iron ore. In the 19th century, the Bessemer process, made it possible to mass produce steel with lower expenses, compared to the earlier cementation process.

Each year, the world consumption of steel tops 25 million tons. Over the past decade, the demand has gone up further. This is why there is a great need to use recycled steel. The metals titanium, vanadium, tungsten added to some steel, are scarce, this again indicates the importance and economic gains of recycling.

Recycling Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is 100% recyclable and end-of-life stainless steel is 90% recyclable. Every steel item used is 60% recycled. It does not lose its property when recycled. Recycling saves; 1 ton of recycled steel saves 110 kg of iron ore, 630 kg of coal, 55 kg of limestone,  and 2.3 cubic meters of land space.

Methods and Steps in Steel Recycling

  1. Sorting – Magnets help in recovering the steel items from other materials.
  2. Shredding – Rotating steel magnetic drums help to separate this steel further.
  3. Media Separation – In this method, liquid flotation, high pressure air and electric currents are used to separate the steel.
  4. Shearing – Hydraulic machinery is used to exert tremendous pressure to cut or break large steel items, such as those brought from rail or ship yards.
  5. Melting – This separated steel is melted in a furnace. The nature of the secondary raw material, decides the difference in this procedural step.
  6. Storage and Transport – The melted steel is then poured into slabs and ingots for easy transport.
  7. Preparation for Remanufacture – Depending on the items to be made, the slabs and ingots are beaten into rolls. From this steel, all kinds of products ranging from cranes to clips are manufactured.

We, at Scrap Mart Metals of St Louis, are ready with our experts, to help you in your recycling needs. Bring your steel items, both large or small. We have top dollar pay outs for all your recyclable metals. We have a drive-on scale for your ferrous metals. Contact us.