Recycling structural steel
Steel is an alloy of iron and carbon containing less than 2% carbon and 1% manganese and small amounts of silicon, phosphorus, sulphur and oxygen. Steel is the world’s most important engineering and construction material.
Structural steel comes in many sizes and shapes, for example L-shaped, I-beams, wide-flange beams, junior beams, structural steel channels and rails/ASCE sections.
Stainless steel is a steel alloy that must contain a minimum of 10.5% chromium and contains levels of nickel, molybdenum, and niobium.
Compared to regular steel, stainless steel does not easily corrode, stain, or oxidize/rust. Stainless steel is used in many different industries for a wide range of applications including aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, oil and gas.
Steel or stainless steel used for structural purposes may need to be scrapped if leftover at the end of a construction or refurbishment project or at the end of the entity’s lifecycle.
How to scrap steel used in buildings and construction
The metal used to build metal buildings is not typically marked to indicate what type of metal the different items contain. Luckily, the only thing you will need to know is whether the metal is ferrous or nonferrous metal. Before you bring the metal in for recycling, you will need to have your metal separated into these two groups.
Simply grab a magnet and see if the magnet sticks. If the magnet sticks, you have ferrous metal. If not, you have nonferrous metal.
You can also recycle metal from buildings that has been painted or has rusted. In both cases there are processes to treat the construction metal even if it has rusted and/or been painted.
Ready to get started?
Contact Ed Arnold Scrap Processors here for current rates on metal recycling. For large quantities, we offer scrap metal container services to store your structural steel and allow for easier transport back to our facilities.