As one of the most widely recycled products across the globe, ferrous metals are found in a wide range of products, including cars, household appliances, machinery and construction materials.

What are Ferrous Metals?

Ferrous metals are mainly iron-based, and have high tensile strength. They are used in the construction of electrical appliances and motors due to their magnetic properties. The majority of ferrous metals contain high levels of carbon, making them vulnerable to rust. However, stainless steel (as well as wrought iron) are impervious to the rusting process.

Ferrous metals include steel (mild, carbon and stainless) and iron (cast and wrought).

Why we Recycle Ferrous Metals

Steel is a common ferrous metal and is found in a range of products and applications across the world. The steelmaking industry depends on the recycling of scrap ferrous metals in order to meet demand while keeping costs low and environmental impact even lower.

  • Close to 40% of all the steel spanning the globe comes from recycled ferrous metals as the process for recycling the steel is much cheaper and uses up much less energy than mining and refining new steel.
  • Recycling steel takes up around 75% less energy than mining and refining new steel deposits, which is enough energy to power approximately 18 million average households.
  • Steel, unlike other non-ferrous metals, retains its physical properties during the recycling process, so it can be effectively used again without needing to be strengthened.

Which Ferrous Metal Products can be Recycled?

There are a great number of items constructed from ferrous metals that can be recycled, some of which you may not be aware of, and vary greatly in size and availability. Cans, vehicles, tools and even household appliances such as washing machines can be recycled as ferrous metals. Cast iron baths, cast iron pipes and old water tanks are also on the list. There are also a variety of items used in the construction industry made of ferrous metals, and the industry uses and then recycles a large quantity of these materials, such as beams, machinery and columns.

  • Approximately 40% of steel production in the world is made from recycled scrap.
  • Recycling steel takes up 75% less energy than creating new steel from the raw materials that are mined
  • The steel frames of cars contain a minimum of 25% recycled steel, with your average household appliance being constructed using at least 75%
  • 55kg of limestone, 1100kg of iron ore and 630kg of coal are saved for every 1 tonne of steel recycled.
  • Approximately 500,000,000 tonnes of steel is produced each year using recycled scrap materials.

What Ferrous products do we buy? 

Light iron, shearing, brake discs, 12c, steel cuttings

If you are interested in buying or selling something which isn’t showing on the above list, Please call us and we will be happy to speak with you.

We also recycle non-ferrous metals, lead acid batteries and catalytic converters