Iron Recycling

Iron remains one of the world’s most recycled items and at ASM Metal Recycling we welcome all grades of iron for recycling that can be segregated and shredded ready to be melted down and purified for reuse.

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What you need to know about recycling iron

Iron is known as a ferrous material with highly magnetic properties. Steel is an iron alloy containing carbon and remains the most recycled material in the world. The most commonly recycled iron items include:

  • Scrap materials following industrial processes
  • End-of-life containers
  • End-of-life vehicles
  • End-of-life appliances
  • Industrial machinery
  • Construction materials.

Heavy iron

The recycling of iron has become a vital part of the 21st century steel industry; improving its profitability whilst minimising its impact on the wider environment.

Did you know?

The use of secondary ferrous metals instead of ore extraction greatly reduces CO2 emissions, as well as energy and water consumption and overall air pollution. Put simply, the recycling of existing scrap iron into steel makes for more efficient use of our planet’s natural resources.

The iron recycling chain explained

The ferrous metal recycling process comprises of five key steps:

Light iron

  • Sorting
    As steel is magnetic, iron can be quickly separated from other recyclable metals within a metal recycling facility using powerful magnetic belts.

  • Shredding
    Shredders feature rotating magnetic drums that extract iron and steel from the mixture of metals and other materials.

  • Media separation
    The next level of separation involves electrical currents, high-pressure air flows and liquid floating systems. Further processes may be required for steel that has a protective layer of tin (e.g. a drinks can) that must be removed and recycled independently.

  • Shearing
    This involves hydraulic machinery which exerts considerable pressure to cut the thickest, heaviest pieces of steel: the type recovered from railway lines and cruise liners. Other cutting techniques, such as the use of gas and plasma arch, may also be employed to good effect.

  • Baling
    This process involves the compacting of iron and steel products into large blocks, making them significantly easier to move and transport.

Get in touch today

If you’re looking to enquire about the best possible prices for scrap iron then give ASM Metal Recycling a call. We utilise the most advanced digital scales to provide the most accurate weight of your iron; guaranteeing you the correct price, so contact our friendly team today!