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Your Guide to Stainless Steel Recycling

Normetals is a respected leader in scrap metal in Adelaide and the surrounding area. While we recycle – and pay cash for – a number of different metals, this blog entry is going to focus on stainless steel. Specifically, we will look at the importance of stainless steel recycling by answering some commonly asked questions.

What is Stainless Steel?

Stainless steel is a form of steel that contains chromium. It is lustrous, strong, and resistant to both corrosion and staining. These qualities, especially the fact that it is relatively low maintenance, have made it a popular choice for manufacturing industries, where it is used to produce all manner of things.

Why is it Logical to Recycle Stainless Steel?

As we just stated, stainless steel is a very popular material, so there is a constant demand for more. Another property of the metal is that is 100% recyclable, meaning that effectively nothing is lost by reusing it. According to some sources, 60% of new stainless steel products are manufactured from recycled stainless steel.

How Does Stainless Steel Recycling Benefit Society?

The more we recycle stainless steel, the less we have to mine for raw materials, the less damage that is done to our natural environment, and the less pollution that is created by the mining and processing operations. Stainless steel is too valuable a scrap metal to ever be put in landfill. By not doing that and instead recycling it locally, we remove the potential need for importing stainless steel from elsewhere AND strengthen our own economy.

Why Should I Personally Recycle Stainless Steel?

Because you will be paid for doing so! The amount you receive will, of course, depend on the grade of the stainless steel and the current going rate per kilogram, but you’ll find that with any kind of metal recycling, the value of those unwanted items that are presently cluttering up your yard/shed/factory/work site will soon add up!

How Can I Recycle My Stainless Steel?

Depending on the volume and vehicles at your disposal, you can take it to your local metal recycling centre yourself or organise for them to give you a scrap bin to fill, to be collected by a truck at an agreed-upon date and time.

Out of Interest, How Does Recycling Actually Work?

In basic terms, recycled stainless steel is sorted, cleaned, melted down, mixed with other steel and then given a new lease of life. Steel in general is often said to be the most recycled substance on the planet, ahead of aluminium, glass, paper and plastic. The more we recycle stainless steel, etc., the greater incentive for the firms responsible to continue to improve the efficiency of their methods.

For Scrap Metal Recycling in the Adelaide Area

Don’t hesitate to contact Normetals. We take aluminium, brass, copper, steel and more. For further information on our recycling services – such as our wide variety of scrap bins – or on any of our new steel products, please email , call toll-free on 1800 88 22 66 or use the online form here.

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