Clean Sheet Iron is also commonly referred to as “unprepared steel” in scrap metal recycling yards. Clean sheet iron is characterized by being 100% metal without any plastic, cloth, rubber etc. attached to it. It can be single dimensional or multi-dimensional and is less than ¾ of an inch in thickness
Common usages: pool fencing, stairs, pipes, playground equipment, filing cabinets, metal shelving, light standards, metal studs, metal containers.
Dirty Sheet Iron is commonly referred to as “Sheet Iron” in Scrap Metal Recycling Yards. It is the lowest grade of scrap metal and yields the least amount of payout of any scrap materials brought into Scrap Yards. Dirty Sheet Iron is different that “Clean Sheet Iron” because it will be made up of other items other than 100% metal. Dirty Sheet Iron will always be a product that is made up of metal, cloth, plastic, foam etc.
Common usages: office chairs, water heaters, refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, bicycles, grills, patio furniture, satellite dishes, etc.
Prepared Iron scrap is also referred to as “Heavy Melt Steel”, (HMS). It gets this name as it can be put directly into the steel mill blast furnaces without having to make any modifications to it. Prepared iron is single dimensional steel that is in 3-foot sections or smaller. HMS differs from clean sheet iron because it has to be three feet or smaller in length, be single dimensional and must be at least ¼ inch in thickness.
Common usages: Pipes, Rebar, Steel plates, Fire hydrants, Structural Steel, I-Beams.
Engine blocks from all types of vehicles can be sold for their scrap metal value. Some scrap yards will classify motor blocks as prepared steel, while others will classify them as engine blocks. Make sure to drain all fluids from engine blocks prior to bringing them in or they will not be accepted at our facility.
Common usages: car engines, truck engines, bus engines, van engines, SUV engines.
Heavy Torch Steel has its own characterization due to its overall thickness and density. Heavy torch steel cannot be run through a shredder, nor can an industrial shear head shear it. The only way for scrap yards to prepare heavy torch steel to ready it for a steel mill is to physically cut it with cutting torches. Due to this lengthy and costly preparation, “Heavy Torch Steel”, is paid at a pay grade closer to dirty sheet iron. Heavy torch steel will consist of steel that has a wall thickness of ½ inch and larger.
Common usages: Heavy Plate industrial Steel, Structural Steel, Cylinders, Pipes, Water Vessels, Water Tanks. Tractors, Loaders, Graders, Farm Equipment.
Scrap Automobiles and trucks are commonly referred to as “Auto Bodies”. Prior to bringing Auto Bodies to us, we require a notarized title and that all fluids, mercury switches and gas tanks to be removed prior to entering our scrap metal recycling facility.
Common usages: Car, trucks, SUV’s.
Scrap trucks are commonly referred to as “Auto Bodies’ even though they are trucks. Prior to bringing truck bodies to us, we require a notarized title and that all fluids, mercury switches and gas tanks be removed prior to entering our scrap metal recycling facility.
Common usages: Car, trucks, SUV’s.
Chain link fence is one of the lowest grades of material that you can bring to any scrap yard. It is now graded at a lessor value than dirty sheet iron. Most scrap yards will not even take chain link fence anymore, or they will charge you to drop it off.
Rebar is a common material used on commercial jobsites for reinforcing concrete and steel. Rebar comes in many different lengths and sizes. I Buy Scrap recycling purchases all sizes of rebar from size 3- size 18. We also purchase all grades and finishes including epoxy coated, black rebar and fabricated rebar.
Common Usage: Rebar for concrete work
Number 1 (#1) Busheling (bush) is clean steel scrap not exceeding 12 inches in any dimension. Most material are new factory sheet clippings, drops, stampings, etc. According to the ISRI guidelines for ferrous scrap (FS-2009) number one busheling cannot include old auto body and fender stock. The material is to be free of metallic coatings (such as galvanized), vitreous enameled and electrical sheet steel containing over 0.5% silicon.
Cast iron is one of the oldest ferrous metals used in both outdoor ornamentals and in construction. Prior to polyurethane being introduced to the construction industry cast iron was used in heavy construction for sewage pipes, water pipes and gas pipes. It is primarily composed of iron (Fe), carbon (C) and silicon (Si), but may also contain traces of sulphur (S), manganese (Mn) and phosphorus (P). It has a relatively high carbon content of 2% to 5%.
Common usages of cast iron: Historic markers and plaques hardware: hinges, latches, columns, balusters, stairs, structural connectors in buildings and monuments, decorative features, fences, tools and utensils, stoves and firebacks, piping.
Steel scrap chips are commonly found in metal fabricating shops and are a by-product of metal lathes. Steel chips are commonly coated with either oil, or water based solutions depending on the type f machine shop that they are coming out of.
Common usages: Metal fabricating shops