What is Ferrous Metal?
Ferrous metals are the most recycled material. The easiest way to tell if a metal is ferrous is to see if it’s magnetic. If it is magnetic, then it’s ferrous.
Any alloy or metal that contains a meaningful amount of iron is considered ferrous. Ferrous metals are traditionally used because of their material strength. Thus, ferrous metals are used extensively in the manufacturing industry as well as for structures, such as bridges and skyscrapers.
Despite their many attractive properties, ferrous metals are vulnerable to rust and corrosion. In most cases, ferrous metals that are rusted or corroded can still be recycled.
Common ferrous metals include carbon steel, steel, and cast iron. Although, as you can see in the ferrous metals list below, the category includes a wide array of metals.
Examples of ferrous metals we accept:
- #1 Heavy Melt
- #2 Heavy Melt
- Stainless Steel
- Plate & structural
- Unprepared plate
- Cast iron
- Steel dies
- Carbon Steel