Recycling your scrap metal is important to our economy and environment. Did you know that in 2009, the United States recycled 58 million metric tons of metal? Or that over 600 steel or aluminum cans are recycled every second? A lot of that recycled metal went into the manufacture of new products and not in our landfills.
Steel can be recycled almost indefinitely without losing quality. In fact, scrap steel is essential to the production of new steel. At least 25 percent of new steel consists of recycled material.
Ferrous Metals The term ferrous is an adjective used to indicate the presence of iron. Ferrous metals include steel and pig iron which contain a few percent of carbon and alloys of iron with other metals, such as stainless steel.