Since its inception 100 years ago, stainless steel has been used in numerous applications spanning multiple industries due to it’s inherent mechanical and corrosion-resistant properties. As increasing emphasis is being placed on opting for materials that are sustainable, and stainless steel once again stands out due to its superior environmental properties. Stainless steel is 100% recyclable, without any degradation, and a Stainless Steel Recycling Company in Baltimore MD is more than happy to help you dispose of scrap stainless steel.
According to the U.S EPA, in 2009 Americans produced in excess of 2.5 million tons of aluminum waste. This alone demonstrates the need for recycling scrap metals. The recycling of scrap metals reduces water and air pollution from manufacturing plants and produces products that are significantly cost-efficient. The process used to recycle scrap stainless steel is identical to that used to produce it. In addition, stainless steel is comprised of raw materials such as nickel, iron, chromium, and molybdenum -; all of which are highly sought after.
All of these attributes together make recycling stainless steel highly cost effective and have resulted in high recycling rates, particularly in such areas as architecture, construction, and building applications worldwide. According to recent studies published by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF), more than 90-percent of the stainless steel used in these applications is recycled at the end of their service.
For assistance in your scrap metal recycling needs contact us at stainless steel recycling company in Baltimore MD, for questions and help regarding recycling issues. Recycling centers recycle these common types of stainless steel: 301, 304, 305, 316, 317 and 321. These are referred to as “300 series” stainless steel with the 304 and 316 most used. They are typically found in automobile molding and trim, kitchen equipment, springs, hose clamps, piping, and storage tanks.
Stainless steel is highly sustainable and, therefore, tends to have a long lifetime in any application it is used in. An excellent example of stainless steels longevity is found in the form of the Empire State Building. Even though it has been subjected to pollution most of its existence and rarely cleaned, its stainless steel is still considered to be in outstanding condition. Choosing the right stainless steel for a particular application or use is the key to longevity. It also leads to reduced overall maintenance costs such a painting and cleaning expenditures.