How Your Metal Fab Shop Can Profit from Recycling Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Scrap Metals

12 September 2016
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog


Your metal fab shop most likely produces a great deal of scrap. Your scrap metal may be stacked up behind your shop as you wait for an opportunity to use it in new orders. However, if your scrap-metal pile is becoming large, and you have not used any of it in new orders, leaving the metal in a pile could be a huge waste and profit loss. Instead of waiting to use your scrap, consider recycling to earn a profit from it. Learn more about ferrous and non-ferrous metals and which ones you can collect for the recycling center nearest your business.

Ferrous Metals Are Commonly Used in Metal Fabrication

Ferrous metals contain iron while non-ferrous metals do not. In your metal fab shop, your scrap-metal pile more than likely contains more ferrous metals than non-ferrous metals. Ferrous metals include stainless steel, wrought iron, cast iron, carbon steel, and mild steel with a low carbon content. Ferrous metals are melted down into ingot bricks after going through a stringent process of being sorted, baled, and sheared. If the parts you make are generally manufactured out of ferrous metals, having a dumpster from a company such as Parks & Sons of Sun City, Inc. in place to put the scrap in is a good idea. Placing scrap metal directly into a dumpster allows you to keep it separate from non-ferrous metals like brass, tin, and silver while also keeping it protected from the elements. You can have a dumpster delivered to your business on a regular schedule and have the ones you fill up hauled away while you get cash for the metal inside them, a much more profitable option than leaving scrap piled up waiting to be used.

Non-Ferrous Metals Can Also Earn You Profits

Your machinists may not manufacture parts from non-ferrous metals every day, but they all may drink from aluminum cans at break, or they may have old tools that are ready to be tossed out. Non-ferrous metals like brass, silver, tin, and copper can also be collected in a small dumpster for recycling. You may be surprised to see how fast a dumpster will fill up at your workplace with items made out of non-ferrous metals. When the time comes to have a small dumpster filled with non-ferrous metals hauled away, you can look forward to earning a profit you would otherwise not made had those items just been tossed into the trash.

Finding every way to save money in your metal fab shop is vital for you to not only remain profitable but also move forward without losing money due to waste. Take the time to set up dumpsters at your fab shop for collecting ferrous and non-ferrous metals so you can start earning a greater profit from scrap now.