There are three constants in the world today, the earth is not getting any bigger, the number of people in the world is increasing, and people continue to generate trash and waste. As the amount of trash produced increases, the need to recycle is becoming more and more important. There are even more facts available as to why recycling is important. On amazing statistic: in New York City, people produce massive amounts of trash daily, enough to fill the entire Empire State Building. Recycling one copy, for every subscriber, of a single edition of The New York Times, we could save 75,000 trees. That’s just trees, quickly image the amount of metal, wires, x-ray film, and other items that need be disposed of properly.
BMC Recycling is the industry leader in recycling services. We are one of the fastest growing refining and recycling companies in the United States. We proudly possess the experience, knowledge, facilities and equipment to handle your recycling needs.
Stainless Steel Recycling
To understand they why and how of stainless steel recycling, one must understand what stainless steel is. Stainless steel is an iron alloy containing nickel and chromium for protection against corrosion and rust. Stainless steel is strong and high temperature resistant allowing optimal performance under harsh environmental and chemical conditions. Ideal for use in the construction, automotive and transportation industry and versatile enough for household such as kitchen appliances and cutlery. Due to the unique mixture of metals within stainless steel, the need to recycle is important to slow the depletion of natural resources. The process of recycling stainless steel is a five-step process:
- Sorting – This step is more difficult because of the non-magnetic nature of stainless steel.
- Baling – Large blocks of stainless steel products are compacted for handling and transport.
- Shearing – Large, bulky, heavy stainless steel is broken smaller pieces by hydraulic machinery.
- Media separation – Rotating magnetic drums within shredders are used to separate out ferrous metals. Further separation is accomplished using electrical currents, liquid floating systems, and high-pressure air flow.
- Melting – A furnace is used to melt the stainless steel until it reaches a pre-prescribed purity level. Once melted, it is then poured into casters and shaped into ingots or slabs, for further transformation into flat sheets.
Stainless steel is 100% recyclable and loses none of its original physical properties during the process.
Titanium is highly used metal, thus there is a corresponding large amount of titanium scrap and titanium alloy scrap to recycle. Titanium scrap and titanium alloy scrap is useful due to its corrosion resistance, high melting temperature, and hard but lightweight properties. The corrosion resistance of titanium is due to it not being a ferrus metal, thus no significant levels of iron or steel is present. Titanium is recycled from the engines and structural components of satellites, airplanes, and spacecraft. Additionally, titanium is used in medical procedures, such as joint replacements, and armor plates for military vehicles. Recycling titanium reduces the need for raw titanium and uses less energy than producing components from raw materials, while saving money and creating less pollution. Titanium fabricators have made substantial investments in cold hearth and other re-melting furnaces, which has improved the economy of recycling.
From metals to x-rays and more, BMC Recycling is available and ready to help you recycle your unwanted items. Call us today for more information. (214)493-8363