Metal Recycling Facility

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Accurate Metals offers two scrap yard locations.  Both recycle ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Deliver your scrap to us or request a dumpster for large volumes and be redeemed promptly.

Contact us for current scrap metal prices at 610-583-7177

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Accurate Metals – Darby
25 N. 5th Street
Darby, PA 19023
610-583-7177

Hours: M-F 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

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Accurate Metals – Lansdowne
508 E. Baltimore Ave
Lansdowne, PA 19050
610-623-8202

Hours: M-F 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM – 12 PM
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What are Ferrous Metals?

Metals containing iron such as steel and iron alloys such as stainless steel.

  • Mild Steel – lowest carbon content of 0.1 to .3% and iron content of 99.7 – 99.9%. Used commonly for engineering and non-specialized products.
  • Carbon Steel – higher carbon content of 0.6 – 1.4% and iron content of 98.6 – 99.4%. Used to manufacture cutting tools such as drill bits and knives.
  • Stainless Steel – or corrosion-resistant steel, consists of iron, nickel and chromium. Used commonly for cutlery and surgical instrumentation.
  • Cast Iron – carbon content of 2 – 6% and iron content of 94 – 98%. Very strong steel but brittle. Commonly used to manufacture claw-foot bathtubs, patio furniture, engine blocks and manhole covers.
  • Wrought Iron – almost 100% iron. Commonly used for railings, gates and fencing.

What are Non Ferrous Metals?

  • Aluminum – an alloy of copper, manganese and aluminum. Very lightweight and pliable. Used in window frames, gutters, roof flashing, and aircraft parts.
  • Copper – A naturally occurring element. Copper has the best electrical conductivity of all other elements after silver. Also a thermal conductor. Used for wiring, tubing, and plumbing. Also commonly alloyed with other metals such as zinc, lead and tin to produce items such as water valves.
  • Brass – A combination of copper and zinc. Commonly used for ornamental purposes such as door knobs and within electrical fittings.
  • Silver – Another naturally occurring element, but mixing with copper creates sterling silver. Used for jewelry and within electrical fittings.
  • Lead – A naturally occurring element commonly used in battery plates that function as electrodes. Also used as protection against X-rays.
  • Tin – one of the most expensive non-ferrous metals, making recycling tin very important. Used to coat steel cans, manufacture springs, glass coating and in car parts.

Recycling Processes for Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals

  1. Sorting – All metals must be separated from each other by “grade”
  2. Baling and transporting – Non-ferrous metals are compacted or containerized for transportation to smelting plants.
  3. Shearing – Hydraulic shears used to cut metals into manageable size
  4. Separation – magnets used to separate ferrous contaminants. Electrical currents, air, and liquid floats also used for further processing.
  5. Melting – Each grade of metal is melted down in a furnace, poured into molds and shaped into ingots to be used as feedstock to manufacture new products.
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