Metal Recycling Facility
We purchase scrap metal
Accurate Metals purchases 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
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
- Sorting – All metals must be separated from each other by “grade”
- Baling and transporting – Non-ferrous metals are compacted or containerized for transportation to smelting plants.
- Shearing – Hydraulic shears used to cut metals into manageable size
- Separation – magnets used to separate ferrous contaminants. Electrical currents, air, and liquid floats also used for further processing.
- 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.