At the end of the day, it's easy to discard scrap metal into the trash. That being said, most metals are actually recyclable, and can be used to produce all sorts of new materials. Your junk metal can contribute to a variety of concepts, from new tin cans and packaging materials to machinery components and building foundations. Best of all, you can get paid for recycling your old metal materials!
We urge you to browse the following sections to learn more about our accepted metals. Our team is always standing by to provide an honest quote on your scrap materials. We take great pride in catering to clients throughout Portland, ME; Portsmouth, NH; Boston, MA; and beyond!
Aluminum is a very common and easily recyclable metal; it is often recycled into the same product it was originally used for. In fact, roughly 75% of aluminum products in use today have been around since the 1880s. Unfortunately, aluminum is often discarded rather than recycled. For example, each US citizen consumes at least one beverage from an aluminum can every day, adding up to about 3 million tons of lost aluminum each year.
Aluminum is strong yet lightweight and flexible. It is a great conductor of heat and is an inexpensive metal to use for many purposes. Because of its properties, aluminum is commonly used for the following functions:
High-voltage power lines
Automobile engines and wheels
Pots, pans, muffin tins, etc.
Cans and foil
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Due to its softness and flexibility, copper has been in use for thousands of years. If we continue to consume copper at our current rate, however, the Earth's reserves will become depleted and remaining copper products will skyrocket in price. Fortunately, recycled copper is 95% as valuable as newly-mined ore, and is less expensive. Copper is extremely durable, a great conductor of electricity and can withstand high temperatures, making it ideal for:
Roofing and gutters
Plumbing pipes and fittings
Electrical circuits and wiring
Pots, pans, and other cookware
Approximately 74% of lead used in today's manufacturing is recycled, and about 80% of produced lead is used in lead-acid batteries. Since lead can be highly toxic, it is extremely important to make sure all lead items are recycled through a responsible and reputable recycling facility. Batteries of all types should be recycled, not discarded. Recycled lead is often used for:
Fishing tackle (lead is heavy-weight and corrosion-resistant)
Electrode plates in automobile batteries
X-ray aprons (X-rays cannot penetrate lead)
Iron & Steel
The presence of iron in any metal makes it a ferrous
metal. Steel is an alloy of iron with carbon added to it for extra strength and durability. Due to the fact that recycled steel is less expensive to produce than new ore, over 60% of US-manufactured steel is produced using recycled scrap. Steel is actually commonly used in "tin" food cans, which contain only a thin layer of tin on the outside to prevent corrosion, making the recycling of these cans very important. Steel that has been recycled is commonly used in:
Food cans and other tin-plated containers
Nuts, bolts, screws and tools
Farm equipment and heavy machinery
Ships, bridges, trains and railways
Appliances, cabinets and doors
Unlike ordinary steel, stainless steel does not rust or corrode over time. Stainless steel products on the market today are made up of about 60% recycled material. The demand for stainless steel products has doubled over the past ten years, due to its durability and attractive look. Most common uses of stainless steel are:
Cutlery and cookware
Brackets, bolts and auto exhaust parts
Passenger train cars
Water and sewage treatment equipment
Berwick Iron and Metal Recycling | 106 Rt 236, Berwick, ME 03901 | 207-698-9933