Steel Scrap Metal Recycling Encompasses Wide Array of Steel Alloys

Posted on December 13, 2012 by - Scrap Metal Recycling

Steel scrap metal, one of the most commonly recycled metals, includes a diverse assortment of forms and applications. 

Scrap metal recycling encompasses a wide range of metal recycling services, but the most common process is steel recycling.  At Ferrous Processing & Trading, steel scrap metal recycling makes up one of the largest components of their services.

One of the reasons steel recycling is so prevalent is because of the sheer quantity of steel that is used throughout the world.  Steel is the most-recycled metal at FPT and in the United States in general.  Steel is one of the significant indicators of economic development within a region or country because it has so many applications.  Steel scrap metal can be sourced from everything from household appliances to automotive parts, to construction and more.


Not all steel is the same.  There are many different varieties of steel depending on its intended use and application.  Here is a look at some of the most common:


Carbon Steel

Most modern steel tends to be carbon steel, a blend of iron and carbon. Carbon steel can be strengthened by adding manganese and other elements.  This is known as high-strength, low-alloy steel and is generally more expensive.


Stainless Steel

Another common kind of steel is stainless steel.  The metal alloy got its name not for being impervious to staining, but because it stains less than other steel alloys.  Stainless steel is made by blending chromium and occasionally nickel into steel.  Stainless steel is used for household appliances, storage containers, and architectural applications.

Tool Steel

Another form of steel that is widely used is tool steel.  This blend is leavened with cobalt or tungsten and is consequently very strong and more heat resistant.  Because of its unique properties, this type of steel is often used just as its name implies, to build tools.  Tool steel is found in drills, axes, chisels, and saw blades or any kind of tool that requires a strong cutting edge.

There are many other kinds of steel.  The possibilities and applications for iron-based alloys are virtually limitless.  However, these particular forms are most commonly used.  No matter the form, Ferrous Processing & Trading specializes in scrap steel recycling for both private and commercial clients.

FPT Scrap Metal Recycling Services

Ferrous Processing & Trading is one of North America’s premier processors, sellers, and recyclers of scrap metals of all kinds.  They are supported by the unique skills and experience of the management, commercial, and operations teams.  Their ownership assures both financial strength and a deep commitment to the industry and their customers.  FPT’s reputation is built on the core values of integrity, expertise, responsiveness, and creativity in the scrap metal recycling industry.


Ferrous Processing & Trading is a key supplier to the metals industry of North America.  They are also a major scrap metals management company for the U.S. auto industry.  From every stage of the metal recycling process from the assembly line to the used parts pile then through the scrap processing yard and into the furnace, FPT has the right answers for handling and marketing metal.


Ferrous Processing & Trading

3400 E. Lafayette

Detroit, MI 48207