When it comes to recycling, you want the best price possible for your items. To successfully achieve this and to avoid an embarrassing surprise when you get to the cashier, it is important to understand the different types of scrap metal. Although one metal may look like another, it may not be.
Stainless steel for instance, is composed of different alloys depending on it’s designated use. Due to the different alloys, there is also a different stainless steel price associated with each type. Here are the most common types to get you started.
This is the most common grade of stainless steel. It is non-magnetic and is used for most items you see and use every day within your home. For example, 304 is used in the production of kitchen appliances, pots, pans and flatware. Additionally, it is the primary grade used for nuts, bolts and screws. In the business setting, 304 can often be found within food and beverage processing plants where it is used in pipelines, valves, hauling equipment and storage tanks.
The second most common grade is 316, which is also non-magnetic. Type 316 has higher resistance to corrosion than 304. Therefore, it is the preferred grade for surgical steel, as well as for surgical implants which must be able to stand up against the human body. Due to it’s resistance capabilities, type 316 is also found in industrial equipment that is used for inks, textiles, photographic chemicals, bleaches and rubber. Additionally, 316L which is low grade 316, is what your watch and jewelry is made out of.
This a non-magnetic, iron based superalloy with extreme high heat and corrosion resistance, of up to 1300 degrees fahrenheit. It’s excellent heat resistance qualities make it ideal for jet engines, gas turbines, blades and fasteners.
The magnetic grades of stainless steel are found in the 400 series. The typical uses for this grade are in automotive trim and exhausts, cutlery style cooking utensils, replica knives and swords.
Now that you know what to look for, there should be nothing stopping you from venturing into stainless steel recycling. Whether you are looking in your home or helping to carry away worn down plane equipment from an airport garage, you will get the stainless steel price you deserve. Where will you look first?