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A Comparison of Heavy and Light Iron Recycling

Ferrous metals are the most common type of scrap metal. This category includes metals containing iron as their primary element, such as stainless steel. Because of their superior strength and durability, ferrous metals are used in many industries, including construction, automotive, and manufacturing. They also are suitable for architectural and structural applications, often being used to create skyscrapers, bridges, and railways.

Iron is one of the most recycled metals on the planet partly because of how straightforward it is to reprocess. However, not all iron is the same. Sgt. Scrap is a premier scrap metal dealer serving customers in New Jersey, as well as Delaware, southeast Pennsylvania, and parts of New York. Here, we discuss heavy vs. light irons, what they are, and where they can be found.

Light Iron

Light iron is a common ferrous metal that you’ve probably come across without even realizing it. It’s a light gauge metal used in almost all consumer applications and industrial applications. The following are some common applications that include light iron:

  • Appliances: Washers, dryers, refrigerators, stoves, or any other home or industrial appliance features light iron and can be recycled.
  • Lawn equipment: Lawnmowers, weed whackers, blowers, or any yard items containing metal generally consist of light iron and can be recycled. 

Heavy Iron

Heavy iron, or heavy melting scrap, is metal categorized as recyclable steel and wrought iron. Heavy iron is generally broken up into two categories; HMS 1 and HMS 2. The difference between the two is HMS 1 contains no galvanized and blackened steel, whereas HMS 2 does. In terms of recycling, common examples of heavy iron include:

  • Heavy torching: Industrial pieces consisting of heavy, thick iron that needs to be cut using a torch
  • #1 prepared: Heavy melt iron with a width thickness generally more than a quarter-inch that is no more than 5 feet by 2 feet in size
  • #1 unprepared: Heavy melt iron with a width thickness of more than a quarter-inch that doesn’t fit the 5 feet by 2 feet prepared size
  • Rotor/drum: Components used on automobiles, trucks, and other equipment made from cast iron
  • Cast iron: Iron that’s been poured into molds to form shapes
  • Busheling: Iron mostly used in auto manufacturing, HVAC, and other manufacturing, and typically consisting of new, clean metal sheets or scrap clippings

Iron Recycling at Sgt. Scrap

As a premier scrap dealer in New Jersey, Sgt. Scrap is happy to accept all types of scrap metal, including heavy and light iron. Customers with unused or unwanted scrap can choose to recycle it responsibly and be compensated fairly for it at one of our convenient locations in Haddon Township and Pennsauken Township, NJ. We aim to offer each client the most competitive rate for their scrap. Clients who prefer to have their scrap transported for them to our scrap yard are welcome to take advantage of our various services:

Mobile Pickup

Hauling scrap metal can be dangerous without the proper equipment. Clients who would rather have their scrap transported for them instead of doing it themselves can use our mobile pickup services. When you opt for this service, we’ll schedule a time and date with you for one of our team members to come and haul away your scrap iron and other acceptable metals. Once your scrap has been inspected and weighed, we will make certain you are properly paid. This service requires you to have at least 500 pounds of non-ferrous scrap metal. This service does not pick up steel or any ferrous goods.

Roll-Off Dumpsters

It is common for large construction jobs and renovation projects to collect various types of scrap metal. When just lying around, this scrap can be hazardous for any site workers or others that pass through. Our roll-off dumpsters allow clients to safely collect any scrap metal at their leisure. Once your container is full, our team will promptly arrive to collect it and haul it back to our scrap yard. From there, the contents of your container are sorted and weighed to ensure you are compensated fairly. This service requires you to have at least 5,000 pounds of scrap metal.

Customers throughout New Jersey, as well as Delaware, southeast Pennsylvania, and parts of New York who are interested in learning more about our scrap services and the metals we accept should contact us today at Sgt. Scrap.

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