Newspapers, cardboard boxes, and soda cans are probably a few of things that come to mind when you think of what can be recycled. This is far from an exhaustive list. In fact, there are quite a few different types of metal that can be recycled as well. This is referred to as scrap metal. Scrap metal is in high demand! This reason alone makes it worth your time to gather the metals, including stainless steel, at your home or job site and take them to OC Recycling.

Learn a Bit More About Stainless Steel

One of the most-often overlooked characteristics of stainless steel is its environmental sustainability. According to the Steel Recycling Institute, one ton of recycled stainless steel saves an astonishing 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal, and 120 pounds of limestone. 

Yes- stainless steel is 100% recyclable! This is one reason stainless steel is so valuable. The vast majority of stainless steel is manufactured using previously recycled materials. ‘New’ products made from stainless steel already contain about 60% recycled materials, making it one of the most sustainable metals around. Thisability to be reused over and over is why it is considered one of the most valuable commodities within the metal market.

This miracle metal was first introduced in the early 1900s. Since then, it has become one of the most versatile, widely used, and valuable metals on Earth. It can now be found almost everywhere, making it easy to find, recycle, and get paid for scrapping. Yes- don’t forget that when you recycle stainless steel with OC Recycling, you get paid cash! 

Stainless steel can be found anywhere and has many differing forms. The two most common classifications are Type 304 and Type 304L. Type 304 is austenitic, meaning non-magnetic. It is the most widely used form of stainless steel, due to the fact that it can withstand corrosion caused by chemicals that are produced from food processes. It is found in kitchen items, sinks, refrigerators, storage tanks, tabletops, coffee pots, and more. 304L is a version of stainless steel that has a slightly lower mechanical property, but is still versatile. It is ideal for manufacturing bolts, nuts, and screws that are used in saltwater. 

Recycle Stainless Steel at OC Recycling 

Recycling scrap metal is a fantastic way to make extra cash. Exactly how much can you expect to make? The weighted average of all stainless steel varies daily, and it is difficult to say for sure what it will be worth when you’re ready to come in with your metal. We encourage you to call us or visit our Orange County recycling centers in person to learn the up-to-date value of your stainless steel scrap items.