Stainless Steel

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Stainless Steel Scrap Metal

Pots, pans, sinks, dining utensils, washing machine drums, commercial kitchen stoves, sinks, freezers, prep tables, transportation (exhaust systems, trim, grilles), and the medical field are just a few examples of daily objects made of stainless steel.

All stainless steels have at least 10.5% chromium and are mostly composed of iron. Chromium reacts with oxygen and moisture in the air to create an oxide film that covers the whole surface of the material and provides protection. Stainless steels are also manufactured with alloys of silicon, nickel, carbon, nitrogen, and manganese in addition to chromium.

Chromium gives stainless steel its high level of corrosion and rust resistance. In addition,

  • Resistant to high and low temperatures
  • Durable and strong
  • Easily fabricated
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Long lasting
  • Low lifecycle cost
  • Aesthetically attractive
  • Environmentally friendly and recyclable.

The grades of stainless steel are typically determined by the proportions of metals like chromium, nickel, and manganese. The SAE Steel Grades chart is one of the most popular stainless steel grading systems. The different stainless steel grades are divided into a series. From the 100-series through the 600-series, these are available. The 300-series will be used for the majority of stainless steel products in the US. The common stainless steel grades are 304, 306, and 316.

Stainless steel resists corrosion, stains, and oxidation/rust better than normal steel. Numerous industries, including aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, and oil and gas, employ stainless steel for a variety of purposes.

How to Scrap Stainless Steel

It’s critical to remove all glass, copper, aluminum, rubber, plastic, steel, rivets, and other things from stainless steel before you are ready to discard it. When stainless steel is clean, it is significantly more valuable. This is due to the laborious nature of cleaning unwanted contaminants from stainless steel before recycling.

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If you have stainless steel you need to scrap, contact Finger Lakes Recycling here for current rates on metal recycling. For large quantities, we offer scrap metal container services to store your stainless steel and allow for easier transport back to our facilities. 

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