Why Does Direct Metals Recycling Only Accept Non-Ferrous Metals?

Last week we shared with you the differences between ferrous and non-ferrous metalsbut the question that blog might have left you with is, “why does Direct Metals Recycling only accept non-ferrous metals?” This week, we’ve got the answer for you, and it is more straight forward than you might initially expect.

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Direct Metals Recycling is extremely environmentally conscious  We strive to do everything we can to keep pollutants out of the ecosystem, and of course reduce, reuse, and recycle! This is our main reason for primarily accepting non-ferrous metals. The bulk of ferrous metal recycling consists of steel, and most steel that is available for recycling is from cars. Cars and car parts are bulky and dirty, and require a large amount of space for storage. When cars are brought in for recycling, it is required that they first be drained of all fuel, oil, and other fluids – but the truth is, you are never going to get an engine completely free of every drop of liquid. When engines are then stored outdoors, on dirt lots, the oil and fluids are then free to drip into the soil and evaporate into the environment. This can lead to rain and ground water pollution.

Our Facilities

All of Direct Metals Recycling collection centers are in buildings with concrete slab floors. This protects the environment from any adverse affects of the metal recycling process. Our centers simply do not contain enough space to safely house and contain the amounts of steel that come in from ferrous metal recycling, so we choose to only recycle non-ferrous metals and protect our environment.

Direct Metals Recycling hopes that you are as environmentally conscious as we are, and take your ferrous scrap metal to centers that protect their environments with proper metal storage and water testing procedures. In the meantime, we always have room for your non-ferrous scrap metal in Atlanta, GA and surrounding areas!

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