General Iron is a Vital Part of the Recycling Process

Our metal recycling operation provides a vital process to transform discarded, used metal products into a raw material that steel mills and foundries use to efficiently produce new metal for a multitude of industrial and manufacturing needs. This life cycle of creating new metal from scrap metal supports an eco-system that keeps landfills from becoming graves for autos, appliances, demolition material and other discarded metal, and just as importantly, requires less energy and preserves natural resources.

  • Recycling Process

    More than 80 million tons of steel are recycled each year in North America and General Iron plays an important role in this recycling chain.

    Recycling Process
  • 1

    Purchasing

    We purchase discarded and end of life recyclable material from a variety of sources and only from suppliers who are registered to do business with us. We value the strong relationships we have developed with our suppliers and treat them as our business partners.

    Purchasing
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    Collecting

    Certain types of materials are not handled by city sanitation workers and require special handling and disposal, so we provide a community service by collecting these items even though they have no re-sale value. We then pay EPA-permitted contractors to pick-up and process these materials to ensure they are handled and/or disposed of responsibly.

    Collecting
  • 3

    Screening

    We have strict guidelines governing items we recycle, so we employ nine inspectors who examine all material before it is accepted for processing.

    Screening
  • 4

    Cleaning

    We have invested millions of dollars in filtration systems to capture and clean the air and water in order to minimize the impact on our environment.

    Cleaning
  • 5

    Processing

    We process and separate recyclable materials. Our unique processing systems allow for most of the material to be transformed into consumable ferrous and non-ferrous products for steel mills, foundries and other end users.

    Processing
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    Creating

    Steel mills and foundries use their own processing techniques to transform our recycled material into new steel and metal products for various industries. Using recycled metal in the production of new steel requires 70 percent less energy and reduces greenhouse gases by more than 50 percent versus producing new steel using raw materials. The energy saved is enough to power 18 million households for a year.

    Creating
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    Building / Constructing

    Steel mills and foundries sell their material to an array of industries and manufacturers who create a wide variety of infrastructure and consumer products that people use every day. Using scrap metal instead of mining for natural resources protects our environment and drives costs lower for all consumers.

    Building / Constructing
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    Conserving / Protecting

    We play a critical role in the life cycle of creating new products from end of life products. The alternative is filling landfills with recyclable materials or allowing recyclable scrap metal to congest city streets and alleys.

    Conserving / Protecting
  • General Iron takes pride in our pivotal role in the recycling process. Metal recycling supports the earth’s sustainability by conserving energy and natural resources while also protecting the environment for future generations.