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The key to profitable metal recycling

Over 400 million tons of metal is recycled each year. In the United States alone, an estimated 65 million tons of steel was recycled in steel mills and foundries in 2008. Recycling conserves precious natural resources, and the benefits to the environment in saved energy and reduced greenhouse gas emissions are also well recognized.

Scrap metal in a raw, unsorted form has low monetary value, is bulky and expensive to handle and transport, and attracts low margins as a trade commodity. Manual sorting based on appearance, magnetic behavior and similar physical properties to identify higher value metals is labor intensive, inaccurate and unreliable.

This paper discusses how handheld metals analyzers can take the uncertainty out of scrap sorting and positively identify alloy grades in seconds.

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