Stainless Steel Scrap Metal in Houston
Recycle Stainless Steel Scrap Metal at the South Post Oak Recycling Center
People have tried to create rust-resistant metal alloys for centuries. There have been documented successes in this area since the early part of the 19th Century. However, the development of what modern people call stainless steel didn't happen until the beginning of the 20th Century.
In 1913, a British metal worker named Harry Brearley discovered that a mixture of chromium and steel made the steel more resistant to rust, or staining. He made this discovery while working to improve rifle barrels but had not intended to invent stainless steel. It was a happy accident.
What is Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is a metal alloy that is usually defined of having at least 12 percent chromium to make it resistant to corrosion. To improve its resistance to rust for very tough environments, the percentage of chromium could be as great as 26 percent. This alloy does not corrode easily, but it is not fully rustproof.
The basic components of the alloy called stainless steel are iron, carbon, and chromium. In modern times, it may also contain other metals like nickel or titanium. Stainless steel producers use different blends of metals to enhance stain resistance and other properties, like strength.
Common Recyclable Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel is heavily produced in industrial and manufacturing environments, and South Post Oak Recycling Center accepts bulk amounts of steel recycling.
Besides being resistant to staining, this alloy also has a bright luster. These qualities make it perfect for dozens of common applications. Almost everybody owns flatware, a watch, or cookware made out of stainless steel. Very often, these items will have a stamp to indicate that they are made out of this useful metal alloy.
Because it is so durable, people may not think of stainless steel when they consider recyclable metals. However, recyclers are actually able to process this alloy without any loss. That means that it is possible to create new objects that are made from 100 percent recycled stainless steel.
People who decide to recycle their old cookware, cutlery, etc. can earn some extra cash and feel good about the fact that their unneeded items can be turned into new, coveted items with a lot less energy and waste than mining for more metals.