Interco Recycles Ingot Maker Scrap
Interco recycles nonferrous metals for a variety of different trades including the automotive, telecom, solar panel, and ingot maker industries. The company specializes in processing nonferrous metals, including ingot maker scrap, into smelter-ready materials. The company sorts, grades, processes, and packages these metals specifically for ingot makers. Recycling scrap from ingot makers and producing smelter-ready materials is important for both bottom lines and the environment. The Interco facility is equipped to handle large-scale scrap metal recycling. The facility and staff cater to both suppliers and consumers around the world.
Interco Recycles Nonferrous Metals for a Variety of Industries
Interco processes over 12 million pounds of nonferrous material each month. The company uses several different processes to recycle nonferrous metals:
- Firstly, both mechanical separators and hand sorting techniques separate metals according to grade.
- Secondly, if necessary, the materials undergo processing in the metallic powder and dust separation plant.
- Next, a machine shreds the sorted metals into smaller pieces.
- Lastly, the sorted, graded, and processed metals are packaged for shipment to end customers. These customers will refine and smelt the metal into ingots for manufacturers to use to make new products.
The ingot making process produces skimmings, sludges, dross, and dust. The manufacturing processes also produces occasional off-spec scrap pieces. Many of these by-products of ingot maker scrap contain nonferrous metals such as aluminum, copper, nickel, brass, and zinc.
Interco Produces Smelter-Ready Materials
Interco specializes in producing smelter-ready materials for ingot makers, smelter, foundries, and mills worldwide. The staff at Interco has over 150 years of combined experience in sorting and grading nonferrous metals. The commercial trading department at Interco has established contracts with suppliers and end consumers around the globe. End consumers such as smelters, refineries, and mills often require inbound loads weigh at least 40,000 pounds. Many recycling companies cannot generate this much, but Interco can by using contracting partners. These end consumers rely on Interco to provide a recurring stream of material. These contracts allow Interco to pay higher prices than other recycling companies who must search for an end consumer.
The ingot making industry contributes to both sides of the of the recycling process. Interco receives the byproducts of the ingot making process in mixed or straight loads. Interco then uses various procedures to separate, sort, grade, clean, and repackage materials. Consumers, including ingot makers, buy the repackaged, smelter-ready materials.
The Importance of Recycling Ingot Maker Scrap
Nearly all metals can be easily recycled without damaging their original properties. The process of reusing metals rather than mining for new ones is called urban mining. Primary production of products uses raw materials or ingots which relies on high energy levels. Secondary production processes use recycled metals to create new products. This process is significantly less-energy intensive. Secondary production is 92% more energy efficient than primary production. The reduction of recyclable metals entering the waste stream also lowers the impact of potentially toxic materials entering the environment. Therefore, when using urban mining the overall strain on landfills and the environment is reduced.
The urban mining process offers economical benefits as well. It is much more affordable for companies to use existing scrap metal than to mine for new ores. Therefore, using recycled metal in manufacturing drives down production costs, increasing profit margins.
Large-Scale Scrap Metal Recycling at Interco
Interco recycles ingot maker scrap at their the 450,000+ square foot recycling facility. The Interco recycling facility consists of seven buildings on more than 45 acres centrally located on the Illinois-side of St. Louis in the shadows of the Gateway Arch. The Interco recycling facility processes over 20 million pounds of material per month. The facility boasts a 145,000 square foot processing plant dedicated to the processing of computers and electronics. The remainder of the indoor facility is used to recycle nonferrous metals. Some aspects of scrap metal recycling can be dangerous. The staff at Interco is highly qualified to safely recycle high-risk materials. Several certifications demonstrate the company’s commitment to safe and secure recycling practices:
- R2:2013 – Responsible Recycling Standards
- ISO 14001 – Environmental Management Systems
- ISO 9001 – Quality Management Systems
- OHSAS 18001 – Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series Management Systems
Ingot Makers Worldwide Rely on Interco
Interco recycles nonferrous metals including ingot maker scrap. The company specializes in the subsequent placement of smelter-ready materials to end consumers across the globe. The company ships sorted, graded, and repackaged nonferrous scrap to customers worldwide. The Interco commercial department utilizes established partnerships with end consumers in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia to provide the highest return on investment to their customers. As a result, ingot makers all over the world rely on Interco for scrap metal recycling and the delivery of smelter-ready materials.