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Interco Provides Mill Recycling Services

Interco Provides Mill Recycling Services

Interco recycles nonferrous metals for a variety of different trades including the automotive, telecom, solar panel, and milling industries. The company also specializes in recycling nonferrous metals into smelter-ready materials. The company sorts, grades, processes, and packages these metals specifically for mills around the nation. Recycling both waste from the milling process and providing metals crucial to the milling industry is important for bottom lines and the environment. In addition, the Interco facility is well equipped to handle large-scale scrap metal recycling. Companies around the world choose Interco for mill recycling and the purchase smelter-ready materials.

Interco Recycles Nonferrous Metals for the Milling Industry

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Interco processes over 12 million pounds of nonferrous material each month. The company uses several different processes to recycle nonferrous metals:

  1. Firstly, both mechanical separators and hand sorting techniques separate metals according to grade.
  2. Secondly, if necessary, the materials undergo processing in the metallic powder and dust separation plant.
  3. Next, a machine shreds the sorted metals into smaller pieces.
  4. 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 milling process produces skimmings, dross, slag, and dust. There are also occasional off-spec scrap pieces produced. Many of these by-products of milling scrap contain nonferrous metals such as aluminum, brass, and copper.

Interco Produces High-Quality Metals for Mills

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Interco specializes in producing smelter-ready materials for smelters, foundries, and mills worldwide. The staff at Interco has over 150 years of combined experience in sorting and grading nonferrous metals. Multiple facilities and techniques are used during the recycling process to increase the value of scrap metals sold to mills:

  • Dust Separation Plant
  • Metallic Powder Plant
  • Battery Processing Plant
  • E-scrap Separation Line
  • Mechanical Separation Techniques
  • Magnetic Separation Techniques
  • Hand Separation Techniques
  • Pyrometallurgical Treatments
  • Shredding and Pre-Shredding Processes

Mills required a reliable source of high-quality metals. The commercial trading department at Interco has established contracts with suppliers and end consumers around the globe. End consumers such as 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 contracts allow Interco to pay higher prices than other recycling companies who must search for an end consumer.

The Importance of Mill Recycling Services

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Nearly all metals are easily recycled without damaging their original properties. Primary production of products uses raw materials or ingots which relies on high energy levels. On the other hand, 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. Using recycled metal to produce new products also drives down production costs, increasing profit margins. It is much more affordable for companies to use existing scrap metal than to mine new ores.

The Interco Facility is Equipped for Large-Scale Scrap Metal Recycling

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Interco recycles milling scrap at their the 450,000+ square foot recycling facility. The Interco recycling facility is comprised 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 nonferrous metal recycling processes use the remainder of the indoor facility. 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

Mills Across the Country Rely on Interco

Since mills require specific, high-quality metals, Interco employs staff with the highest levels of metal grading training. The company ships sorted, graded, and repackaged scrap metals to customers worldwide. The company specializes in the subsequent placement of smelter-ready materials to end consumers across the globe. In addition, 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, mills all over the nation rely on Interco for mill recycling and the delivery of high-quality metals.

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