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Interco Recycles Smelter Scrap

Interco Recycles Smelter Scrap

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

Interco Recycles Nonferrous Metals for a Variety of Industries

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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 smelting process produces mining concentrates, filter cake, complex residues, skimmings, slag, dust, and spills. There are also occasional off-spec scrap pieces produced. Many of these by-products of smelter scrap contain nonferrous metals such as copper, nickel, cobalt, tin, and aluminum.

Interco Produces Smelter-Ready Materials

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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. In addition, the commercial trading department at Interco has established contracts with suppliers and end consumers around the globe. End consumers such as smelters 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 smelting industry contributes to both sides of the of the recycling process. Interco receives the smelting process byproducts in mixed or straight loads. Interco then uses various procedures to separate, sort, grade, clean, and repackage materials. Consumers around the world then purchase the repackaged metals as smelter-ready materials.

The Importance of Recycling Smelter Scrap

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Nearly all metals are recyclable without damage to 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 smelter 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:

  • R2v3 – Responsible Recycling Standards
  • ISO 14001 – Environmental Management Systems
  • ISO 9001 – Quality Management Systems
  • ISO 45001 – Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series Management Systems

Smelters Worldwide Rely on Interco

Interco recycles nonferrous metals including smelter 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 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, smelters all over the world rely on Interco for scrap metal recycling and the delivery of smelter-ready materials.

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