The most common stainless steel grades recycled are stainless 304 and 316. They can be found in household appliances, cooking equipment as well as in tubes, various bars and rails, sheets and plates.
Stainless 304 comprises of iron, chromium and nickel, while 316 is alloyed also with molybdenum which attracts a higher price. As it poses a significant difficulty for sellers to define the 2 types, it’s a good idea to drop into one of our sites with a sample to obtain an accurate quote from one of our expert scrap buyers.
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Stainless steel is mainly used in corrosion resistant electrical enclosures, auto molding and trim, wheel covers, kitchen equipment, hose clamps, exhaust manifolds, stainless hardware, storage tanks, pressure vessels and piping. It has a minimum of 18% chromium and 8% nickel.
Stainless steel 316 is commonly used in industrial applications involving processing chemicals, as well as high-saline environments such as coastal regions and outdoor areas where de-icing salts are common. Due to its non-reactive qualities, 316 stainless steel is also used in the manufacture of medical surgical instruments. As 304 and 316 stainless look practically identical, Stainless 316 will need to be analysed by one of our experts
Stainless steel turnings consist of clean stainless steel containing a minimum 7% nickel and 16% chrome, and to be free of nonferrous metals, nonmetallics, excessive iron, oil and other contaminants.
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