How to Recycle Stainless Steel Scrap Metal

Updated February 21, 2017

Many different household items can be recycled. Stainless steel scrap metal, for example, is classified as a ferrous metal, and it can be recycled to create new products. By breaking down existing metal to make new products, both natural resources and energy are saved. Before you can recycle your stainless steel scrap metal, you will need to do just a bit of research about the recycling options in your local area. Stainless steel is a unique type of metal that can always be recycled.

Contact the original manufacturer of your stainless steel scrap metal item to see if they will either pick up your item to be recycled or allow you to mail it to them. If they don't have a recycling program in place, ask which grade of stainless steel that product was made from or consult a manual. Stainless steel grades are separated into the 300 and 400 series and are recycled with items within their same grade.

Talk to your local city or county government if you have no luck with the manufacturer. Some local governments have programs in place for collecting scrap metal and taking it to a local recycling facility. Since stainless steel is often used in household items, some governments may be willing to take those items as donations instead of having to melt them down.

Call your local solid waste processing facility and tell them which grade of stainless steel scrap metal you have (items found in your kitchen typically are type 304). Processing is one of the stages in the recycling of stainless steel scrap metals. Your local facility might allow you to drop off your scrap metal for recycling or they may pick it up for you.

Find a local recycling centre if your city government cannot help you. Call before you haul in your scrap metal to make sure they accept stainless steel.


You can find recycling centres that recycle stainless steel scrap metal by using online resources, such as Earth 911 or the "USA Scrap Dealers Directory" page of the Scrap Metal Network website. Depending on the size of your item or the amount of stainless steel scrap metal you have, you may need to schedule a pickup.

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