Information About Scrap Iron

It may surprise you to know this, but iron is the most common element on earth when distinguished by mass. And due to its durable and desirable properties of iron alloys, they are the most common industrial metal used. Iron chemical compounds have many uses. One, for instance, is iron oxide, which can be mixed with aluminum powder to ignite and create a thermite reaction. That sort of reaction is used in welding and purifying ores.

Irving Recyclables specializes in the recycling of many scrap metals, so if you are in possession of some iron and you would like to dispose of it, bring it down to our Long Island location today. By recycling with us, you will be helping the environment, as reused iron means no new iron will need to be manufactured. And on top of that, you can even earn a few extra bucks for your trip. Not too shabby.


Iron Facts

  • Atomic Number: 26
  • Standard Atomic Weight: 55.845 
  • Melting Point: 1811 K (1538 C, 2800 F)
  • Boiling Point: 3134 K (2862 C, 5182 F)
  • Density: 7.874 g/cm³

Wrought Iron

Iron is an ancient element, however it corrodes faster than gold or silver. The first iron production was started in the Middle Bronze age, but it took a few centuries to displace bronze as the go-to metal of the time. The Hittites were perhaps the first empire to understand the production of iron from its ores and began to smelt it between 1500 and 1200 BC. This practice spread to other parts of the world and the Iron Age began around 1180 BC. Over the centuries, the production of wrought iron has been changed and enhanced and became a more productive method.


Iron Compounds

The dominant use of iron is in metallurgy. However, iron compounds are also a major player in the industry. The Haber-Bosch process uses iron catalysts in the production of ammonia. The Fischer-Tropsch process uses iron catalysts in the conversion of carbon monoide to hydrocarbons, which are used for fuels and lubricants. Iron chloride is used in water purification and sewage treatments, cloth dyeing, a coloring agent for paints, an animal feed additive, among many other applications.


Irving's Recyclables has years of experience in the recycling industry. If you are interested in our wide array of services, please contact us today. Call (631) 842-1222 to speak to us with your concerns. Our scrap metal recycling services are the best on Long Island.