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Ferrous Commodity

Iron and Steel Scrap

Ferrous Shredder

Iron and steel scrap, or ferrous scrap, comes many consumer products like automobiles and household appliances to industrial structures and equipment such as buildings, railroads, trains, bridges, ships, and farming equipment.

Ferrous scrap is the most recycled material in the world. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that 65 million metric tons (143 BILLION pounds!) of iron and steel scrap was processed around the world in 2016.

More on Ferrous Scrap


The Shredder Story: A Revolution in Recycling

Learn all about shredders from start to finish, including how they operate, their role in the industry, and what material they produce.



Recycling Commodity Series: Ferrous Metal 

Ferrous metal is the most recycled material in the world, but what is ferrous metal? Any magnetic metal that contains iron such as steel.  


Facts & Figures: Ferrous

Ferrous News


ISRI Successfully Gains EPA Clarification on Recycling of Automobiles with Airbags



Join the Ferrous Division

ISRI members who work with ferrous metals are encouraged to join the Ferrous Division.

Have Questions?

Joe Pickard
Chief Economist
Director, Commodities

(202) 662-8542