Every mother knows Zinc Oxide. It’s a baby diaper rash thing. And a summer thing. You know zinc oxide. It's that slimy white stuff that lifeguards and swim teamers have been smearing on their noses as far back as the ‘60s when “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” hit the radio airwaves.
We don’t recycle noses at Atlas Metal and Iron.
Zinc is a metallic chemical element crucial to industrial processes. Zinc is used heavily in building structures like metal roofs, plumbing, structural support, and other such components. About 6 million tons of zinc are used annually in galvanization. Other uses are:
Approximately 70% of the zinc used worldwide is mined and 30% is recycled. More than 80% of the zinc available for recycling is recycled.
Zinc-coated steel is highly durable. The life span of products that contain zinc range from 10-15 years for cars and household appliances. Standard galvanized steel in construction is expected to last 97 years until first maintenance is required.
The Separation Process
One of the most widely applied zinc recycling procedures is Electric Arc Furnace heating.
Zinc extraction can be a considerable burden on the environment. When high levels of zinc are present in soils, such as at a hazardous waste site, the metal can seep into the groundwater.
Galvanization prevents the steel or iron that it coats from rusting. Zinc naturally forms a passivation layer when exposed to air. A finished galvanized product is more durable and more reliable than unfinished metal products. Galvanized steel does not require additional preparation of the surface saving the company expenditures.
GROWING ZINC MARKET
The use of zinc is ramping up big time, used for:
Let your nose scope out zinc scrap and turn it into cash at Atlas Iron and Metal.