We all know scrap steel is used in some of the world’s most popular consumer goods and, like a lot of other products, it is often used for industrial use.
But it is also a common source of waste in the mining industry.
With scrap metal prices soaring and China’s coal industry collapsing, scrap steel companies have been trying to find new ways to keep the product in the market and keep its prices stable.
And some companies are doing just that.
A new startup called Scrap Steel is attempting to do just that with a product called Scramble.
It is a way for scrap steel producers to sell scrap metal directly to consumers, using the same technology that makes scrap metal.
The company is looking to expand to more countries and has already started selling scrap metal to the general public.
“We have been doing this for a while, and we have always been interested in making it as easy as possible for our customers to buy scrap metal,” said Steve Zemmel, Scrap Iron, the company’s founder.
So far, the Scrambles have sold to consumers in Australia, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
Scramble is currently using a partnership with the Australian company Paint & Rust, which offers an automated scraper.
For every scrap steel product, Scrambling will use a process called thermal metal processing to separate the metal from the product.
Painted or finished scrap metal is then sent to a scrap metal processing facility to be melted down and processed into scrap metal, according to Scrap Steel’s website.
“The thermal metal process eliminates the possibility of any contamination of the raw material and allows us to deliver a product in a safe, environmentally friendly manner,” Steve Zemmel told Engadgets.
But the process isn’t perfect, and scrap metal producers have had to deal with a number of problems, according Scamble.
In one case, a scrap steel supplier was told by a scrap production facility that a batch of scrap metal it was using was contaminated with a deadly fungus called fungus scab.
The supplier had previously shipped the product to a Chinese scrap steel manufacturer, but it was not clear whether the fungus was on the scrap steel or the finished product.
“That’s something that was not addressed in the product information that we provided them,” Zepmel said.
Other scrap metal suppliers have had issues with contaminated scrap.
The Chinese government ordered scrap production to stop in December because of the fungus.
Zaphod Tackett, Scarp Iron’s vice president of sales, told Engdnet that the company has been able to address some of those issues with Scrambly.
“We’ve had a number suppliers that have contacted us about the contamination, which was addressed through the product,” he said.
“But we also know that we’ve been in contact with a couple of other manufacturers that have not been as good as us in terms of communication.”
Zempels stated that scrap metal has been shipped to a recycling facility and that the scrap is being processed to meet a new regulatory requirement.
If that is the case, Zemelman said, he expects the company will be able to ship scrap to Australia.
He also said that the Scrap Metal Scrambler would help make sure the scrap metal can be shipped to Australia, with a pilot program for Australian scrap producers.
While it is unclear if Scrambled will ever reach Australia, Zepel said he is hopeful that it will.
“There’s a ton of people that are out there that are working hard on getting this product to market,” He said.
“It’s definitely a very exciting time.”