Advantages of recycling molybdenum

As the North West’s leading scrap metal merchants, here at X-Met Metals, we travel across the North West, from Liverpool to Blackburn, including Ormskirk, St Helens and Skelmersdale, as well as further afield, to collect and pay for your scrap metal on site. And we also offer the best prices too. From titanium and tungsten carbide to aluminium, copper and lead, we weigh and pay for all kinds of scrap metal on site. This includes molybdenum. But what is this type of metal used for? And what are the advantages of recycling molybdenum? Well, this is our guide to everything you should know about recycling molybdenum.

What is molybdenum?

So, what exactly is molybdenum? And what is this type of metal used for? Well, molybdenum is a type of metal, found naturally as a silver grey metal, with one of the highest melting points of any naturally occurring element. 80% of the molybdenum in production and use is for steel alloys, including superalloys and high strength alloys. This is because the molybdenum naturally forms hard and stable carbides in alloys. The remaining percent of the molybdenum is used in the chemical industry.

Not only does molybdenum help to create incredibly strong and durable alloys, it can also withstand extreme temperatures without significantly changing, softening or expanding. This makes it incredibly useful in environments of intense heat including military armor, aircraft parts, electrical contacts, industrial motors, and even supporting light bulb filaments.

What are the advantages of recycling molybdenum?

With most of the molybdenum used in steel alloys, it’s likely that you wont be recycling pure molybdenum. But this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t recycle your steel. In fact, through the recycling process, the molybdenum can be extracted and then reused.

Molybdenum can be found in:

  • new scrap steel
  • end of use or old scrap steel
  • revert steel
  • blended steel

And the advantages of recycling these to extract and reuse the molybdenum include:

  • Great prices- we pay high prices for all of the scrap metals we accept here at X-Met Metals. So buy selling your scrap metal, you’re sure to make more than you would by leaving it rust, or throwing it in the landfill.
  • Protect the environment- recycling scrap metals like steel to produce new metals, like molybdenum, requires less energy than the production of molybdenum, and it causes fewer emissions. So if you want to do your bit for the environment, you can help reduce reliance on mining for natural resources, like molybdenum, by recycling your scrap metal.

For a professional collection service, wherever you are across the North West, you can count on us, here at X-Met Metals. We can help you sort and grade your metals to get the best possible price. So why not get in touch for collection today, or visit our scrap yard in Skelmersdale?