Delivering High-Quality Metals Through
Advanced Recovery Technology
Our innovative metals recovery systems, strategically located on the East and West Coasts of the U.S. as well as in the heart of manufacturing activity in the southeastern U.S., diversify our product offerings and enhance our ability to competitively meet the needs of our domestic and international customers. These advanced technology systems at our major recycling operations enable us to extract more nonferrous metals, including copper and aluminum, from our shredding activities, improve the efficiency of our processes to meet global metal content and quality requirements on a cost-effective basis, and create product optionality and additional furnace-ready materials that can be marketed globally. These investments also support our Sustainability objectives of increasing recycling and reducing waste.
Our Products in an Accelerating Marketplace
Schnitzer delivers recycled products like copper and aluminum that are essential to a growing marketplace focused on metal-intensive clean-energy production and low-carbon technologies.
Relative importance of minerals for a particular clean energy technology3:
FY2022 Nonferrous Product Mix
- Stainless Steel—7%
- Other base metal—6%
Nonferrous Sales Volumes4
1 Rare Earth Elements (REEs)
2 Platinum Group Metals (PGMs)
Advanced Metals Recovery Technologies Across Schnitzer Operations
In fiscal 2022, we furthered our technology deployment across Schnitzer’s growing footprint. Our strategically located investments expand the reach of metals recovery systems to serve our regional operations, furthering our goal to generate more furnace-ready, higher-value products and increase product options for our customers.
Primary Nonferrous Recovery
Utilizing a wet system to maximize metal recovery and reduce the quantity of valuable recyclables sent to landfill, this technology recovers ferrous and nonferrous metals, particularly copper-rich materials such as insulated copper wire, as well as stainless steel and aluminum.
Advanced Copper Separation
Our insulated copper wire chopping and shredding processes cut and separate the copper from plastic materials, producing both increased volumes and a wider range of products for our customers.
Advanced Aluminum Separation
Our advanced aluminum separation technology enables us to upgrade our mixed nonferrous products into higher value, furnace-ready products.
Technology, Product Optionality1
2 Zorba is primarily aluminum.
3 Zurik is primarily stainless steel.
4 Twitch is light gauge recycled aluminum.