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No. 1 RR hvy. melting scrap metal prices

June 24, 2019
No. 1 railroad heavy melting is a cut grade of scrap comprised of obsolete scrap and should be clean wrought iron or steel scrap, 1/4 inch and over in thickness, not over 18 inches in width, and not over 5 feet in length. This grade of scrap may include pipe ends and material 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch in thickness, not over 15 inches x 15 inches. Individual pieces cut so as to lie reasonably flat in charging box. This definition is specified by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries and listed in their annual scrap specifications circular.
Scrap Price Bulletin publishes a no. 1 railroad heavy melting price in five markets across North America including Birmingham, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, and St. Louis.
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No. 1 RR hvy. melting
Prices as of April 16, 2018
Delivered to Consumer Low High
Pittsburgh - No. 1 RR hvy. melting 414.00 415.00
Brokers' buying prices per gross ton on cars
St. Louis - No. 1 RR hvy. melting 369.00 370.00
Cleveland - No. 1 RR hvy. melting 369.00 370.00
Birmingham - No. 1 RR hvy. melting 328.00 330.00
South Carolina - No. 1 RR hvy. melting 373.00 375.00