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Basics of Scrap Metal Recycling

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Scrap Metal have a market value, with their ability to be re-used again and again.

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Scrap Metals originates from commercial and residential use. Whether it’s a residential Scrap Metal or industrial scrap, the processing of this into vital secondary raw material for the smelting of brand new metals is vital for environment.

These Scrap Metal have a market value, with their ability to be re-used again and again. For instance, electricians might have wires and electrical equipment, plumbers are likely to have used copper piping and brass fixtures and even construction firms will have beam upon beam of steel that could be quite literally given a new lease of life. But all too regularly these are tossed into the dump due to lack of knowledge and sources for Metal Scrap recycling.

Determining Non-ferrous and Ferrous Metals

Before recycling any metals, the first important step is to determine whether a metal is ferrous or non-ferrous. This is a very straightforward process and requires only a common magnet. If the magnet sticks to your metal, it is a ferrous metal. If the metal does not stick to your magnet it is a non-ferrous metal.

The most valuable Scrap Metals for recycling are non-ferrous; the most common of which are those that do not contain iron and are more resistant to corrosion, including copper, brass, aluminium, zinc, magnesium, tin, lead and nickel.

Ferrous metals are less valuable to metal recyclers but they will still recoup some value if you have enough of it. This includes metals such as steel and iron. Steel can be found in so many places; from cars to chairs, cabinets, shelving and more.

The Most Valuable Non-ferrous Metals for Recycling


Easily found on door handles, light fittings, keys and plumbing fixtures, brass is one of the most common yet in-demand non-ferrous metals. Often yellow in colour with a hint of red, brass is a combination of zinc and copper that can be extremely dense, increasing its value in pure weight alone.


Yet another metal that’s often found in so many around a regular home, aluminium can be recycled and re-used in an alternative guise within a matter of a month. Empty drinks and food cans are the most common places to find this metal, but areas such as guttering, siding, internal & external door and window frames are also good places to look. Aluminium is such an attractive metal for recyclers as the process saves 80 per cent of the energy that was used to make it in the first place.


Another common metal regularly found in the structure of homes across the country, copper is also very valuable to recycle and very much in-demand at scrap yards. If the copper itself is in good condition it will be reddish in colour, but more worn copper fixtures and fittings will appear dark brown and sometimes green in places. It’s a versatile metal which means it is regularly used as plumbing pipes, as a roofing material for guttering, with common electric wires and even inside air conditioning units.

From soda cans to semi-trucks, each year more than 150 million tons of scrap metal is recycled in the United States alone.

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Tags : Scrap Metal, Scrap Metal Recycling, Copper, Brass, Aluminum

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I'M a Research Analyst and Content Creator at RIM. Currently I'm researching on Copper Prices around the Globe and the impacts on Copper Scrap Prices with regard to COMEX, LME, SHFE and MCX. .... more info


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