Recycling non-ferrous metals
Scrap aluminum, brass, copper and more
The term non-ferrous simply indicates metals other than iron and alloys not containing
an appreciable amount of iron. These items are non-magnetic. Stainless steel, though it
contains iron is not magnetic in nature because of the process that makes it stainless
and is therefore often classified as both a ferrous and non-ferrous metal
Acceptable non-ferrous items for recycle
•Copper •Zinc •Aluminum
•Brass •Stainless Steel/HiTemp •Lead
Commonly recycled non-ferrous metals
Contact us and our recycling experts will assist you in identifying acceptable non-ferrous materials.
One of the most commonly used non-ferrous metals is aluminum. It’s also the most abundant metal in the earth’s crust, so it’s not surprising that it’s one of the most widely recycled materials today. Generally used in the manufacturing of aircrafts, boats, and automotive parts aluminum is also used in window frames, saucepans, packaging (cans and foils) and insulation, pistons and cranks.
Copper is another very important pure non-ferrous metal. It’s mostly used in the manufacturing of electric wires, cables and conductors, plus pipe, cylinders and printed circuit boards.
Brass contains 65% copper and 35% zinc and is a good electrical conductor and can be used in a wide variety of items such as musical instruments, doorknobs, plumbing fixtures, mailboxes and household ornaments.
Lead is the heaviest common metal. Its uses are different than other non-ferrous metals, perhaps best known for use in protection against radiation (x-rays), it can also be found in, roof coverings and flashings as well as wheel and fishing weights.
Stainless steel, also known as corrosion steel, is an alloy of iron, nickel and chromium. It is commonly used in kitchen cutlery and cookware, medical instruments, kitchen draining boards and pipes.
Zinc is the primary component of the hot-dip galvanized coating. This vital metal is abundant and—more importantly—infinitely recyclable. Great Northwest Recycling accepts zinc skimmings and draws from galvanizing. We also accept zinc ingots no matter the quantity, size or chemistry.
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