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.