Non-ferrous metals are iron-free, not magnetic, have a higher conductivity and are usually more resistant to corrosion than ferrous metals.
Non-ferrous metals include aluminum, brass, copper, nickel, tin, lead, and zinc, as well as precious metals like gold and silver. Non-ferrous metals are much more malleable than ferrous metals. Non-ferrous metals are also much lighter, making them well-suited for use where strength is needed, but weight is a factor, such as in the aircraft industry. Because they contain no iron, non-ferrous metals have a higher resistance to rust and corrosion, which is why these materials are commonly used in gutters, water pipes, roofing and road signs. Also, they are non-magnetic, which makes them ideal for small electronics and electrical wiring.
Why Recycle Non-Ferrous Metals?
Aluminum is a very popular material to recycle. However, there are many other non-ferrous materials like copper, brass and lead that are relatively scarce, and rely heavily on recycling to make new products. There are also many household items that contain non-ferrous metals and should be recycled. In addition, as technology continues to evolve, the amount of e-waste is enormous and recycling these items will reduce the potential negative environmental impact significantly. In fact, the United States EPA estimated that in 2009, over 82% of end-of-life electronics went to landfills and incinerators. Many organizations will let you recycle your electronics for free — we will pay you to recycle these items with United Metals!
Examples of Non-Ferrous Metals
Non-Ferrous Scrap Metal Pricing
Scrap metal prices fluctuate on a daily basis based on the commodities market. In addition, the quality and grading of the metal will also help determine the price. United Metals staff is well trained to assist customers with sorting/grading metal, ensuring the customer gets top dollar for their scrap. We operate 2 certified scales (one scale for vehicles hauling larger loads, as well as a scale to handle smaller quantities) to guarantee accuracy and make sure our customer receives the most money for their scrap metal.