Ferrous of Non-ferrous? Classify Your Metals and Make Money Today

Don’t leave scrap steel, aluminium, brass, copper, and other materials lying around. Turn those materials into extra income by recycling with Federal Metals. Before you turn over your scrap metal, you can figure out how much of a payoff to expect by determining whether your metal is ferrous or non-ferrous.


Ferrous Metals

Ferrous and non-ferrous metals differ in several ways, but the key difference is that ferrous metals contain iron. Ferrous metals—including various types of steel, cast iron, and wrought iron—are commonly used in buildings and other construction projects because of their strength and durability.


If you still aren’t sure whether you have steel, iron, or some other material entirely, find a magnet and see if it sticks to the surface. Ferrous metals are magnetic; non-ferrous metals are not.


Ferrous metals make up these common items:


  • Construction materials
  • Automobiles
  • Rails
  • Steel containers
  • Appliances
  • Household tools, such as knives


Non-Ferrous Metals

If your material is not magnetic and does not contain iron, you have a non-ferrous metal. Substances of this type are lighter, more malleable, and resistant to rust and corrosion. Non-ferrous metals include aluminium, brass, copper, nickel alloys, tin, lead, zinc, precious metals (such as gold and silver), and rare metals (such as tungsten carbide). These metals, particularly copper, are more valuable to recycle.


Because of its properties, non-ferrous metals are used to create these types of products:


  • Electrical wiring
  • Pipes
  • Material from gutters
  • Siding
  • Window and door frames
  • Plumbing fixtures


At Federal Metals, we purchase ferrous metals and non-ferrous metals of all types, so bring all of your recyclable materials to us. Earn more with our competitive prices, and know that you’re contributing to a cleaner environment.

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