Ranking the Value of Commonly Recycled Metals

The value of recyclable metals at Calgary scrap metal recycling facilities fluctuates over time due to various market forces. Nevertheless, the value of some of the most commonly scrapped metals in relation to one another remains largely the same, making it easy to know where your metal recycling efforts are best spent. From the metal recyclers and metal suppliers at Calgary's Federal Metals Inc., here are some commonly scrapped metals, starting with the most valuable:

The value of recyclable metals at Calgary scrap metal recycling facilities fluctuates over time due to various market forces. Nevertheless, the value of some of the most commonly scrapped metals in relation to one another remains largely the same, making it easy to know where your metal recycling efforts are best spent. From the metal recyclers and metal suppliers at Calgary's Federal Metals Inc., here are some commonly scrapped metals, starting with the most valuable: 


#1 - Copper

The most valuable metal which you could bring to a Calgary metal recycling facility is copper. Copper is used all over the world in a variety of different industries, meaning that there is always demand for it. You can find copper wire in electronics, plumbing, cars, home electrical wiring, and even on pots, pans, and home decor. The most valuable type of copper which can be sold for scrap is Bare Bright Copper.

#2 - Brass

Brass isn't found quite as abundantly as copper, but it is nevertheless a very valuable metal to scrap if you do find it. Made out of a combination of zinc and copper, brass is found in a variety of different places. You may be able to find brass keys, old plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, door handles, valves, and brass ornaments.

#3 - Aluminum

Aluminum is one of the most common metals that you are likely to come across. It is used in cars, machinery, furniture, electronics, wiring, and, of course, in aluminum cans. Not only is aluminum abundant, but, along with brass and copper, it will fetch you a good price as well.

#4 - Lead

Next we have lead, a heavy but soft and pliable metal with many different applications. You can find lead in wheel weights, roof flashing, and piping. Many different types of batteries are also made out of lead, the most common being car batteries.

#5 - Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is also an abundant and valuable material to scrap. It can be found in piping, hardware, kitchenware, machinery, and various fittings. You can tell whether you have stainless steel or regular steel with a magnet. If the magnet doesn't stick, the material is stainless steel.

#6 - Iron/Steel

When it comes to metal recycling in Calgary, non-ferrous metals (metals which don't contain any iron), are typically worth more. However, because large amounts of iron and especially of the iron alloy steel are so easy to come across, collecting it and selling it for scrap can definitely be worth your time.

Good Value for All Your Scrap Metal at Federal Metals Inc.

No matter what scrap metal you are selling, you want to take it to a Calgary metal recycler that you know you can trust. Federal Metals Inc. is a Canadian, family-owned business which has been providing metal recycling since 1950. We offer convenient services and fair scrap metal prices in Calgary.

If you've got any of the metals listed above or any other scrap that you'd like to sell for some cash, don't hesitate to visit Federal Metals Inc. today.

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