Ferrous vs. Non Ferrous Metals


Determining if you have a ferrous metals or non ferrous metal and separating it is an important step before bringing your scrap metal to be recycled. The easiest way to figure out what kind of metal you have is by using a magnet. Any magnet will work, including children’s magnets or refrigerator type magnets.

If you use a magnet and it sticks to the side, then you have a ferrous metal, something more common like steel or iron. Ferrous metal is not worth very much when you bring it to the scrap yard, but the scrap yard will still accept it and make sure it is recycled properly.

If you use the magnet and it does not stick to the side, the metal you have is a non-ferrous metal. Metals like copper, aluminum, brass, stainless steel and bronze are non-ferrous metals. These metals are very valuable to recycle and are worth more money at the scrap yard and can be found just about in all places-junk yards, trash bins and even around the house.

Once your metals are separated, call Desert Metals recycling to see what metals they accept and find out about their procedures on delivery, acceptance and price for your scrap metal.

The key to making the most out of your scrap metal,is making sure you have your metals separated the best of your ability. Most scrap yards will unload your vehicle after weigh in, and some will ask that you remove your items to be weighed. That’s one of the main reasons you should call before deciding which scrap yard to work with. Convenience is one of the main points of interest for the average scrap seller.