It’s common knowledge that items like plastic bottles and newspapers can be recycled. However, there’s less awareness on what types of scrap metal can be recycled. Through metal disposal and recycling services, the amount of ore mining required throughout the world can be significantly reduced. This includes copper, aluminium, iron, brass and steel disposal and recycling.

Many people are unaware that most types of scrap metal can be recycled for compensation at local scrap yards, helping to minimise how much metal is kept out of landfill. This blog post will briefly detail which metals are recyclable before you pay a visit to a scrap yard offering metal and electronic recycling in Melbourne.

The Difference Types of Metals

There are two types of recyclable metals: ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The main difference between the two is that ferrous metals have iron in them, whereas non-ferrous metals do not. If you’re planning to recycle any metal items, you should know what type of metal you have prior to bringing it to a recycling yard. But how can you identify what type of metal you have?

The easiest way to determine this is by using a magnet. If the magnet sticks to the metal, it’s a ferrous metal. If the magnet doesn’t stick, it’s a non-ferrous metal. Once the magnet test has been done, you can ascertain what type of metal you have by its colour and texture.

Ferrous Metals

Ferrous metals are the most common type of scrap metal that recycling yards work with. These metals are highly sought after due to their flexibility, resilience and strength. They’re often used to make vehicles, shipping containers, construction materials, industrial piping, railroad tracks, tools, and many other items. Commons types of ferrous metals accepted by recycling yards include:

  • Stainless steel
  • Carbon steel
  • Stainless steel
  • Alloy steel
  • Cast iron
  • Wrought iron

Non-Ferrous Metals

Non-ferrous metals are very valuable. If you wish to sell brass, aluminium, stainless steel or another non-ferrous metal that you no longer need, this can be a good way to make some extra money. A recycling yard can buy the following metals:

  • Aluminium
  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Bronze
  • Zinc
  • Lead
  • And others

Find Out More Today

At Best Way Scrap Metal, we provide steel disposal services, zinc disposal services, and other metal disposal and recycling services for both domestic and business customers in Melbourne. If you’ve been searching for a recycling yard that offers reliable metal and electronic recycling in Melbourne, contact us today by calling (03) 9728 4074 or request a quote online.

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