What Are The Differences Between Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Scrap Metal

Well we could give you the short answer but that would be too easy, there are alot of complexities in the scrap metal industry in which we distinguish the differences between metals. 

Ferrous metals are made up of stainless, mild and cardon steel, cast and wrought iron.  The strong durable metals that are used for construction, manufacturing cars, most tools you use.  These metals are made up of alot of carbon which are suseptable to rust.  Basically, if you see rust it is most likely a ferrous metal.  Otherwise ferrous metals have a magnetic composition, you can test your metals to see if they are magnetic and well if you magnetic sticks you have a ferrous metal.  These types of metals are the most recycled metails in the world, which means there is a high supply and high demand so scrap metal prices will usually be lower than non-ferrous metals.

Aluminium, brass, copper and lead make up the non-ferrous category.  Non-ferrous metals are harder to come by which makes their scrap prices higher than ferrous metals.  These metals are light weight however still strong so they are used where strength is required but weight may pose a problem.  Non-ferrous metals are using resistant to rust which makes them more plausable to use in wet conditions like your roof and gutter.

So basically your short answer is ferrous metals contain iron and non-ferrous metals don't!

Despite the differences between ferrous and non-ferrous metals they still have one very importance factor in common........They both need to be recycling. Contact Busby's Recycling to see how we can  help you with recycling plan.

 

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