Scrap Metal Buyer's Guide

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Selling scrap metal can earn you some extra cash. When you sell scrap metal it helps to produce other materials, such as tin and lead. During remelting and blending process the scrap metal turns into primary metals, which include aluminium and iron. Brass and bronze are categorised as copper alloy. When sold buyers sell according to current non-ferrous and ferrous prices.

Industrial Metal

Buying scarp metal helps to produce steel, lead and zinc. Other materials, such as tin and magnesium, are also created from scrap metal. Scrap metal is alloy or a primary metal that has been previously used, according to

Primary Metals/Alloy

Primary metals are classified as iron, copper, aluminium, and lead, according to There are different types of alloys, including metal and copper alloys. Copper alloys consist of brass and bronze, according to

Blending And Re-melting

When the scarp is remelted or blended, it is transposed into other material, such as those stated in the section about industrial metal. Once the blending and remelting process occurs, the scrap metal is classified as a primary metal, according to, and then you can raise the price of its cost.


Some scrap metals have impurities attached to them, such as wood and fabric. These materials can be easily removed by burning them off.

Ferrous Vs. Non-ferrous

Ferrous consists of all materials that are iron, and non-ferrous identifies all metal materials, according to Merriam-Webster.

Ferrous/Non-ferrous Prices

The price of ferrous scrap depends on if it is sold to a mill or broker and the city it is purchased in, according to Other factors include thickness and size. According to, ferrous scrap prices range from £4.70 to £5. The prices for non-ferrous is based on if the aluminium is sheet or cast, according to Non-ferrous prices range from 5 cents to 35 cents per pound, according to

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