10 Non-Ferrous Materials You Can Recycle

Non-ferrous materials are essentially metal materials that do not contain any amount of iron. This usually includes metals like cooper, nickel, tin, aluminum, gold, silver, zinc, brass, and lead. Because these metals are so widely used in many different industries, many of them are eventually recycled. Here is a look at some common items that you might want to consider recycling:

1. Aluminum SidingAluminum Siding

Almost all aluminum siding that is clean and does not have plastic coating can be recycled.

2. Copper Wire

Insulated copper wire can usually be recycled, however, removing the insulation can be extremely hazardous to your health and the health of those around you. It is also illegal in most places.

3. Other Copper Products

If you have any other copper products lying around, there is a possibility they can be recycled. These include tanks, kettles, gutters, and decorative pieces.

4. Aluminum Cans

Aluminum cans – the ones from which you drink your favorite soft drink – are one of the most popular items to be recycled. Just make sure they are empty and dry.

5. Electric Motors

You can recycle almost any type of electric motor, as well as alternators and generators.

6. Car Radiators

Most older car radiators are recyclable, though they are more likely to be accepted if they do not contain steel or plastic.

7. Brass

From plumbing fixtures, such as faucets and fittings, to decorative items, such as candle holders or picture frames, you probably have some type of brass in your home or business.  Almost all of it can be recycled.

8. Cast Iron Pipes

Most lead can also be recycled. This is most commonly found in lead pipes or cast iron pipes.

9. Stainless Steel Appliances

If you have stainless steel appliances, you can usually recycle them. If you aren’t sure try sticking a magnet to them. Most non-ferrous items will not have any type of magnetic attraction.

10. Aluminum Boats

Like other aluminum items, old aluminum boats are almost always recyclable.

To learn more about which non-ferrous items can be recycled, contact Madison Steel at 404-343-4855.