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.

Versatile Uses of Wire Mesh

Wire MeshWire mesh is becoming more and more popular, in part, because it is fairly inexpensive compared to other similar products, as well as easy to work with. However, its versatility is also helping to increase its popularity. Wire mesh can be used for numerous commercial, residential, and construction projects. Here is a look at some of them.

Reinforce Concrete

One of the most popular uses for wire mesh is reinforcing concrete. It helps to make the concrete stronger and prevents cracks or failure of the structure. It is often used in concrete foundations, as well as in other structures like walls.


Railroad companies often use wire mesh to make roadbeds. Essentially, this means it is used as foundation for laying the tracks.

Walkway Beds

Wire mesh can even be used in landscaping. It is often used as the foundation for a walkway.

Conveyor Belts

The conveyor belt may have changed the way American factories and plants did business, but wire mesh has helped to make the conveyor belt as effective as it is. The mesh helps strengthen the belt again wear and tear, as well as provides it with proper airflow.

Kitchen Appliances

Even some of your kitchen appliances may be made up of wire mesh. This is especially true if you use any type of strainers or filters.

Home Décor

Some people simply enjoy the aesthetics of wire mesh and use it in home décor and craft projects for the home. Some people even manufacture furniture out of it, particularly outdoor furniture. The furniture is durable and can withstand a number of elements.

Whether you work in the construction industry or you make furniture, you might want to consider using wire mesh as an inexpensive, versatile alternative to other products. To learn more about wire mesh and how to purchase it, contact Madison Steel at 404-343-4855.