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All About Brass Recycling

At our company, we offer brass recycling services to the public. It is important to know that there are different types of brass. In fact, the word brass is often used to refer to a variety of alloys which have different properties, color, and value. We buy the various types of brass that are commonly found out there. Are you wondering how to recognize recyclable brass? Wonder no more!

The most common type of brass is generally known as yellow brass. Red brass is not as common as yellow brass. However, there are certain commonly used materials that are made of this type of brass. Common items made from red brass include pump equipment, irrigation sprinklers, and water meters.

When recycling brass, it is important to make sure that it is clean. Otherwise, you may not be paid the full value for your metal. For it to be considered clean, you should make sure that there are no non-brass contaminants remaining. Common contaminants include plastics, aluminum, and steel. However, certain coatings, such as silver colored coatings (which are very common on brass materials) will generally not be considered significant enough to prevent your brass from being considered clean. When recycling brass, the purchaser will usually judge whether the brass is clean or dirty, and separate non-yellow brass, since it tends to have different value.

Dirty brass generally has foreign contaminants such as paint, oil, and other metals. Glass and wood can also cause your brass to be considered as dirty. If there is copper attached to your brass materials, this generally does not cause it to be qualified as dirty. This is because copper is used to produce brass. However, too much copper will cause it to be considered as copper material instead of brass. The pricing for these types of materials generally depends on the condition of the material and whether it is dirty or clean.

Ammunition are a common source of brass, generally referred to as rifle brass. This includes spent shells (however, make sure that you separate your brass shells from any aluminum or iron shells.) It is extremely important to avoid recycling live ammunition. This can pose an important hazard. Note that silver colored brass shells are generally covered with a very thin nickel layer, and can usually be mixed with normal brass shells. Rifle brass will frequently pay less than other types of brass because of the need to ensure that there are no live rounds before the recycling process can begin.

Some brass materials that are commonly recycled include brass slag and turnings, which may vary in brass type and amount of contaminants. Water meters and sprinklers are often difficult to break down and separate, but may be priced differently due to their low levels of contamination with other materials. There are certain brass items, such as brass radiators, that are generally not recoverable through the brass recycling process.

However, they may hold more value as car or truck parts; it never hurts to ask! Click here for more info.