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Jan 28 2020

Ferrous vs. Nonferrous Materials: What’s the Difference? 

Each type of metal has distinct properties that make it unique and offer different benefits and drawbacks. For example, some metals are more flexible, which others are more durable – both may be appropriate and desirable characteristics for different job types. 

Many of our customers ask about the differences between ferrous and nonferrous materials, as well as whether or not we can process both material types. Here’s an overview of what you need to know–

What’s the Difference Between Ferrous vs. Nonferrous Materials?

The simplest way to think about ferrous vs. nonferrous materials is that ferrous materials contain iron while nonferrous materials do not. Common ferrous metals include steel, cast iron, wrought iron, and carbon steel – materials that are typically regarded for their durability. Nonferrous materials that are common, on the other hand, include brass, copper, lead, aluminum, and tin. These materials are lightweight and malleable, making them ideal for certain applications. 

What Materials Does Belson Steel Center Scrap Inc. Recycle?

At Belson Steel Center Scrap Inc., you can turn to us for recycling of all of your ferrous and nonferrous materials – we’ll happily take both! What’s more, not only do we take scrap metal, but a wide variety of metal-containing materials and appliances, including automobiles, equipment, radiators, whole computers, electric motors, and more. We will buy these items from you!

Note that in addition to buying materials, we also sell reusable ferrous and nonferrous materials, including steel products. 

Do I Need to Separate My Ferrous and Nonferrous Materials?

Recycling your scrap metal is one of the most responsible things that you can do – recycling helps to create jobs, stimulate the economy, keep items out of the landfill, and conserve resources. As you think about how and where to recycle your metal-containing items, you may be wondering whether or not you need to separate ferrous from nonferrous materials. When you choose Belson Steel Center Scrap Inc., though, we will handle 100 percent of the separation (as well as weighing) of all materials for you. In fact, we can even provide on-site container services for your business that you can fill at leisure. We’ll then transport containers to our center for metal separation and processing. We pay top dollar for scrap metal! 

Call Us Today for Comprehensive Scrap Recycling Services

For trusted, comprehensive scrap recycling services of both ferrous and nonferrous materials at a location near you, reach out to our Illinois-based scrap recycling company today. You can reach us by phone or online to learn more about our services and how we can help. 


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