Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc with a multitude of uses, from plumbing fittings to musical instruments to bullet casings to artworks to padlocks. The properties that make brass so popular for manufacturing are its resistance to corrosion and low friction. It can also be recycled over and over again.
An estimated 90% of the brass produced today is recycled, but because it is so versatile, the demand remains high. You may be surprised at how much your unwanted brass is worth, so contact your local scrap metal/metal recycling centre for the current price. Note that type and quality are also a factor.
As a bonus, the actual recycling process for brass requires less energy and causes less pollution (in the form of carbon dioxide) than the similar processes for steel or aluminium. So brass recycling is one of those happy cases where you can help yourself and at the same time help the environment.
Earlier, we mentioned types of brass being a factor in its value as scrap metal. These variations are identifiable by their different colours (red, yellow, silver, etc.), which are the result of different proportions of copper and zinc. If you have a lot of brass to sell, it is a good idea to separate it into types.
Some people also advise cleaning your brass scrap to remove any attached material such as rubber or any coating such as paint. This will do two things: 1. Make clearer the category of brass in which to place the item, and 2. Ensure your brass is classed as the highest quality it can be by the recycling centre.
Brass is denser than steel or aluminium and a pile of it can weigh quite a lot. If the thing that’s been stopping you from recycling your old brass is transporting it elsewhere, don’t worry – given a bit of notice, a good scrap metal/metal recycling centre will be able to collect it for you by truck.
Probably the only risk associated with brass (or any other metal) recycling, besides putting your back out or disturbing a snake, is that it may have been exposed to poisonous or corrosive chemicals. But if you know the items’ histories, this won’t be a concern. Plus, you should be wearing protective gloves anyway.
Brass is used in so many areas, it’d be a shame not to recycle any that’s just sitting in a pile of junk somewhere. Think of all the auto parts yet to be made! All the musical instruments! All the jeans zippers! All the clock and watch components! All the hose connectors and electrical plugs! This list goes on and on…
Ready to recycle some unwanted brass to put money into your pocket and reduce the drain on our resources and energy of producing brand-new alloys? Contact the expert team at Denron Metals to find out how much your scrap is worth and, if necessary, organise a suitable time for collection.