WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RECYCLING BRASS
Making brass from just new copper and zinc is highly uneconomical and a real waste of raw materials; particularly if there’s enough scrap brass available for recycling. In the UK, brass manufacturers use virtually 100 per cent brass scrap to create their products and components.
Brass is not just a solitary composition. It’s made up of alloys of copper and zinc ranging from five to 40 per cent in quantities. Furthermore, smaller amounts of other alloying elements are included to give improved properties, including:
Aluminium – to improve resistance to corrosion
Manganese, iron, tin and aluminium – to improve overall durability
Lead – to improve machinability
Brass is available in a range of attractive colours and can be easily shaped for a plethora of applications and furnishings. Brasses also have a host of other useful properties, including:
High electrical conductivity – very useful properties given that brass is used for the pins in a 13-amp plug.
High thermal conductivity – extremely useful for instances when heat needs to be removed efficiently (take car radiators for example!)
Impressive strength – this durability makes brass very useful for security products i.e. door locks which must resist bending.
With most brass products, at the end of their useful life they will be available for recycling. Here are some of the possible brass items you might have in your own home capable of being sold on to us for scrap:
Taps Locks Piping Letter boxes Ornaments And many more items
Shall consist of mixed yellow brass solids, including brass castings, rolled brass, rod brass, tubing and miscellaneous yellow brasses, including plated brass.
Must be free of manganese-bronze, aluminum-bronze, unsweated radiators or radiator parts, iron, and excessively dirty and corroded materials. Must also be free of any type of munitions including, but not limited to, bullet casings.
Shall consist o red brass scrap, valves, machinery bearings and other machinery parts, including miscellaneous castings made of copper, tin, zinc, and/or lead. Shall be free of semi-red brass castings (78% to 81% copper); rail road car boxes and other similar high-lead alloys; cocks and faucets; closed water meters; gates; pot pieces; ingots and burned brass; aluminum, silicon, and manganese bronzes; iron and non-metallic.
No piece to measure more than 12″ over any one partor weigh over 100 lbs. Heavier pieces acceptable upon mutual agreement between buyer and seller.
MIXED UNSWEATED AUTO RADIATORS
Shall consist of mixed automobile radiators, to be free of aluminum radiators, and iron-finned radiators.
All radiators to be subject to deduction of actual iron. The tonnage specification should cover the gross weight of the radiators, unless otherwise specified.