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Your Guide to Brass Recycling

At Normetals, we have a well-earned reputation in and around Adelaide as an excellent place to go for metal recycling. Along with the different types of steel, one of the other metals we deal in is brass. This blog entry will look at how and why brass fits into the overall recycling process, and we hope it will inspire you to “do the right thing” with any items of scrap brass that you may have lying around your home or workplace.

Background Information on Brass and Its Uses

An alloy of copper and zinc, brass is popular in manufacturing because of its resistance to corrosion and low friction. There are different sorts of brass, stemming from the proportions of copper and zinc present. These variations are known as red brass, yellow brass, silver brass and so on.

The numerous uses of brass include artworks, automotive parts, bullet casings, clock and watch components, electrical plugs, hose connectors, jeans zippers, musical instruments, padlocks, plumbing fittings and many other everyday items.

Good Reasons Why Brass Should Be Recycled

  • In effect, we just gave you the first one: because this metal is so very useful in our modern society. Demand for brass remains high.
  • Another argument in favour of brass recycling is that it is suited to the job. By which we mean that brass can be recycled endlessly.
  • Also, brass recycling consumes less energy and produces less pollution than the recycling of rival metals. So, it’s a positive choice in terms of the environment.
  • Because any kind of recycling is worthwhile.
  • Last but definitely not least, scrap brass can mean bonus cash in YOUR pocket. Talk to reputable brass recyclers such as Normetals about the current going rate, and remember that the type of brass (e.g. red or yellow) and quality will be a factor.

Tips for Recycling Brass and Other Metals

  • Don’t leave scrap brass lying around causing an obstruction/eyesore when it could be earning you money.
  • Separating the brass into its different sorts and even cleaning off any attached material can help speed up the assessment aspect of brass recycling and ensure you get the maximum return.
  • If you’re not familiar with the history of a brass item, be aware that it may have been exposed to poisonous chemicals in the past. Always use protective gloves when handling your scrap and this shouldn’t be a problem.
  • Brass is dense and objects made from it can be quite heavy. Be careful when moving scrap bass and take advantage of the assistance offered by brass recyclers like Normetals (see below).

Got Some Scrap Metal You’d Like to Recycle?

We can help! Email Normetals at , call toll-free on 1800 88 22 66 or use the online form here. Our five-acre site is equipped with a weigh bridge, trucks, forklifts and a 10-tonne crane. We can also assist with collection via a range of skip bins of various shapes and sizes. We aim to make things as easy for our customers as possible!

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