Scrap Metal Recycling FAQs

If you are new to recycling scrap metal, you may have a lot of questions. Continue reading to see the answers to common inquiries.

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Metal Basics

  • What is the difference between ferrous and non-ferrous metal?

    Non-ferrous metals do not ceontain iron, whereas ferrous metals do. Each type of ferrous and nonferrous metal has distinct properties and applications.

    Steel, stainless steel, carbon steel, and cast iron are examples of ferrous metals. They are recognized for their strength. Metals from cars, appliances, bicycles, cast iron, chain link, metal roofing, propane tanks, rebar, sheet metal, steel, and tin are examples of ferrous metals. Ferrous metals are utilized in the construction of railroads, bridges, and buildings.

    Non-ferrous metals do not contain iron and are more corrosion-resistant than ferrous metals. Aluminum, aluminum alloys, and copper are examples of nonferrous metals.  These are utilized in industrial applications such as gutters, roofs, pipelines, and electricity.

    Brass, gold, nickel, silver, tin, lead, and zinc are also nonferrous metals. Non-ferrous metals are also non-magnetic, malleable, and low in weight. As a result, they are perfect for airplanes and other applications.

    Aluminum, including cans, siding, or sheets, coils, copper, electric motors, components or wiring, lawn furniture, lead-acid batteries, piping, radiators, stainless steel, or zinc are examples of nonferrous metals.

  • What do I do if I have both ferrous and non-ferrous metals to recycle?

    Before you arrive to our facility, sort your scrap into the different types of metal that you have. When you arrive to recycle your metal, tell us that you have both ferrous and non-ferrous metals so that we can direct you where to go to properly sort and get credit.

  • What’s the difference between #1 and #2 copper?

    In order to be considered #1 copper it must be free of impurities, such as solder or paint. To get the best price, we recommend cutting off the soldered ends and separating it.

Metal Pricing

  • What is the difference between net ton and gross ton?

    Scrap metal is purchased in two ways, by NET TON or by GROSS TON.

    A Net Ton is 2000 pounds of metal, whereas a Gross Ton is 2240 pounds. This is an important distinction that impacts the total purchase price.


    • Scrap Processor A quotes $500 per NET ton
    • Scrap Processor B quotes $525 per GROSS ton

    Scrap Processor B appears to be the better deal, right? But, let’s do the math…

    If you bring 2000 pounds of scrap to Scrap Processor B (GROSS TON) you’d walk away with $468.75.

    If you bring 2000 pounds of scrap to Scrap Processor A (NET TON) you would walk away with $500.

  • Does the price vary for every kind of metal?

    Yes. Each type of metal has different pricing.

  • Do you have certified scales?

    Yes, our scales are certified by New York State and regularly maintenanced for accuracy.

Acceptable Items

  • Do you accept old power tool batteries?

    Yes, we accept various types of rechargeable power tool batteries, like lithium-ion. Don’t toss them in the garbage. Sell them to us and we’ll properly recycle them, and you’ll earn some money.