Scrap Metal Grades - Iron

Light Iron:

Light iron is the lowest grade we buy in ferrous metals, It mainly has a thin profile and can contain non-metal waste attached such as plastic or glass.  Light iron can be put into a crusher and made into bails.  Such items include: push bikes, lawn mowers, washing machines, microwaves etc… Sheering Sheering has a thicker profile and cannot be bailed, instead it is cut (sheered) into smaller sections.  Includes items such as RSJ’S, box sections, angle iron, metal railings.

Cast Iron \ Cylinder Cast

Cast iron cannot bend or be sheered.  It’s a heavy but brittle metal that can be broken into bits with force.  Cast iron comes in many forms such as old bath’s, and fire places.
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Scrap Metal Grades - Iron

Light Iron:

Light iron is the lowest grade we buy in ferrous metals, It mainly has a thin profile and can contain non-metal waste attached such as plastic or glass.  Light iron can be put into a crusher and made into bails.  Such items include: push bikes, lawn mowers, washing machines, microwaves etc… Sheering Sheering has a thicker profile and cannot be bailed, instead it is cut (sheered) into smaller sections.  Includes items such as RSJ’S, box sections, angle iron, metal railings.

Cast Iron \ Cylinder Cast

Cast iron cannot bend or be sheered.  It’s a heavy but brittle metal that can be broken into bits with force.  Cast iron comes in many forms such as old bath’s, and fire places.
Aluminium
Aluminium - Old Rolled This grade of ally comes in many forms such as checker plate sheets, ladders, steps, pots & pans.  Its silver in colour and like most non-ferrous, it’s not magnetic.
Electric Motors
Aluminium - HE 9  (Extrusion) Best price is clean, but we also buy painted or mixed.  Extrusion is a process where material is pushed through a die.  It can be identified by machine made groves or lines.
Ali Rims We buy these without tyres or we take them free of charge with the tyre.  No need to remove the metal weights or valves.
Cast Ali Comes in many forms from garden table tops to engine cylinder heads.  It is non-magnetic and will crack (not bend) when hit with force.  It has a higher value than old rolled.
Pure Ali Quadrant High value grade, most types used in cable.  We buy un-stripped or stripped cable.
Mixed Metals (Irony Ali) Irony mixed with non-ferrous.  Must contain 80% aluminium or other non-ferrous to 20% iron.  Such items for an example would be an aluminium cylinder head with steel lugs or valves attached.
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel Stainless - shiny silver in colour, heavy and stronger than aluminium.  Most catering equipment such as work tops and kitchen sinks will be made from stainless steel.
Lead Roofing & Joints. Lead has excellent sealing properties which is why its most commonly used on roof tops to stop leaks.  Lead was once used for water pipes right up to the 1960’s.
Lead
Lead Acid Batteries Lead Batteries come in many sizes.  They will always have “Lead Acid” printed on the side.
Dry Bright High value grade once the rubber cable has been removed. We also buy un-stripped copper cable.
Copper & Cable
Copper Tube - Heavy Copper Best price is “clean” which just means no other metals or plastic’s attached.  Painted copper is fine.  New tube (off cuts) is best kept separate for a better price. We also buy copper cylinder tanks with or without foam surround.
Copper Braziery Copper with small amounts of brass attached.  90% copper to 10% brass.
Brass
Household Cable Most common type of cable found within your home such as twin and earth, cable from domestic appliances.  Best price is with the plugs removed but keep them as we recycle plugs as well.
Brass We buy many different grades of brass.  Most common type is tap brass. 
Brass Shells We are one of the few licenced yards that can buy brass spent ammunition shells. A certificate is required from the seller, please email for more information.
Catalytic Converters - CAT’s
Low Grade Motors Must be just the motor on its own.  Low grade motors do not include fridge motors.  Fridge motors currently have little value and will be graded as Light Iron.
Catalytic Converters Catalytic converters contain valuable metals.  They also contain hazardous materials.  We will be happy to tell you what your cat is worth, we just need a photo and number from the cat.
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