What are non-ferrous metals?
Generally, non-ferrous metals are not made of iron, and are not magnetic.
- copper (electric wires, plumbing pipes and fittings, sheathing, rain gutters, etc.)
- brass (plumbing fixtures, radiators, pipes and fittings,
- aluminum (window frames, rims, alloys, air condition coils, cast aluminum, rain gutters, borings, etc.)
- stainless steel (even though it contains iron, the good quality stainless steel is not magnetic)
- High-temp alloys such as nickel, carbide, titanium, etc.
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Aluminum Recycling Facts
- A used aluminum can is recycled and back on the grocery shelf as a new can, in as little as 60 days. That's closed loop recycling at its finest!
- Used aluminum beverage cans are the most recycled item in the U.S., but other types of aluminum, such as siding, gutters, car components, window frames, and lawn furniture can also be recycled.
- Recycling aluminum uses 95% less energy, and produces 95% less air & water pollution, compared to using virgin ore.
- An aluminum can takes 200-500 years to decompose!
- There is no limit to the amount of times an aluminum can, can be recycled.
- Recycling one pound of aluminum saves 8 pounds of bauxite (aluminum ore), 4 pounds of chemicals and 7 kWh of electricity.
- Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours -- or the equivalent of a half a can of gasoline.
- At one time, aluminum was more valuable than gold!
Copper Recycling Facts
- The U.S. produces about 8% of the world's copper supply: Almost one-half of domestic copper is recovered from recycled material with the rest generated from newly mined ore.
- In 2010, U.S. recyclers processed 1.8 million metric tons of copper for domestic use and export.
- The processing of recycled copper requires much less energy than the processing of new copper from virgin ore, providing huge energy savings and reducing carbon emissions