What are Non-Ferrous Metals?
Non-ferrous metals are metals that do not contain any iron, unlike their ferrous counterparts. Primarily used in the steel and iron industries, non-ferrous metals are often corrosion-resistant and are much lighter weight than ferrous metals, and play a prominent role in applications that require malleability, strength, high conductivity, and resistance to corrosion. Non-ferrous metals are also non-magnetic. Because of this, they are used in making small electronics.
Non-ferrous metals are commonly found in every device. Some types include aluminum, copper, brass, and stainless steel. While aluminum is one of the most recycled materials in the world, other non-ferrous materials are more scarce and rely on scrap metal recycling so that new ones can be made. This is why Richmond Steel Recycling buys and recycles non-ferrous scrap metals in addition to ferrous scrap metals.