Ferrous Metals vs. Non-Ferrous Metals – Whats the Difference?

Direct Metals Recycling is a non-ferrous metal and spent catalyst recycler. We buy scrap non-ferrous metal and scrap catalytic converters, and prepare metals for sale on the open market to end users. But, did you know that all metal can be classified into non-ferrous and ferrous groups? Do you know the difference?

Ferrous Metals

Cast Iron

Cast iron is a ferrous metal, which we do not accept for recycling at Direct Metals Recycling.

Ferrous metals are those which contain iron. They can be a mixture of other metals or elements, but all ferrous materials contain some form of iron which give them a magnetic quality and makes them prone to corrosion. Ferrous metals include many types of steel – stainless steel to name one in particular – and cast iron.

Non-Ferrous Metals

Non-ferrous metals are the opposite of ferrous – they do not contain any iron. They will not have a magnetic quality and typically resist corrosion much better than ferrous metals. The category of non-ferrous metals also includes raw materials – pure metals. Aluminum, copper, aluminum alloys, lead, tin, and gilding metal are all considered non-ferrous metals.

Direct Metals Recycling in Atlanta, GA accepts only non-ferrous metals and spent catalytic converters. If you you have non-ferrous scrap metal you want out of your yard or garage, give us a call today and we will be happy to give you some cash for your trash! We pay top dollar for all scrap metal and strive to give you the best experience possible. Every time you interact with Direct Metals Recycling, you know you are dealing with the best in the business!


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