Brass is an extremely common metal that is found all over your home, office, work site, and more. You can find faucets, EDM wire, hose spigots, metal pens, and many other common items that are made of brass and are perfect for scrap recycling. Brass can often be found on the end of copper wire as well. But by far the most common way to scrap brass is to recycle old plumbing materials. Here’s what you need to know when recycling plumbing brass.
How to Identify Brass
If you aren’t sure if a metal is brass, simply scratch it with a file. Brass will be yellow when scratched. It is usually combined with metals like zinc and copper to create a product, so scratching those away reveals the brass beneath. Heavy copper content will lend brass a reddish color. When looking for brass scrap, don’t forget areas like the valves on grills and ovens, as well as sinks and even some silverware.
Scrapping Plumbing BrassIf you have the ability to separate the brass from the copper, such as with copper tubing that has brass ends, be sure to do so. The copper will fetch a higher price than the brass. As for the brass plumbing scrap itself, the price can change based on region and market, but you can expect to see around $1/25/lb today.
Other Types of Brass
In addition to plumbing brass, brass shells, brass water meters, brass radiators, and other types of items made of brass can be recycled. Getting the best prices is always a matter of careful sorting. In a pile of mixed items, the lowest priced item will dictate the value of the entire pile – meaning if there is a brass water meter worth 70 cents per pound in a pile of $1.25/lb* plumbing brass, the entire pile will be valued at 70 cents per pound. Be sure to sort everything so that you can get the best prices.
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