Zero Waste Recycling purchases all non-ferrous commodities including; aluminum, copper, brass, lead, zinc, nickel, titanium, cobalt, and precious metals.

Non-Ferrous refers to any metal or alloy that does not contain iron, therefore will not stick to a magnet.

In general, non-ferrous materials are more expensive and bring a higher scrap value.  Specific grade information is offered below. Please call today and utilize our metal expertise for your non-ferrous recycling needs.

non-ferrousCopper is typically the most popular recyclable due to its high value, but is actually only the third top recycled commodity behind Iron and Aluminum.

When bought for recycling it is classified by the percentage of copper in the total weight of the product.

The higher copper content, the higher the price per pound.

Bare Bright
#1 Copper
#2 Copper
Electric Motors
Insulated Wiring 
Copper/Brass Radiators
Copper/Aluminum Radiators
Copper Transformers
Non-PCB Ballasts
Turnings and Shavings
Compressors/Sealed Units

Did you know…

The durability of just 4 six-packs of aluminum cans is able to support the weight of a 2- ton vehicle?

Aluminum is most commonly associated with materials of great strength.

Theoretically it is 100% recyclable and becomes more durable over time.

Aluminum Cans
Aluminum Rims
Aluminum Sheeting
Litho Sheet 
Aluminum Radiators
Aluminum Turnings and Shavings
Cast and Diecast Aluminum
Insulated Aluminum Wire
Aluminum Transformers



Brass can vary in its zinc to copper composition, which creates a spectrum of different brasses.

Locks, gears, doorknobs, musical instruments, ammunition casings, valves are all typical forms of brass.

Please note live rounds are not be accepted and will be rejected.

Red Brass

Yellow Brass 


Turnings and Shavings



Nickel can bring one of the highest scrap values when in pure form.  Though all forms of nickel are accepted, it is most common to the scrap industry as an alloyed Stainless Steel.

Stainless is comprised of both nickel and iron, making it a non-ferrous, yet ferrous material. Because of its corrosion resistance, typical stainless recyclables include; medical equipment, cookware and cutlery supplies.



Drill bits

Carbide is an extremely dense compound and typically weighs twice as much as steel.  It doesn’t take much to yield a few pounds, therefore just a small amount can bring substantial value.

Tungsten is a familiar compound of carbide found in the machine tooling industry. Tungsten carbide is roughly 10 times harder than 18k gold, which explains its recent popularity for bridal jewelry.




Old BatteriesZero Waste purchases all types of lead.

Most common to scrap recycling include Lead Wheel Weights and Lead-Acid Batteries.  Please understand cracked or leaking batteries will not be accepted.


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