Ferrous Vs Non Ferrous

You may think that metals are all the same, that all metals have pretty similar characteristics and that there is no point in separating one from the other. Well you’d be wrong. Metals can be divided into ferrous and non ferrous, and these kinds of metals are used for different things in different industries. To help to strengthen our natural sources, the recycling of both kinds of metal is important in everyday life, so that instead of mining for what little the earth can still offer us, we can use the metal that isn’t any use to us anymore.

If your thinking ‘I need to scrap my car’ you can be safe in the knowledge that we are eco-friendly and your car will be recycled and reused in any possible way.
Here’s a bit of information as to what we do:

Non Ferrous Metals
Non Ferrous metals are ones that don’t contain iron and can generally be used again as for the most part they are workable, lighter.  Non Ferrous metals include ones such as Aluminium, Copper, Brass, Silver, Nickel, Tin and Zinc. Precious metals such as Gold and Platinum are also categorised as Non Ferrous. These metals have a high resistance to rust and decay, so much more suitable for building an aeroplane or a water pipe.
It is so useful to the environment to recycle non ferrous metals as this allows for natural sources to be left well alone. Just think when you’ve finished your can of cola, if you recycle it, it could become a part of a plane that you may one day fly on. Amazing isn’t it? What’s more, non ferrous metals are non magnetic, so your can may be turned into your next phone!
Characteristics of Non Ferrous metals;
Lighter, non magnetic,higher melting point, a high resistance to corrosion.

Ferrous Metals
Well, if Non Ferrous metals don’t contain iron, what do Ferrous metals contain? All together now… Iron. A metal containing a good amount of iron, such as steel can be used for all sorts of things, such as buildings and as these ferrous metals are used for cars, their magnetic properties are much sought after.
What’s great about ferrous metals is the amount of things produced that are recycled. If you scrap a car you’re helping to create another car, it’s one big, carbon footprint busting circle.

Characteristics of Ferrous metals;
Heavy, dense, magnetic, low resistance to corrosion.

Ferrous and Non Ferrous metals have their uses in every day life, and although we may not notice that we come into contact with them, we do. Just take a look at your car, the battery is a non ferrous material; lead but the bulk of the car is ferrous, but you don’t need to worry about that. Here at The Scrappers, it is our job to make sure that when your scrap any car, all the materials that are salvaged are segregated, ferrous from the non ferrous metals.

We’re in Bolton, Greater Manchester but we service nationwide. Give us a call on 01204 388 488 and do your bit for the environment.