Mann Metals

(248) 960-1200
1011 Decker Rd
Walled Lake, MI

recycling ferrous metals

Ferrous Scrap Metal Explained

iron recycling - ferrous scrap metal

What is Ferrous Scrap Metal?

There are two categories of metals that are recycled. Ferrous, meaning that it contains iron, and is attracted to magnets, and nonferrous, meaning without iron. Ferrous metals are the most recycled and include steel, stainless steal, cast iron, and wrought iron. More ferrous scrap metal is recycled than any other kind, and it is the easiest and least expensive to recycle.

What do I have that contains recyclable ferrous scrap metals?

Mann Metals accepts steel clips, heavy melt, turnings, cast and sheet iron, and scrap steel from industrial clean up and demolition sites. Most of this is commercially or industrially produced. We also accept stainless steel countertops, sinks, and flatware.

Businesses large and small in the construction, demolition, plumbing, auto repair, welding, and fencing industries should definitely consider recycling their ferrous scrap metals. Why not reduce the amount of waste in your skids and containers, and get some cash from that trash?

If you are an owner or manager of a business producing ferrous scrap metals, we’d love to hear from you. Contact Mann Metals by email or phone and let us explain how selling your scrap can benefit your bottom line! We can also discuss proving containers and pick-up for larger amounts of scrap.

Ferrous and Nonferrous Metals

Scrap metal yard

Often, scrap metal buyers or scrap yards will say they purchase and recycle both ferrous and nonferrous metals. What does that mean?

Ferrous metal is a metal containing iron. Ferrous metal can be sorted with magnets, and is easier to recycle. Mann Metals accepts many types of ferrous metals for recycling. Here are a few:

  • Steel: a mixture of iron and carbon, often with other trace metals
  • Stainless Steel: includes more chromium for rust resistance and shiny appearance
  • Carbide: an extremely hard steel that includes tungsten
  • High Speed Steel: a heat treated steel with carbon, manganese, molybdenum, and tungsten
  • Cast Plate Iron: Has a lower percentage of carbon, and is easier to pour and cast.

Nonferrous metal contains no iron, or only trace amounts of iron. Mann Metals accepts a wide variety of nonferrous metals, including but not limited to:

  • Aluminum: everything from window frames, auto wheels, and cans, to cast barbeque grills
  • Copper: insulated and uninsulated wire, auto radiators, plumbing scrap, and decorative items
  • Brass: an alloy of copper and zinc, varying the ratio produces different colors/attributes
  • Nickel Alloys: such as Hastelloy X, with nickel, chromium, molybdenum, and traces of iron

Mann Metals also accepts some mixed-metal items, such as e-waste, catalytic converters, auto radiators, and others. Contact us and we’ll be happy to tell you what we accept, and how much we pay.


Mann Metals provides top prices and prompt payment.

Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Call us today — (248) 960-1200

Request a Quote

* Full Name
* Email
Best Time to Call
Preferred PhoneEmail
* Type of Metal
If Other
Approx. Weight*