Mann Metals

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

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Ferrous and Nonferrous Metals

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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

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