Nonferrous metals can be very valuable to the scrap collector, as they are to the metal recycling industry. Such scrap accounts for more than half of total U.S. metal recycling industry earnings, in spite of being only a modest proportion of total scrap metal recovery.
In 2010, U.S. nonferrous scrap recovery included:
- 4.6 million metric tons of aluminum
- 2 million tons of nickel/stainless steel
- 1.8 million metric tons of copper
- 1.2 million metric tons of lead
- 162,000 metric tons of zinc
This photo album shows some common forms of scrap nonferrous metals that a scrap metal collector may encounter. All images are shown with permission of the owner, West Coast Metal Recyclers.