Why should you recycle brass?

Potentially all metals can be recycled. And brass is no different. In fact, recycled brass makes up nearly 100% of the brass manufacturing in the UK. But why should brass be recycled? And how can you responsibly recycle your old metals and alloys, like brass? Well, here at X-Met Metals, we are the leading scrap metal merchants across the North West. In fact, we work across Bolton and Leigh, Manchester and St Helens, as well as further afield, to provide a professional mobile scrap metal collection service. So wherever you are, we can collect the scrap waste from you, saving you time and money. As a result, we have produced this guide to the top reasons to recycle brass.

What is brass?

Brass itself is a metal alloy. This is made of predominantly copper and zinc, but it is also balanced with lead, aluminium or manganese for different properties.

Brass is durable, strong and resistant, as well as being malleable and highly conductive, both of electricity and heat. As a result, it is an important metal used in a range of everyday objects, including:

  • light switches and fittings
  • letter boxes
  • door handles
  • door locks
  • coat hooks

So why should you recycle brass?

Recycling brass is not only possible, but vitally important. In fact, because brass itself is an alloy, made mostly by combining copper and zinc, recycling brass is key to it’s sustainability. So, why should you recycle your scrap brass? Well, there are a number of reasons, including:

  • Conserving natural resources- Mining for more natural materials, to produce new brass, is uneconomical, and also harmful for the environment. Recycling is a much better alternative that will help to conserve our finite natural resources.
  • Make money- instead of throwing your brass into landfill, you can trade it in for cash. Here at X-Met Metals, we are leading brass buyers across the North West, and we offer competitive prices for any brass.
  • Fewer emissions- recycling brass produces fewer carbon emissions than recycling other metals, or mining for new materials. This can help reduce the carbon footprint of this metal, and protect the environment.
  • Good for the economy- with UK manufactures using up to 100% scrap brass, recycling the brass scrap can significantly contribute to the brass economy, and allow new items to be developed for a lower environmental, and economical cost.
  • No loss of quality- Brass has the capacity to be recycled an infinite number of times, without losing any of its chemical or physical properties in the recycling process. This means that recycled brass is equally as effective as newly manufactured brass.

Choose X-Met Metals for professional brass recycling

Here at X-Met Metals, we can offer a professional scrap metal collection service. Simply get in touch and we can arrange scrap metal collection at a time and location that best suits you. This means that you can recycle your scrap, including brass, without travelling to a scrap yard. Our vans are fitted with industrial scales to weigh out your scrap, and pay you, on the spot. So why not get in touch today?