Brass Scrap Metal Information

At Irving's Recyclables, we buy and recycle Long Island scrap metal, including brass scrap metals. Brass is a gold-colored alloy of copper and zinc. Alloys are a merging of two different metals, or they can be a metal combined with an element. Brass also contains approximately 2% lead, which is added to improve mach-inability. Brass is a metal that is commonly used in decorative, mechanical and architectural functions. It can also be found in locks, gears, door knobs, valves, plumbing fixtures, electrical appliances and musical instruments. 


Brass Properties

Brass is a metal that is definitely distinguished when it comes to other metals. It has various properties that set itself apart. Some of these properties are:

  • Alloy type: Binary
  • Content: Copper and Zinc
  • Density: 8.3-8.7 g/cm³
  • Melting Point: 1652-1724 °F

Characteristics

Compared to bronze or zinc, brass has a higher malleability. This is due to its low melting point and its flow characteristics. You can vary the properties of brass compositions, which allows for the creation of hard and soft brasses, thus a relatively easy material to cast. However, the copper-zinc ratio plays a big part in the composition and thus characteristics the metals displays.

Brass is a highly recyclable material and today nearly 90% of all brass alloys are recycled. This is due to the fact that brass is not ferromagnetic and can be separated from ferrous scrap by passing the scrap near a giant, powerful magnet. Brass scrap is then collected and delivered to a factory, where it is then melted and recast into its desired size and form. Since brass is generally soft, it can be machined with the use of cutting fluid, which makes it a desirable material.


A Trusted Scrap Metal Disposal Location

Irving's Recyclables has been buying and selling scrap metals on Long Island for years. Brass is one of many scrap metals which can be brought down by residents from Nassau and Suffolk County. We are a leader in scrap metal pick-up and disposal services. Contact us today for pick-up and disposal services and options. We are open Monday through Friday. Please call us for our hours and for any other information you need. The number to our office is 631-842-1222.  We will gladly assist you with any questions you may have concerning scrap metal and our other provided services.