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Ferrous and non-ferrous metal disposal

We are a scrap dealer in Sussex that accepts both ferrous and non-ferrous metal. Whatever you have to scrap, we offer fantastic prices and reliable collection. Unsure whether you have ferrous or non-ferrous metal to scrap? Here we explain the differences between the two.

ferrous and non-ferrous metal disposal

Our Services

  • Responsible scrap metal recycling
  • Ferrous and non-ferrous metal accepted
  • Top prices for scrap
  • Collection and drop-off available
  • Fully insured and BMRA registered

What is Ferrous Metal?

The term ‘ferrous’ refers to any metal compound containing iron. However, metals with only trace amounts of iron are not classed as ferrous. Because of the iron content, ferrous metals are usually magnetic, very strong and hard such as cast iron, light iron, steel and construction steel. However, these characteristics vary depending on the alloy elements the metal is made up of. Ferrous metal isn’t as in demand as non-ferrous and, as such, it usually has a smaller scrap value.

What is Non-Ferrous Metal?

On the other hand, non-ferrous metals do not contain iron such as aluminium and copper. These are usually more desirable as they are conductive, non-magnetic, and lighter in weight. Non-ferrous metals are also recognisable due to their malleability. This means that they can be reshaped and is why they are often used in commercial industries. There is a higher demand for ferrous metals and, as such, they usually fetch a higher scrap price. But this does depend on the alloy composition.

At Geo. E. Richardson, we recycle copper, brass, aluminium, lead, copper cables, stainless steel, nickel alloys, zinc, batteries. If you have unwanted scrap to recycle, call our team today. We can talk you through your options and arrange a collection of large items or a delivery slot at one of our depots for smaller items.

Scrap Metal dealer in Sussex

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Geo. E. Richardson & Sons Ltd offer reliable scrap metal recycling services across the Sussex area. Working with both ferrous and non-ferrous metals, we’ll help you responsibly dispose of your unwanted scrap. Get in touch now to organise a trade collection or a drop-off at one of our depots.