What to Know About Recycling Brass


Did you know you can turn unwanted brass items in your home into cash? Brass is a valuable metal and there are businesses in your community that will gladly take your brass off your hands. Here’s everything you need to know about recycling this metal.


What is brass?

Brass is an alloy made up of two metals: copper and zinc. It’s a heavy, non-ferrous metal (a magnet won’t stick to it) that’s valued for its workability, resistance to corrosion and attractiveness. It has a bright gold appearance when polished.


It is common in bathroom fixtures, car radiators, door handles and musical instruments such trumpets and saxophones.


Non-ferrous metals such as brass, copper and stainless steel are usually worth more at metal scrap yards because it’s cheaper to recycle these metals than it is to mine and extract them.


Why recycle brass?

Recycling brass is good for the environment, as it conserves natural resources and keeps items from this metal out of landfills. Recycled brass also takes much less energy to produce and the recycling process emits fewer greenhouse gases.


In addition, recycling brass keeps production costs down for manufacturers, as recycled metal is much more affordable to make than virgin metal.


Non-ferrous metals such as brass can be recycled repeatedly without losing any properties. However, just 34% of metal is recycled from municipal waste facilities in the U.S., according to data from 2018.


Do you have brass in your home?

If you have a doorknocker or candlestick you think is brass, you can test it by holding a magnet to it. If the magnet sticks, then the item is probably only plated, and not worth much. However, if a magnet doesn’t stick, the item may be solid brass and perhaps valuable.


How valuable is brass?

Prices fluctuate for scrap and recycled metals so it’s always best to check with your local scrap yard. However, you can expect anywhere from $1 to $2 per kilogram. Brass is dense and quite heavy, so it doesn’t take much to accumulate several kilograms of it.


Sell your brass to Edmonton’s recycling professionals

Here at General Recycling Industries Ltd., we’re happy to buy your brass padlocks, plumbing fittings and door hardware. We buy and sell all types of metals and alloys at our locations in Sherwood Park and St. Albert. We also provide commercial and industrial recycling bin services. Contact us today to sell us your brass or other metals.