Metals

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Every year the United States saves enough energy, by recycling steel, to supply Los Angeles with nearly a decade’s worth of electricity.

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Aluminum

Included in this category are aluminum beverage cans, as well as clean aluminum scrap and aluminum foil. Currently, aluminum is a highly valued material for recycling.

Tin-Coated Steel Containers

Includes cans used for food packaging (i.e., canned foods). Some local recyclers might require cans to be cleaned and crushed with labels removed.

Bimetal Containers

A typical example includes tin-plated steel cans with an aluminum “pop top” (e.g., peanut cans). These containers can be separated from aluminum cans by using a magnet. *Note: Technically, tin cans are bi-metal, be we do not consider them when referring to bi-metal cans. Many recyclers accept bi-metal containers with tin-coated cans.

Non-Ferrous Metals

Includes most types of scrap metal which do not contain iron (such as copper and brass). This scrap can be a relatively valuable commodity, depending on quantity. It is often recycled through scrap metal dealers, although some general recyclers will handle it with other materials.

Ferrous Metals

Includes iron and iron-containing metal scrap. Ferrous metal is handled in the same manner asnon-ferrous metal, but generally has lower market value.