The Most Expensive Metals To Recycle


Scrap metal recycling is good for the environment and by extension, good for us. Of course, it is also a good way to make money. Metals are an important part of the products and goods we use on a daily basis; making the metal recycling Houston business a fairly profitable one. Naturally, some metals are likely to give you more bang for your buck as they sell at higher rates.

Some metals are more expensive than others, due largely to their properties and heightened demand. Generally, non-ferrous metals command a higher price than ferrous ones; as their light weight properties and high usage increase their demand. This increased demand, naturally increases their dollar value. The most highly recycled metals (non-ferrous) include:

  • Copper: is great for making electrical material, piping, roofing and insulation, as well as, household goods and products. It’s easy to see why copper is a popular metal for recycling.
  • Lead: is used mostly in batteries when recycled. Lead is also used in ceramics, and even to protect against radiation as is the case of X-rays.
  • Aluminum: is perfect for building roofs, window frames, vehicles of all sorts- (including wheelchairs), cans, foil, and tableware products- among others.
  • Zinc: is used to make coins, as a coating to protect iron and steel against corrosion, and as a component in batteries. Zinc, when alloyed with copper is also used to make brass.

Other non-ferrous metals include titanium, nickel, tin, and alloys like brass. These are not recycled as popularly as those listed above. Precious metals like gold, platinum, and silver are also non-ferrous metals that can be recycled; however, they are more often invested in and traded as a part of an investment account or portfolio. This is because these precious metals tend to hold their value against economic variables, such as inflation, and over time, provide a handsome return on your investment.