Varying percentages of metals meld together to form common brass alloys that are found in home plumbing networks, electrical wires, faucets, and pipes. In broad terms, red brass and yellow brass are commonly accepted at scrap yards. If you have large quantities of plumbing brass after renovating a bathroom or home, you can fetch a considerable return by scrapping the brass.
The two broadest categories of brass are yellow and red brass, however, there are more specific sub-categories that depend on the amount of copper and other metals used in creating the alloy. Red brass contains more than 80% copper, 8-10% tin, 2-4% zinc and small quantities of lead. Yellow brass, on the other hand, contains 60-70% copper and 30-40% zinc, tin and lead. For both types of brass, the copper in them is the most valuable element. Removing plastic, paint, and other exterior matter that adds weight to your brass will help you gain a higher yield at the scrap yard. If you have copper pipes with brass fixtures at the ends, you can make more money by cutting them off and separating the brass and copper components.
If you have yellow or red brass plumbing metal, you can bring them to Metalico for fair compensation. For larger, heavier quantities, you can also utilize our scrap container systems to safely load the brass for pickup services. Contact us today to learn about our latest prices for different types of brass!