Nonferrous Commodity

Nonferrous Scrap

Nonferrous Commodity

Aluminum, copper, lead, nickel, tin, and zinc are among the many base metals that are referred in the industry as nonferrous scrap. These materials have a variety of uses and maintain their chemical properties through repeated recycling and reprocessing. This trait makes nonferrous metals infinitely recyclable and important to maintaining sustainability in resource conservation.

Pound for pound, nonferrous scrap is highly valued. ISRI estimates put nonferrous at less than 10% of the total volume of recycled materials processed in the US but at more than 50% of the total value of recycled materials traded.

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Join the Nonferrous Division

ISRI members who work with nonferrous metals are encouraged to join the Nonferrous Division.

Nonferrous Video

Nonferrous metals are the third most recycled materials by volume after steel and paper, but account for more than half of the total U.S. scrap recycling industry earnings.


Virtual Events: Nonferrous Spotlights Members Only



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