We buy all types of brass:
See our Scrap Metal Prices (click here) page for current prices on all types of brass.
Yellow Brass is the common category of brass that most brass items fall into. See the picture below for an example of what yellow brass can look like.
- For your brass to be considered “clean” and worth it’s full value you must remove all non-brass contaminants such as steel, aluminum and plastics etc.
- Silver colored coatings that are commonly found on brass are not considered of big enough significance to qualify the brass as “dirty.”
- We will buy brass how ever you bring it in, whether it is “dirty” or “clean.”
Red Brass is not used nearly as often as yellow brass, but is none-the-less used in many common applications. See the picture below for an example of what Red brass can look like.
- Red brass is a higher value brass due to it’s higher copper content, which also makes it more red in color than other brass.
- All the same guidelines apply to red brass as do to yellow brass regarding cleaning the contaminants from the brass.
- Items that are often, but not always, made from red brass are things like water meters, well pump equipment and irrigation sprinklers.
Dirty Brass is the term used to describe any type of brass that has foreign contaminants attached to it. See the picture below for an example of what dirty brass often looks like.
- Excessive oil or paint will cause your clean red or yellow brass to be considered as dirty.
- Brass with iron, aluminum or any other metal, even in very small quantities, attached to it is considered dirty brass.
- Wood, glass or other non-brass contaminant make brass dirty as well.
- Copper is not considered a contaminant because it is used in the production of brass, so it will not qualify brass as dirty. If there is enough copper attached to the brass then it may be considered a Copper #3 material instead of brass.
- Remember that we will buy brass as dirty or clean. The price will match the condition of the material.
Riffle Brass is another common source of scrap brass. See the picture below for an example of what Rifle brass can look like.
- We accept all types of spent shells, but be sure to separate your brass shells from your iron and aluminum variants.
- No live ammunition will be accepted.
- Silver colored (nickel coated) brass shells do not currently need to be separated from the other brass shells.
- Caliber sizes can be mixed together and do not need to be sorted before selling them to us.
- Riffle brass usually pays 20-30% less than yellow brass due mostly to the need for additional processing to assure that all live rounds have been removed before entering the melting stage of recycling.
Brass Slag and Turnings are both accepted and regularly recycled. See the picture below for an example of what brass Slag and brass Turnings can look like.
- Both turnings and slag are priced on a case by case scenario based on contaminant levels and brass type.
Sprinkler Brass/Water Meters is a custom category we use for irigation sprinklers and water meters made of brass. See the picture below for an example of what Sprinkler brass can look like.
- Both Sprinklers and Water Meters can be made of both red or yellow brass.
- Typically both these items are dirty brass due to contaminants like glass and stainless steel, but pay more than standard dirty brass due to their low contaminant levels.
- Since many people do not want to break apart and “clean” sprinklers or water meters this brass category exists.
- Pricing is roughly half way between clean brass and dirty brass.