What Types of Scrap Metal Can Be Recycled

Scrap metal recycling helps you create more space for other items on your property and allows you to make extra cash. If you have metallic items lying around, find a recycling center to determine whether they’re recyclable and make some money off them. Sikora Metals in Detroit, MI, is a reputable scrap metal recycler that uses certified scales and competitive pricing to provide fair payments to individuals for their items. Here are the types of scrap metals you can recycle:


This metal is common in different household items, including pots, pans, cans, gutters, fencing, wheels, etc. It has many applications because it’s corrosion resistant, has great thermal conductivity, is non-toxic, and resists rust. It’s also lightweight and durable. The recycling process involves melting the aluminum items, removing byproducts, and repurposing the result into new items. Bring your aluminum scrap metal to Sikora Metals for honest weighing and great prices.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel scrap metal can be repurposed into new products without losing quality. Stainless steel is an alloy of nickel, chromium, and iron. It may also contain titanium, sulfur, and carbon depending on the intended use. You can find it in construction materials, transportation items, and surgical tools. It’s also common in cutlery, cooking appliances, packaging products, and jewelry. Many industries prefer this metal because it resists rust and is strong enough to resist corrosion. Don’t throw your stainless steel items away, and instead reach out to Sikora Metals.


Iron is a ferrous material with many uses, from household appliances to construction products. You can find it in fencing, wrought iron gates, cooking pans and pots, motor blocks, drums, rotors, etc. A desirable aspect of recycling iron is that this metal doesn’t degrade when melted, and it retains most of its properties. That means the recycled product has many applications and can even produce similar items. We accept ferrous materials in our facility, including sheet and cast iron. Unacceptable ferrous materials are public property like street signs and asbestos-containing materials.


Manufacturers use copper to make items like railings, musical instruments, electrical wires, gutters, kitchen sinks, and jewelry. This metal is malleable and can produce intricate designs without breaking. It also has excellent heat and thermal conductivity and is durable. Extracting new copper is more expensive than recycling. If you have copper products you want to recycle, contact us for advice on how to get started on the process.


Brass is a zinc and copper alloy common in musical instruments, plumbing fixtures, and decorative items. This metal is recyclable an infinite number of times without losing its chemical or physical properties. Brass is a dense material, meaning you can accrue significant weight even with a few items. The total price depends on weight; the more brass weight you have, the more money you’ll make. Like other metals, recycling brass helps save natural resources and reduces landfill waste.

Choose Sikora Metals for Scrap Metal Recycling

The unused metallic items in your home or business can produce money for various uses. At Sikora Metals, we use certified scales to weigh your items and offer fair prices. We accept a wide range of ferrous and non-ferrous materials. Contact us today to learn more about acceptable and unacceptable materials. Our website also has current scrap costs to help you understand our pricing.