Non-ferrous metal is any metal, including alloys, that does not contain iron in appreciable amounts. Generally more expensive than ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals are used because of desirable properties such as low weight (e.g. aluminium), higher conductivity (e.g. copper), non-magnetic property or resistance to corrosion (e.g. zinc). Some non-ferrous materials are also used in the iron and steel industries.
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Ferrous metals are those containing iron such as nickel, steel and iron itself. Ferrous metals are often magnetic but this is not a defining characteristic.
Classification of Ferrous Metals:
- Processed steel 201 is 1m * 1m
- Unprocessed steel is any size larger than 1m*1m
- Sub Grade is steel thinner than 2mm eg roof sheeting (IBR), car bodies and drums
Most types of batteries can be recycled, however some batteries are recycled more readily than others, such as lead-acid, automotive batteries.