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We built our business on establishing lasting relationships with our clients. One way we do this is showing our customers how to increase the value of their material. Whether it be proper metal sorting or pre-processing the material to a higher grade, Green Guy will show you how to make a bigger bang for your buck.


Sort Your Metal
To maintain the value of your material, keep metal grades separated.
Material can be purchased as a mixed load, but the price will be lower.


Non-Ferrous vs. Ferrous Metals – Magnet Test

A magnet is your best tool for sorting metals. If the magnet sticks to your material, it is ferrous, which means it contains iron. All ferrous metals are purchased across the truck scale, in the yard.

If it does not stick, your material is non-ferrous. All non-ferrous metals are purchased on the floor scale, inside the warehouse.



Stainless Steel vs. Aluminum – Spark Test

Stainless steel and aluminum are very similar in appearance. The best way to tell them apart is to test them with an angle grinder or bench grinder. Stainless steel will throw sparks, aluminum will not. Stainless steel may also have a slight magnetic pull, aluminum will not.



Copper vs. Brass Yellow Brass vs. Die Cast Aluminum
Copper vs. Brass Die Cast Aluminum vs. Yellow Brass
Pure copper will appear pink. If it is tarnished, it will look red or brown. If it is oxidized, it will be green. The color of brass is more yellow. Running the material across a grinder will reveal the true color for identification.
Die cast aluminum is often painted to look like yellow brass. The best way to identify the metal is to run it across a grinder. Yellow brass will be yellow and die cast will have a silver color.

Pre-Process Your Metal

Cleaning up material is often a quick way to increase the value of your metal. Here are some common examples:


 Sheet Aluminum  Copper Wire

Irony to Clean Sheet

Irony- to Clean-Sheet

80%-90% to Bare Bright

80%-90% to Bare Bright

Remove all screws, caulking and other contaminants from sheet aluminum. This increases the grade from Irony-Sheet to Clean-Sheet.

Insulated copper wire that recovers at least 80% copper can be stripped to increase the grade from 80/90% Insulated Cu Wire to Bare Bright Copper.



Window Frames Radiators

Shreddable to Clean Extruded Aluminum

Shreddable to Clean Extruded Aluminum

Dirty to Clean Aluminum Fin/Copper Core Radiator

Dirty to Clean Al./Cu. Core Radiator

Removing the glass from a window frame increases the grade from Shreddable Steel to Dirty Extrusion. Cutting the steel end off of an aluminum copper core increases the grade from Dirty Al/Cu Core to Clean Al/Cu Core and Cu. Core Ends.