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Scrap Metal Recycling Terms: Can You Talk Scrap?

Talking bout scrap metal recyclingIf you’re new to scrap metal recycling, there may be some scrap metal recycling terms that are thrown around that you may not be aware of. Not being in the know can prevent you from earning more for your scrap metal and not understanding how the process works.

At Wall Recycling, we like to be in constant communication with our customers. This means making sure they understand what’s going on and what we’re talking about in our scrap metal recycling yards.

We’re here to help you out as we explain some of the terms and phrases you may hear when it comes to scrap metal recycling.

Let’s get started.

Scrap Metal Lingo You Should Know at Wall Recycling

Scrap Metal

This refers to any metal or material that you no longer need.

Metal Recycling

When someone talks about metal recycling, they’re talking about the process of reusing metal to make new resources.

Scrap Metal Buyer

As you get into the scrap metal recycling business, you’ll hear about scrap metal buyers. These are people who specialize in buying and reprocessing scrap metal from people who want to sell their junk.

Ferrous Metals recyclingFerrous Metal

This is any metal that contains iron. Since iron is magnetic, many people use a magnet to determine whether or not a metal is ferrous.

Non-Ferrous Metal

Non-ferrous metal is any metal that does not contain iron.

Precious Metal

These are metals that are naturally occurring. They have a high economic value. Gold, silver, platinum, and titanium fall under this category.

Scrap Metal RecyclingAluminum

This is one of the most commonly recycled scrap metals. It can be found in soda cans, food wrap foils, and storm windows.


A mixture or metallic solid solution that is made up of two or more elements. Examples include brass, pewter, and phosphor bronze.


A high-speed rotor of large hammers that are used to crush metal objects into smaller pieces.

Full-Service Recycling Partner

At Wall Recycling, you may hear us refer to a full-service recycling partner. This means that we are able to offer you the best prices for what you’re trading by combining our volume when we sell directly to steel mills and smelters. You can responsibly discard materials like:

  • Steel
  • Copper
  • Aluminum
  • Cardboard
  • Wood
  • Plastics
  • Computers and electronics


When you hear us talking about LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), we’re talking about a program that strives to transform the marketplace by providing a nationally recognized certification system to promote integrated, whole-building design practices in the building industry. This is an internationally recognized system. At Wall Recycling, we are fully equipped to help you with your LEED program. After recycling your items, we provide you with accurate and comprehensive data about what we processed.

Scrap Metal Recycling at Wall Recycling

Now that you’re more familiar with some of the scrap metal terminology, it’s time to get started scrapping!

You can count on Wall Recycling to give you the best prices per pound for scrap metal recycling. You can drop off your scrap metal at one of our five scrap metal recycling yards in Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, Goldsboro and Wilson or you can call us to schedule a pickup.

Call us today at (919) 582-7777 or reach out to us online for more information on how you can turn your scrap metal into cash!