Need to Know

What is Recyclable?

Mervis Recycling is happy to pay you for almost any metal! See the list below to find out what type of materials are recyclable.

In the scrap recycling industry, materials are grouped as either ferrous or non-ferrous. Ferrous means “made of or containing iron,” and non-ferrous refers to metals or metallic scrap that do not contain iron.

How does that translate to actual material?

Ferrous Metals

When you think of ferrous material, think of steel, iron and materials that are used for their strength and durability. These are the materials often used in construction, appliances, automobiles, sheet metal, and household tools. Ferrous materials tend to rust, and have magnetic pull. Common ferrous metals include steel, stainless steel, iron and wrought iron.

Ferrous materials are in high supply and are the most common scrap metal recycled. Therefore, prices historically don’t fluctuate dramatically.

Non-Ferrous Metals

Non-ferrous materials are typically lighter-weight, less likely to rust, and more malleable than ferrous. These properties make them desirable for use in such products as aircraft, water pipes, and household metals that are exposed to weather. These metals are also non-magnetic, which makes them desirable for electrical wire. Common non-ferrous metals include copper, aluminum, and brass, and are found in copper wiring, plumbing, and aluminum siding.

While aluminum cans are a very widely recycled and abundant material, overall, non-ferrous metals are more rare, and typically yield a higher payout than ferrous materials. They also experience more volatile price changes.


  • Aluminum Cans, Siding, Wire, and More
  • Appliances
  • Auto Batteries
  • Automobiles
  • Brass — Both Red and Yellow
  • Carbide
  • Cast Iron
  • Copper Tube, Wire, and Sheets
  • Die Cast
  • Farm Equipment
  • Iron
  • Lawn Furniture
  • Lead
  • Stainless Steel
  • Tin
  • Yard Tractors and Mowers

We make getting paid for your metal recyclables quick, easy, and safe. Mervis Recycling pays competitive prices, but recycling metal prices change frequently, so we can’t provide an online price quote. Be assured, we always pay quality rates for your recycling materials.


Follow these steps, and get paid for your recyclable materials.

  • Bring your recycling to a Mervis Recycling facility. Follow the signs to the proper scale.
  • After your recycling is graded and weighed, you will receive a material receiving ticket.
  • Take your material receiving ticket to the cashier, present your valid driver’s license and you will be paid promptly.

Environmental Responsibility

Mervis Industries and Mervis Recycling are committed to being industry leaders in compliance with the latest federal, state, and local recycling laws and environmental regulations. Our customers can feel comfortable knowing that their recyclables are being handled in an environmentally responsible way.