brass recycling

Ace Steel & Recycling Inc.


Brass is a yellowish metal with a tinge of red in it, and is very heavy. It can typically be found in hardware like keys, door handles, light fixtures and bathroom fixtures.  Composed of copper and zinc, brass is used often in plumbing fixtures and also at the end of copper piping.  Although a mid-level priced item at a scrap yard, brass can add up quickly in weight due to it's density.

There are several grades of brass;

Yellow Brass: Typically used in household plumbing and keys, yellow brass is usually around 65% copper, 30% zinc, with small amonts of lead and tin.

Red Brass: Rarely used in new production, but still recycled.  Red tint is due to higher (85%) copper content.

Semi-Red Brass: Contemporary replacement for red brass.  Approximately 80% copper.  Commonly used is shut-off valves and sprinker heads.


Ace will pay top dollar for your brass scrap!  Simply bring it to our yard on Rapid City's Eglin Street, just a mile east of Rushmore Crossing.  Pull up to the dock in front of the building, where our staff will quickly sort and weigh your load before giving you a ticket to redeem for payment in our front office.  The process will take just a few minutes, after which you'll be driving away with your profit of the day.

Questions?  Give us a call at 605-342-8649. Go green, and get some green, with Ace Steel & Recycling!