North Shore Metal Recycling

Question: What Is Brass?
Brass is a common useful metal. Here's a look at what brass is made of and information about its chemistry.
Answer: Brass is an alloy made primarily of copperand zinc. The proportions of the copper and zinc are varied to yield many different kinds of brass. Basic modern brass is 67% copper and 33% zinc.
Lead commonly is added to brass at a concentration of around 2%. The lead addition improves the machinability of brass. However, significant lead leaching often occurs, even in brass that contains a relatively low overall concentration of lead.

Brass Properties
bright gold appearance, higher malleability than bronze or zinc, acoustic properties appropriate for use in musical instruments, low friction, soft - may be used where low chance of sparking is necessary
relatively low melting point, easy to cast, not ferromagnetic (which makes it easier to separate from other metals for recycling)

Question: What Is Copper?
Copper (Cu) is one of the best electrical conductors of all the metals, and its abundance helped it become the material that tied the world together in telecommunications. Light red in color and easily oxidized to a gritty green hue, copper can be drawn and formed to serve many purposes from architecture and jewelry to water pipes and circuit boards.

Copper Physical Properties
Strength: Copper is a weak metal with a tensile strength about half that of mild carbon steel. This explains why copper is easily formed by hand, but is not a good choice for structures.
Toughness: Copper may not be strong, but it is not easy to break due to its high toughness. This property comes in handy for piping and tube applications, where a rupture can be dangerous and expensive.
Ductility: Copper is very ductile and also very malleable. The electrical and jewelry industries benefit from the ductility of copper.
Conductivity: Second only to silver, copper is not only an excellent conductor of electricity, but also of heat. As a result, copper serves well in applications such as cookware, where it quickly draws heat to the food inside.


​How do you know how much to pay me for my scrap?
Normally, we pay depending on the weight and on the type of metal or scrap you are recycling. Each type of scrap metals are priced differently and are based on current market values (prices vary). At our discretion, we may offer lower or higher depending on quality and quantity.

Why don't you pay for scrap steel?
Since 2012, the price of steel has dropped in the market significantly. We need to take in account for processing and operating costs, and currently the market for steel is low, however we do still accept steel either pick up or drop off at our location.

Where are you located?
You may see our truck all over the lower mainland from Whistler to Chilliwack and everywhere in between, but  our warehouse is located at 185 Pemberton Ave, North Vancouver, BC, V7P2R4. You will find our entrance in the laneway adjacent to Pemberton - north of Welsh St and Johnstones Fireplace.

Why should we choose North Shore Metal Recycling over "those other guys" ?
North Shore Metal Recycling has been a licensed business serving in the lower mainland for over 30 years, our expertise and honesty in the industry makes us the right choice for you. We offer fair market values, we have a warehouse and not just a truck driving up and down ally ways to find scrap like "those other guys". Give us a call, email, and Facebook like - and you can find out what we are all about. 

I am over on Vancouver Island, how can I do business with North Shore Metal Recycling?
We are mobile with our truck, and we have a warehouse on the North Shore - we can arrange to pick up on the island, or arrange you to drop off at our shop. Either way, we don't let a little ferry get in our way!

I have a mixture of furniture with metal and wood/fabric combined, the transfer station (dump) wont accept the metal in the normal garbage, and want me to pay extra to get rid of it, can I drop off at your shop?
Most home furnishings like desks, beds some tables and chairs have a mixture of metal and wood/fabric. Although we do accept these, due to the labour intensive work to separate the metal to be properly recycled, we would have to evaluate each situation differently.