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Ferrous vs. Non-Ferrous Scrap Metal

Ferrous vs Non-ferrous Scrap Metal

Non-ferrous scrap metal tends to fetch a higher price, so we’re often asked why there can be a big difference in the price of ferrous metal versus non-ferrous metal. The simple answer is that there’s just a lot more ferrous scrap metal out there. But what’s the difference anyway?

Ferrous Metal

Ferrous metals contain iron, which the chemistry or Latin geeks among you probably knew already, since iron is Fe (short for the Latin ferron) on the periodic table. The most common examples of ferrous metals are steels and irons and are found in anything from skyscrapers to cars, tools and knives. They’re magnetic and known for strength and durability, but they are also susceptible to rust.

Non-ferrous Metal

Non-ferrous metals tend to be known as precious metals like gold, silver and copper, but also tin, lead, brass, aluminum and more. They’re more malleable and non-magnetic, which is why you’ll find a lot of them in wiring and electronics. Some though, like aluminum, brass and lead, are used for things like piping and siding.


Since non-ferrous metals fall in the precious metals category, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that they are more rare and tend to fetch higher prices. Non-ferrous metal prices tend to fluctuate from month to month as well, depending on supply and demand at any given time.

Ferrous metals, as we’ve mentioned, are found in a lot of common items. As such, they’re almost always high in supply, which keeps the prices for them lower and consistent.

If you’re looking to buy or sell your ferrous or non-ferrous scrap metal, stop by Southern Metals Recycling. If you’ve got any questions about what we’ve got on hand or our prices, give us a call at 910-762- 2646 for our location on Highway 421 N, 910-762-9619 for our downtown Wilmington location and 910-524-5618 for our Resale Warehouse.

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Our New Commercial (See Now)



We have had a great time working hard to put this commercial together with Chris Varner over at Right Point Media. Chris and his team are very professional and beyond skilled at what they do. Once the decision was made to work with RPM, we had a commercial put together in no time at all. We are very satisfied with the outcome and we look forward to reaching more people to continue helping Wilmington, NC recycle unwanted scrap metal.

Our commercial was also put together to share with everyone the new Resale Warehouse we just opened up to the public. We have a 60,000 square foot warehouse filled with all types of new and used metal that we are selling to the public at a discounted rate. We have everything from steel, aluminum, stainless, brass, copper and then some. So whatever your needs may be to complete the project at hand, don’t hesitate to drop by the largest metal resale warehouse in town.

Enjoy our new commercial…

Wishing you all a wonderful week!
Thank you for recycling,

Southern Metals Recycling2923 Hwy 421 North & 13 Wright Street Wilmington, NC 

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Look What’s New @ Southern Metals!!!

Welcome to the Southern Metals Resale Warehouse


Southern Metals Recycling is now selling metal to the public at a discounted rate. Located on the north side of the scrap yard is our 60,000 square foot warehouse loaded with many different types and sizes of metal.

 Are you building or repairing something and need to find a less expensive piece of metal? No Problem! We can help!

 Please contact the resale warehouse at the number below for any questions on inventory and/or pricing. 


Buy Metal For Less!!!

Varian Hall – Resale Manager
Phone: (910) 524-5618
Hours of Operation:
M – F: 8:00 – 4:00
Sat: 8:00 – 12:00
Sun: Closed

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Did You See It???

For those who missed last night’s episode of Revolution, it was quite amazing to see the footage that came out of the hard work they put forth on our recycling scrap yard. There were several different locations used during the show, but ours scrap yard was where the chopper landed in the old abandoned airfield to refuel. It was great to see different sections of our yard used throughout most of the episode too.

My favorite part last night was seeing the ending fight scene which took place in the garage shop where our talented mechanics spend most of their hardworking days repairing and upgrading a lot of our machinery. It wasn’t normal to see that place with an abandoned look to it because there is always something going on in there.

Over all, it was a great experience and honor to have the cast and crew take part in one of the best television shows on NBC here at Southern Metals Recycling. Enjoy some of the photos we took during their visit:



If you have any questions about scrap metal pricing, please don’t hesitate to call.

Southern Metals Recycling – Wilmington, NC – (910) 762-2646


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Don’t Forget to Watch!!!

Tonight is the night! Watch Revolution on NBC and see Wilmington’s very own Southern Metals Recycling in the backdrop. The show filmed on location a couple months back and it was an honor to see the cast and crew work diligently to produce an amazing episode right in front of our eyes.

We are very proud to represent Hollywood of the East as our scrap yard and warehouse caught the attention of the producers to make for the perfect shot. We wish we could tell you more about what gadgets we saw on the set, but it is better left for you to see on the television this evening.

Revolution is airing this evening at 10pm on NBC, so watch it or set your dvr to record it. We are ecstatic to see how the shots pan out!

Check out our blog tomorrow and see the photos we took on set.


Southern Metals Recycling – Wilmington, NC – (910) 762-2646

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Watch US on Revolution Monday @ 10pm on NBC

Monday evening is going to be an exciting night for Southern Metals Recycling. Many weeks ago, we had the pleasure to host the filming for Revolution and it is time to see our yard come to life on the big screen. You can catch us on Revolution on NBC at 10pm.

If you haven’t seen or heard of Revolution before…check the website out at: REVOLUTION


Stay tuned to see some of the photos that we took while the crew were on site. I am allowed to post them after the show airs.


Southern Metals Recycling – Wilmington, NC – (910) 762-2646

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Congratulations April Raffle Winners

Southern Metals Recycling would like to congratulate these six lucky winners in this past month’s raffle. Every time these customers brought in at least $25 worth of scrap metal, they had a chance to enter in to the raffle. The more they came in, the better their chances were. We had a great time with this raffle so keep an eye out for us to do it again in the near future.


Highway 421 Location Winners:

1st Place Winner – $300 – James Lucas

2nd Place Winner – $150 – Odell Patterson

3rd Place Winner – $75 – Harry Steele


Front Street location Winners:

1st Place Winner – $300 – Gregory Raynor

2nd Place Winner – $150 – Gene Brooks

3rd Place Winner – $75 – John Garelli


Thank you again to all who participated! 

Southern Metals Recycling – Wilmington, NC – (910) 762-2646

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Our Thoughts and Prayers

We at Southern Metals Recycling would like to send out our thoughts and prayers to those who have been physically, emotionally and spiritually harmed by recent events in Boston. There are no words that can take the pain away from such a tragic event. Let’s stand behind our authorities and hope their investigations can help us bring who’s responsible to justice.

Best Wishes,

Southern Metals Recycling

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We Take Car Batteries

One of the questions we get here at Southern Metals Recycling is if we accept car batteries to recycle. We certainly do! As of right now, car batteries go for $.25 a pound and we have a company who drops by once a week to pick them up for us. A lot of people, even myself, change car batteries ever so often, but it is great to know that you can recycle the batteries and refrain from storing them in your garage, not knowing what to do with them down the road when they start piling up in a corner.

If you are unsure where to find us, call us at the number below. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about scrap metal and their prices.

Southern Metals Recycling – Wilmington, NC – (910) 762-2646

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