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Items we recycle at our electronic recycling center and scrap metal recycling in San Antonio

Bracken Recycling employees and owners are proud of our Texas heritage and our mission to be a socially and environmentally responsible company. Our family has been in the scrap metal recycling business since 1970, honoring our commitment to provide excellence in customer service and to create long-term relationships.

Ferrous metals for scrap metal recycling at Bracken Recycling

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) reports that ferrous scrap (iron and steel scrap) is the most recycled material in the United States and worldwide. In the U.S. alone, the U.S. Geological Survey estimates that 72 million metric tons of iron and steel scrap were purchased in 2012. To metal recyclers, the most common ferrous metal alloy is steel, which can be found in automobiles, household appliances, construction beams and food cans. But because ferrous metal covers so many different types of materials like paper clips and possibly even your pots and pans, our scrap metal recycling experts at Bracken Recycling will assist in identifying acceptable metals.

Common Ferrous items we accept for recycling:
  •   Iron
  •   Tin
  •   Metal fencing and roofing
  •   Structural steel (prepared and unprepared)
     - Angle iron
     - Steel plate
     - Beams
  •   Automobiles (must have a title; gas tank and battery must be removed)
  •   Other
     - Lawnmowers, trampolines
     - wheelbarrows, barbecue pits,
     - metal lawn furniture
  •   Appliances
     - Dryers
     - Washers
     - Hot water heaters
     - Refrigerators, Dishwashers

Liquids, closed containers, tires, trash, propane and gasoline tanks or hazardous materials
are not acceptable recycling items.

Commonly recycled ferrous metals
Contact us and our recycling experts will assist you in identifying acceptable ferrous materials.

Mild Steel

Mild steel is the most commonly used ferrous metal. Mild steel is used in the manufacture of
nuts, screws, bolts, girders and other general metal products.

Carbon Steel

Carbon steel, also known as tool steel or cast steel is an iron alloy with 0.5 to 1.5% carbon. Carbon steel is mainly used in the manufacture of tools like drills, chisels, shears and hammer heads.

Cast Iron

Cast Iron is another commonly used ferrous metal. It is made up of 2 to 6% of carbon and 94 to 98% of iron. Cast iron is normally used in the manufacture of heavy crushing machinery, machine tool parts, brake drums, car cylinder blocks, machine handles and gear wheels and plumbing material.

Wrought Iron (prepared and unprepared)

Wrought iron is generally used to make ornamental gates and railings.

Non-ferrous materials we purchase for recycling

Scrap aluminum, brass, copper and more

Non-ferrous metals are those other than iron and alloys that do not contain an appreciable amount of iron. These items are non-magnetic. Stainless steel is often classified as both a ferrous and non-ferrous metal because it contains iron but is not magnetic due to the process that makes it stainless.

Acceptable non-ferrous items for recycle:
  •   Copper
     - Copper tubing
     - Copper wire
     - Insulated copper wire
     - Aluminum and copper radiators
  •   Brass
     - Brass fixtures
     - Brass radiators
     - Brass shells
     - Brass shavings
  •   Aluminum
     - Aluminum cans
     - Aluminum radiators
     - Aluminum widow frames
     - Aluminum shavings
     - Aluminum cast
     -  Aluminum wire
  •   Lead
     - Lead acid batteries
     - Lead wheel weights
     - Soft lead
  •   Non-electronic Ballasts
  •   Electric Motors
  •   Transformers
  •   AC Compressors

Commonly recycled non-ferrous metals

Contact us and our recycling experts will assist you in identifying
acceptable non-ferrous materials.

One of the most commonly used non-ferrous metals is aluminum. It’s also the most abundant metal in the earth’s crust, so it’s not surprising that it’s one of the most widely recycled materials today. Generally used in the manufacturing of aircrafts, boats and automotive parts, aluminum is also used in window frames, saucepans, packaging (cans and foils) and insulation, pistons and cranks.


Copper is another very important pure non-ferrous metal. It’s mostly used in the manufacturing of electric wires, cables and conductors, plus pipe, cylinders and printed circuit boards.

Brass contains 65% copper and 35% zinc. Brass is a good electrical conductor and can be used in a wide variety of items such as musical instruments, doorknobs, plumbing fixtures, mailboxes and household ornaments.

Lead is the heaviest common metal. Its uses are different than other non-ferrous metals, perhaps best known for use in protection against radiation (x-rays). Lead can also be found in automotive batteries, roof coverings and flashings as well as wheel and fishing weights.

Stainless Steel
Stainless steel, also known as corrosion steel, is an alloy of iron, nickel and chromium. It is commonly used in kitchen cutlery and cookware, medical instruments, kitchen draining boards and pipes.

More than 80% of the zinc available for recycling is eventually recycled according to the Bureau of International Recycling. Galvanized steel makes up the majority of collected zinc products.

Electronics components we purchase for recycling

Receive top dollar for electronics recycling including old computer recycling
Electronics waste (e-waste) is generally considered anything that plugs into a wall or accepts batteries. We make it easy for you to recycle old computers and other electronic equipment. Our electronic scrap recycling process ensures that safe and environmentally protective measures are taken to allow the safe extraction of the constituent materials.

Bracken Recycling acceptable electronic scrap products

  •   Motherboards, fingerboards, receiver boards, PC cards, processors (CPUs)
  •   Circuit boards
  •   Whole computer towers
  •   Cell phones
  •   Laptops
  •   Whole hard drives
  •   Gold and silver memory
  •   Slot cards
  •   Power supplies
  •   UPS batteries
  •   Lithium ion laptop batteries

The metals in commonly recycled electronic equipment

Contact us and our recycling experts will assist you in identifying acceptable
electronic materials.

  •   Cell phone printed circuit board (PCB) is the main board of cell phones. The PCB on
       non-working and discarded cell phones usually contains copper, lead, gold, palladium
       and silver.
  •   Computers scrap printed circuit boards can be scrap motherboards, video boards,
       audio boards, network cards and other PCI, ISA or AGP boards that are found in desktop
       computers, personal computers, laptops and servers. This type of PCB usually contains
       copper, lead and a small amount of gold, palladium and silver.
  •   Communication boards are usually boards out of end of life PBX systems. The PCB usually
       contains copper, lead and a small amount of gold, palladium and silver.
  •   Low grade scrap PCB usually comes from the scrap of monitors, amplifiers, DVD players,
       printers, speakers, VCR’s, cable boxes, satellite boxes, MP3 players and cameras. These
       boards usually contain copper and lead and a minimal amount of precious metal.