An alloy is a mixture of two or more metals or metals combined with one or more other elements. Think “Alliance.” Examples of alloys include brass, bronze, pewter, cast and wrought iron, steel, and even solder.

Alloy wheels are probably the most notable to recyclers. They are worth their weight in scrap aluminum.

Atlas Metal and Iron accepts:

  • Stainless steel
  • Non-magnetic
  • Magnetic
  • Nickel
  • Carbide
  • Alloys
  • Molybdenum
  • High-temperature alloys.


Separating ferrous metals from non-ferrous metals is one of the most important steps in the sorting process. Ferrous metals refer to any metal that contains iron and that means they are attracted by magnets and easily pulled out of the mixed waste stream. 

Stainless steel, for example, a combination of steel, chromium, nickel and magnesium, is a ferrous metal but because it is an alloy, is extremely resistant to corrosion. Alloys can be recycled but need to be carefully separated into their individual elements.

Aluminum alloy is also found in bicycles, trains, ships, airplanes, and spacecraft. It is one of the most commonly found alloys in the world.