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Scrap Brass Prices and Grading

When it comes to scrap metal prices in Auckland, how much is brass really worth? If you bring your scrap brass in for our friendly team to review, you’d be surprised! Read on to learn all you need to know about scrap brass prices and grading.


What brass can I scrap?

Brass is a non-ferrous metal, which means it doesn’t stick to a magnet and is pretty valuable as far as scrap metal goes. It’s one of the most versatile metals and is commonly used for plumbing, machining, and electrical purposes. You can find brass in and around your house—think bathroom taps, doorknobs, padlocks, and even household ornaments. You might even consider recycling your brass instrument when you realise that being a muso is just not your calling after all.

While it’s pretty likely every man and his dog have something brass that’s scrap-worthy, to make it a bit easier for you, here’s a list of scrap brass items that are common:

  • Taps, showerheads, and other plumbing fittings
  • Brass castings
  • Light fittings
  • Brass pipes
  • Brass rods
  • Ornaments
  • Gas fittings
  • Fire extinguisher fittings

Not to blow our own trumpet here, but we’re known around town for paying top prices for scrap brass. Want to check what your brass scrap could be worth? We’d love to hear from you, so get in touch with our team from Monday to Friday (7am to 5pm), and on Saturdays (7am to 1pm).

How is brass graded and priced?

Brass is weighed and paid by the kilogram, so the heavier the brass, the more dollar signs you’ll see. In practical terms, there are two grades of brass—irony (a.k.a., dirty) brass which is often brass with steel or other contaminants (e.g., plastic, rubber, etc.), and clean brass, which contains no attachments or contaminants. Clean brass is more valuable because it’s ‘pure’ and requires less time and effort to sort, clean, and process than its ‘dirty’ alter ego.

When it comes to tap fittings, sometimes you’ll find they contain some steel too. At Endless, generally speaking, we can purchase tap fittings as clean brass, as long as they contain only a small amount of steel. If your scrap tap fittings are deemed to have a larger than normal amount of steel, we’ll still be happy to buy them off you, but we’ll need to pay you slightly less as they require more time and effort to process.

If you have a piece of scrap-worthy brass and are keen to make a quick buck, our friendly team would love to hear from you! Send us an enquiry with a description and/or photo of your scrap brass items to find out what your brass could be worth.

How to upgrade and make more money from your brass scrap

If you put in the prep work, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the price you can get for your brass scrap. Start by separating your brass from any other scrap metal you have on hand so that your brass doesn’t get graded as ‘mixed’. As for your brass alloys (that’s a mix of brass with another metal), keep them separate from your brass pile. Be sure to remove any contaminants (anything that’s not metal) if you safely can do so.

If you’ve got brass scrap that you want to enquire about, get in touch with our team from Monday to Friday (7am to 5pm) and on Saturdays (7am to 1pm).