Why Empty Rifle & Handgun Brass Recycling Is Important

Handgun Brass Recycling

Anyone who spends any amount of time shooting rifles or handguns generates a lot of empty brass. For the occasional shooter it is tempting to throw it out. The high-volume shooter probably reloads their own ammo or knows someone who does, thereby reusing those fired cases. Either way, when you’re through with empty brass, don’t throw it out. Rifle & handgun brass recycling can put some extra cash in your pocket just in time for the holidays.

Empty brass might not take up much space in a garbage can, but why toss it? It weighs more than a comparable volume of household trash and scrap metal is dealt with by weight. Generally brass is worth between $1 and $2 per pound. 20 rounds of fired rifle brass weighs roughly 8 ounces. Obviously you’re not going to make the trip to Scrap Mart to make just a few dollars. Fortunately brass can be easily stored in 5 gallon buckets, cardboard boxes or plastic tote bins. Even the original boxes can be used if you are the type who is particularly organized. Storage conditions aren’t critical either. The cases don’t need to retain their shine. No matter how you store it brass doesn’t take up a lot of space and it can be tucked away in a basement, garage, attic or shed.

It doesn’t take much effort to keep your old brass on hand. Collect it in a bucket at the range and put it in your garage when you get home, then forget about it until you’ve got a stockpile. Then bring it in and collect your money. Contact us to get a price quote or for more information on rifle & handgun brass recycling. Why pay someone to get rid your empty brass when we will pay you?

Convenient Brass Recycling in St. Louis


Did you know that you can recycle brass items in your home simply by driving to your local scrap yard and dropping it off? Instead of throwing used brass couplings into a can and storing it in the garage, for example, why not bring it to the scrap yard and trade it in for cash? You’ll be doing your part by recycling a useful metal (which is a good feeling!), getting rid of excess “stuff” that you’ll probably never use again, and making a little money in the bargain. Not a bad deal!

Brass is a dense alloy — made of a combination of copper and zinc –, so a little bit weighs more than you might think. Besides being used in plumbing fixtures and at the end of copper piping, other brass household items might include

  • keys
  • door handles
  • light fixtures
  • bathroom fixtures
  • valves
  • unused decorative items like figurines or candlesticks
  • broken or damaged musical instruments

Some people keep a container (an old trash can or a bin) to throw bits and pieces of valuable household metals such as brass, copper, stainless steel, and aluminum into for a future trip to the scrap yard. It’s a shame to throw these scraps of metal away to add to our already overburdened landfills when you can simply save it up and drop it off at the scrap yard on Saturday morning and earn a little cash for your trouble!

In the St. Louis area, Scrap Mart Metals is the place to bring your brass and other valuable non-ferrous metals. You can also bring large items like old appliances, which are made of less valuable steel, but will still pay off nicely because of their size and weight. We’ve got a convenient drive-on scale, easy drop-off procedures, and we pay the highest prices for metal in the St. Louis area. So gather up your brass — and any other metal scraps you’d like to recycle and drive on over to Scrap Mart Metals on West Outer Road in Valley Park. And feel free to contact us if you have questions or want to know current payout prices on any metal you’re considering scrapping!

Continue a History of Brass Recycling in St. Louis

Brass Recycling

Brass Recycling Has Never Been So Easy!

Known for its lustrous physical appearance and aesthetic qualities, brass is a metal alloy involving both copper and zinc; non-ferrous in nature, it is used for diverse purposes from musical instruments like the French horn, the trumpet, and the trombone to everyday objects like doorknobs and zippers.

St. Louis has a deep history of brass use, including by the Success Automobile Manufacturing Company and the St. Louis Motor Company, which operated in the city during what became known as the “brass era” in vehicle-making, a designation given for the brass in automobile fittings used during the period; it began around the turn of the 20th century and lasted for nearly 20 years.

Now, brass, sometimes in homes and certain other settings, is waning in popularity. If you have brass items that you don’t need anymore, there is an alternative to throwing them away that will help you make money AND benefit the economy, environment, and society as a larger unit: brass recycling at Scrap Mart MetalsSome of the brass items that we purchase from customers are door hinges, plumbing materials, lamps, and radiators.

One of the most impressive aspects of Scrap Mart Metals, one that distinguishes our recycling business from others is our unique transparency; you can see the scales at which we measure the brass we buy in real-time, so you know that our prices are appropriate and accurately based. You should also consider convenience when choosing a place to do business, and Scrap Mart Metals is surely one of the most convenient recycling hubs in the area. Our business is currently the only St. Louis recycle center that offers drive-thru metal scrapping, and ours was originally the first to provide this service.

With a combined 20+ years of experience in the industry, our team has used advanced, transparent technology since 2011 to serve all kinds and sizes of individuals and businesses. Open from 7:30am through 4:45pm during the week (Monday-Friday) and from 7:30am to 12:30pm on Saturdays, Scrap Mart Metals is located on West Outer Road next to Interstate 44 in Valley Park. If you have any questions, please contact us, and inquire about our brass recycling services and request a quote!