non·​fer·​rous | \ ˌnän-ˈfer-əs \

Definition of nonferrous

1 : not containing, including, or relating to iron
2 : of or relating to metals other than iron

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In 2015, China imported nearly 60 percent of all plastic scrap around the globe; 31 percent of all nonferrous metal scrap (metal that was neither iron nor steel); and 51 percent of all paper scrap, according Global Trade Magazine. Author: David Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Cities scramble to rewrite rules on recycling after China restricts ‘foreign garbage’," 3 July 2018 Steel Dynamics, which has facilities located in the U.S. and in Mexico, produces steel products, liquid pig iron, and processes and sells ferrous and nonferrous scrap. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Steel Dynamics Gets Boost From Improved Demand for Steel," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of nonferrous

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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