In modern times, there is no other industry that has a wider diversity of contributors to it, than the world of scrap metal recycling. People from all walks of life recycle scrap metals, some doing it for fun and others for profit. Many people want to help keep the environment cleaner, while others do it to find cool and unusual things as they sort through recyclables. No matter what their motivation, numerous people are getting their hands dirty and contributing to the daily volume of scrap metal recycling.
So when it comes to getting the most for your scrap metal, there are some guidelines you need to know.
How To Recycle Scrap Metals
It is important to know what metals are worthy of scraping. Most recyclers will take any kind of metals, but your profits are based on the weight and types of metals being recycled. Metal is a blanket term, one that encompasses anything from wire hangers to aluminium cans.
All metals can be recycled in some way by someone.
Different scrap yards have set standards and rules about what they will or will not take in. Some expect you to remove all non-metal parts, such as stripping insulation off of copper wires, before they will scrap or pay for you for it.
Most recyclers will take any amount or volume of metals, but it is best to save up your scrap to have enough for a decent payout. Companies appreciate your time more, when you don’t waste a lot of their own man hours.
Don’t expect scrap yards to do all the heavy lifting. A scrap metal recycling enthusiast must find, acquire, load, transport, and unload their metals, so they can get paid. This means having a vehicle to haul metals in for recycling. This also means hauling away any scrap metal that is found to be unusable and finding some place other to dump it. It is important to never illegally dump or abandon unusable scrap metals in random places. If something is not usable by a local scrap yard, then it defiantly is not good for and could cause damage to the environment.
Types Of Recyclable Scrap Metals
Scrap metal yards accept most common metals. Such metals include non-ferrous metals like bronze, brass, aluminium stainless steel, and copper. Non-ferrous metals have the most value for buyback, so they are very popular with scrap metal traders. Most scrap yards will also accept iron and steel, but these ferrous metals are not worth as much and therefore are accepted for much less of a payout.
The simplest way to tell ferrous metals from non-ferrous metals is doing the magnetic test. Using a magnet, touch it to the metals that you have gathered or found to scrap. If the magnet sticks upon touching the metal, it is a ferrous metal like iron and steel. The magnet will not stick to non-ferrous metals, such as copper and aluminium.
Some scrap yards are more picky or particular than others. It is smart to call or research the individual scrap yard to find out what metals they take on a regular basis. Nearly all scrap yards accept iron, steel, brass, copper, and aluminium. Your local scrap recycler may also accept some other metals, but only for purposes of recycling and not offer any payout for them.
Some scrap yards accept various types of wire, Christmas lights and gauged wiring for cash. Others may take in scraped computers, appliances, or auto parts, but these yards are fewer today than they used to be. In most cases, it pays off to call several of your local scrap yards before travelling down there with your load of common metals.