The Basics of Recycling Scrap Metal for Money

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Most of us know the value of recycling and reusing items like plastic bottles, hand-me-down clothing, and newspapers. Through reuse and recycling, we can reduce what goes to the landfill, reduce waste, and save on energy used to produce new materials. Some of these metals include copper, steel, aluminum, brass, and iron.

Unfortunately, these materials often end up in the garbage due to the lack of knowledge and sources for metal recycling. We’re here to help educate the community about the opportunity to bring your unused metal items it to the right place for recycling — and make some cash, too.

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It Helps to Know Your Metals

The most challenging part of metal recycling is recognizing what material you are looking at and its value. Know these basic metals and it gets a whole lot easier.

Copper – $$$$

Copper is a reddish color if it is in good condition. If it is a bit worn, it can have a darker brown color with some green rusted areas.

Copper is a common material in your home. You may find it as plumbing pipes, roofing materials like gutters, and inside air conditioners. Electrical wires also contain copper; underneath that black or colored plastic insulation is bright colored copper wire. Copper is one of the most valuable metals to recycle. So, separating it from your other metals can earn you some “pat-on-the-back” money for recycling it at your scrap yard.

Aluminum – $

Aluminum is often painted, but unpainted, it is a whitish, silver color. It bends easily if it is thin.

Aluminum cans are often collected and brought to the scrap yards in bulk. But cans are not the only use for this metal. You can find it in many places throughout your house, including gutters, siding, window frames, doors, and more. Although not worth a lot of money at the scrap yard, aluminum can be recycled and used again within a few months. Recycled aluminum saves 80 percent of the energy that was used to make it originally, so it’s important to recycle this metal.

Brass – $$

Brass is yellowish with a hint of red in it and is quite heavy.

You can often find brass in hardware like keys, door handles, light fixtures, and bathroom fixtures. Composed of copper and zinc, brass is used often in plumbing fixtures and also at the end of copper piping. A mid-level priced item at a scrap yard, brass can add up quickly in weight because of how dense it is.

Steel – $

Steel often rusts easily and a magnet will stick to it.

Steel is one of the most common metals used throughout the world. You can find in many places, from your car to chairs, shelves, cabinets, and more.  Unless you have thousands of pounds of it, you won’t get a lot of money for steel at a scrap yard. However, it is still wise to collect it your scrap steel for recycling. Steel is one of the most recycled materials. It can be melted down and reused over and over. Visit the Earth911 Recycling Search to find a scrap metal recycling facility in your area.

 

How to Recycle Scrap Metal

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JXR Hydraulic Equipment Co.,Ltd is a family business, founded in 2005, that design and produce balers,shears and shredders for the metal recycling industry. JXR has sold our recycling machines to thousands of customers in more than 50 countries. We have ever been devoted to be the world-class manufacture and service provider in the field of waste recycling equipment. Our products include scrap metal baler, scrap baler, scrap shear, waste shredder and so on. If you are looking for a reliable merchandise of scrap metal balers, please contact us now!

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