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Common Scrap Metals & Where to Find Them

Common Scrap Metals & Where to Find Them

Did you know that there is about 150 metric tons of scrap metal in the united states that you can find, recycle and turn to cash? Scrap metal can be a great source of stable income. Since scrap metal is recyclable, there is always a demand for it as mining for metals are costly. Scrap metal isn’t biodegradable, and more and more are produced each year. This creates long lasting jobs as the whole process is cyclical. 

Sorting Out the Good from the Bad

It is important to understand the different classes of scrap metals and their worth. We can divide scrap metals into two main groups, ferrous and nonferrous. Nonferrous metals are metals are not magnetic and are worth more since they have a stronger resistance to corrosion. Whereas ferrous metal, which are magnetic metals that aren’t as durable, so they aren’t worth as much. The most popular metals used for manufacturing are steel, copper, and aluminum. These metals will give you the biggest returns. Sorting out these metals based on their quantity, quality and type will determine how much money you will receive. The overall condition of these metals will also impact the price you will get for them.

Where to Find Scrap Metal

Common materials that can become valuable scrap are steel beams, pipes, electrical equipment, as all of these contain large amounts of steel and copper. You can find these metals from most industries such as automotive, medical, construction and food. Construction and renovation sites contain a lot of scrap and by providing them a service to manage their unwanted metal can give you a huge opportunity. Hospitals and medical clinics also contain a lot of scrap from appliances, to beds and wheelchairs. Shooting ranges have a great amount of brass shells that can be collected and sold. Farms and ranches may contain machinery and other items that have rusted away and no longer in use. 

Common Scrapable Materials 

Aluminum, brass, copper, iron, steel, nickel, and cobalt are some metals that are scrapped. Aluminum can be found in soda cans, air conditioning wiring, food wrap foils and screen doors. Brass can be found in doorknobs and old brass frames. Cobalt is used in batteries and filter cakes. Copper, which can be found abundantly, is used in kitchen sinks, electronic wiring, plumbing or living room décor. Iron is commonly found in railings and patio furniture. Steel is very popular among stainless steel appliances and beams. Nickel is another metal that is found in many electronics like electric guitar strings, and rechargeable batteries. 

Where to Recycle

Once you have collected the scrap metal it is now time to take it to a recycling yard. Every recycling yard will offer different prices anywhere from $.50 to $2.50 per pound. Make sure to call ahead of time to see where you can get the most for your scraps. This way you’ll be saving time when you negotiate on a price over the phone. Hauling heavy metal can be the most difficult part of scrap metal recycling. M&M Recycling offers services so that you don’t have to worry about transporting heavy metal. Contact our team and we will be glad to answer any of your questions about recycling scrap metals.