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5 Things You’re Doing Wrong When Scraping Your Metal

5 Things You’re Doing Wrong When Scraping Your Metal

When it comes to scrap metal, you probably aren’t an expert. Recycling metal can be tricky because some metal is more valuable than others, then sometimes it goes by weight. Metal is a very valuable material right now, and recycling it properly is one of the best ways to ensure you are getting paid properly. If you have a lot of scrap metal you’re looking to bring to a scrap metal yard, call us at M&M Recycling! We know how tough it can be to get your scrap metal to a yard, that’s why we offer a wide variety of services to make it easier for you!
People think recycling scrap metal is as easy as throwing it into a pile and bringing it to a yard. But there is so much more to it and people oftentimes make mistakes when they do it. 
5 common things you’re doing wrong when scraping your metal:

1.    Sorting

Whether you are sorting it in a way that you think is right, or you aren’t sorting it at all, this is the most common thing people do wrong when scraping their metal. When you have to recycle your scrap metal, you have to do sort it properly. You want to sort your materials based on metal type (aluminum, copper, brass, steel, etc.) to ensure you get the most for it. 

2.    Protection

If you’re thinking “how can you protect metal?”, we promise there is a way. Right now, metal is extremely valuable and sought after. There are so many people who lurk the streets looking for people who have left any type of metal lying around. If you have a pile of metal you are recycling, make sure it is hidden in a safe place, like a shed or garage, so you can avoid losing it entirely. 

3.    Location matters

If you’re not experienced at recycling metal, this is a major thing people do wrong. When it comes to recycling your metal, you want to choose a scrap metal yard that is reputable and trustworthy. If someone can tell you don’t know what you’re doing, you may not get as much as you should. If you’re unsure about which scrap metal yards are trustworthy, give M&M Recycling a call and we’ll be glad to help you find one! 

4.    Specialized yards

Believe it or not, there are different types of scrap metal yards. Some places will only take certain scrap metals, so make sure you do your research on which kinds of metals you have and which scrap yards will take it. There are some specialized yards that will offer you a certain amount of a certain metal, so just take some time learning about them.

5.    Sales tracking

If you’re not familiar with the scrap metal industry, some people sfull-time and that’s how they make their living. If you currently or plan to do this, make sure you are recording every sale you make so you know how much income you received. There’s nothing worse than making money, and finding out your owe on it later in the year. Do the upfront work now so you don’t get into trouble come tax season!

When you are recycling your scrap metal, you should always remember these 5 things. We told you these things to help you profit the most from your scrap metal. If you ever need advice or help with your scrap metal, M&M Recycling is always here to help in any way we can!