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How to Store and Sort Scrap Metal

How to Store and Sort Scrap Metal

Scrap recycling is one of the greatest ways to make some extra cash while helping the environment. You may think that the hardest part of scrap recycling is the finding and collecting part, and you are mostly right about this. However, that’s not the only step, after collecting the metal, you should know how to properly store and sort it. In this article, we will go over ways you can store your metal and the steps of sorting them.

Storing Scrap Metal

First, you should know where you can store your metal because it is not suitable for some environments. Your first option is a barn. That’s because you need a big workspace when it comes to scrap metal, and the barn provides you with that space. In addition, you can safeguard your metal under different objects from potential burglars. Another option you have that is even safer than a barn is your cellar if you have one. A third option is a storage unit. If you do not have the extra space in your house, this is a great option. You can easily rent a storage unit and relax, knowing that your metal is in a safe place.

On top of these places, you can even try to put smaller pieces in your garage. However, it can be messy if you keep leaving pieces of metal in your garage, so you can install some shelves to organize your metal. Other organizing techniques include containers or even barrels.

How To Sort Your Metal?

Now, it is time to sort your metal. First get bins to divide your metal according to the material, such as iron, copper, brass, stainless steel, etc.

After this separate the ferrous metal from non-ferrous ones. If you do not know how to distinguish between them, we have a technique for you. Get a magnet and test whether that piece of metal sticks to the magnet. If it does, it is a ferrous metal, if it doesn’t it is non-ferrous.

After dividing your material into two categories, now it is time to make subcategories of ferrous and non-ferrous metal. For example, copper, brass, and aluminum are non-ferrous metals and it is important to recognize the different features to sort them out. You should go through this process for both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. After dividing them, you can start to put them into the shelves or containers you installed for the organization.

Finally, make sure to keep the rusty, dirty, or other tainted metals apart from other metals. That’s because these types of metals must undergo additional processes.

Reliable Scrap Recycling Services

Whether you are a small company or a resident, M&M Recycling is ready to take the scrap metal you bring to us. We are a reliable scrap metal company that provides many scrap metal recycling services. We know how beneficial scrap recycling is for you and for the environment, so we are trying our best to provide exceptional service. Call us today to learn more!