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How to identify,classify and sort scrap metal

Updated on August 15, 2013
METAL
CLASSIFICATION
EXAMPLES
COPPER
BARE BRITE (pays the most)
shiny new looking copper with no corrosion ($3.30-$4.14 a pound)
COPPER
#1
newer looking copper pipe with no welds ( $3.00-3.30 a pound)
COPPER
#2
dirty looking older copper wire or pipe ( $0.90-$1.20 a pound)
COPPER
INSULATED COPPER WIRE
wire that still has plastic insulation (insulation must be removed to make it more valuble) $ 1.10 a pound
BRASS
MIXED BRASS
brass that has any other attached ( if other metal is not cut off price difference in pay will be around $1
BRASS
CLEAN BRASS
brass that has no other type of metal attached to it
BRASS
RED BRASS
is a reddish color and is somewhat rare
STEEL
SHREDS
"shreds" is the junk of the junk, thin peices of tin and any other rusty old looking metal
STEEL
#1 (pays more than shreds)
angle iron, nice thick peices of steel
ALUMINUM
ALUMINUM CANS
soda, beer, and other beer cans...usually pays 50-60 cent a pound
ALUMINUM
CAST ALUMINUM
pots and pans, many lawn mower decks, used in many many household items. It is a dull silver color and light weight
ALUMINUM
FOIL & PIE PANS
usually around 2-5 cent a pound
ZINC
 
often mistaken for brass...if you scratch it and it looks silver then its zinc
CAR BATTERIES
 
usually around 20-40 cent a pound...but very profitable because of the weight
LITHIUM ION BATERIES
FROM LAPTOPS
not as big and bulky but very profitable
ELECTRIC MOTORS
APPLIANCES
anything that can be plugged into an electrical outlet is going to have an electric motor. usually pays 20-40 cent a pound, remove the copper to maximize profit

Why scrap metal?

recycling is an awesome way to protect the environment and make some cash in the process, It keeps the land fills from being lined with unnecessary and often valuable material that can be used to make other things. So why not profit from it?

The first thing that pops up in peoples mind when they hear the term "scrap metal" is aluminum cans and copper, but what they fail to realize is ALL METAL IS RECYCLABLE! I'll be willing to bet that they don't know that each type of metal is broken down into different classifications and each classification varies in price! There are tons of people out there that also associate scrap metal with criminals and criminal activity, but that is far from the truth, it can be a very lucrative business if done properly.

Non-ferrous and Ferrous metals


The first and most important tool you will need to start identify metal is a magnet. There are non ferrous and ferrous metals, a magnet will not stick to non- ferrous metal generally making non-ferrous metals more expensive due to weight,higher conductivity and corrosion resistance. Non-ferrous metals include: aluminum, copper, brass, zinc, nickel and some forms of stainless steel these are just a few common metals you may see. Common ferrous metals are: steel, iron, anything a magnet will stick to.


Classifying and sorting metal

Separating your metal will definitely increase your profits. Please refer to the table to classify metal.


WHERE TO BUY SCRAP METAL

I buy a lot of scrap copper from Ebay, i use ebay because I can get it cheap but most importantly the price of metal fluctuates and when the price goes up I sell it.

Auctions are another great source to pick up scrap metal and make huge profits from it.


Identifying metal seem complicated, but with a little practice you will see amazing profits.




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