Tips and Advice for Scrap Metal Recycling
We Are In This Together!
Today, every dollar counts. Lets make some extra cash!
Did you can make money out of broken or outdated household items and other unusable metal scrap you have laying around the house?
Keep all of your scrap metal from going to the landfill by gathering all those unwanted metallic items and bring them to your nearest scrapyard to get paid! The metal recycling industry is growing. Be one of the people doing the right thing by bringing your scrap metals to be recycled instead of throwing them away.
Easy Tips to Make More Money
- Cut the cords on all appliances and keep them separate. (Copper wires, even cell phone chargers fetch higher prices)
- It you have any aluminum items, keep them separated from your steel items. (Pots, pans, gutters / siding are a good place to start)
- Keep a magnet around! It a magnet doesn't stick to an item, keep it separated. (Copper, brass, aluminum, stainless worn't stick to a magnet)
- If your state doesn't have a can deposit law, save your cans to take to the scrap yard.
Separate What You Have At Home
Have your material separated before hand to make this easier.
If you separate your metal properly, you will know exactly what you have and I (your friendly buyer) will have a idea how you want to be paid. If you come with a mixed load of material, be ready to get paid a lower price because I don't have the time to separate everything perfectly for you.
- Buckets, containers and even plastic bags are easy and practical ways to keep your material separated.
- Separated material will command a higher price and you have more control over what you are selling.
- Try to keep your material as separate as possible so the buyer will know what you have.
If you have any questions on how your material will be graded, ask before your material is taken from the scale!
Tips for Your Scrap Yard Trip
- Look for signs notifying where you need to go. If you are confused, stop and ask for assistance.
- If you have a load that is more than a handful, look for the truck scales to weigh in your vehicle. (If necessary)
- When you are where you need to be, look for carts, buggies or containers to load your scrap into. (If necessary)
- Ask for assistance if you do not know how to separate or load your material. Try to keep "apples with apples" and keep your material as separated as possible as you can while you load.
- Look for the scale and get in line. Be patient and stay alert for workers, other customers and heavy equipment.
If You Need Assistance
- If you need help, ask, but be patient.
If you need assistance with anything, the workers are willing to help. Sadly, we are not mind readers and we need to keep an open line of communication. We strive to help the customers that have come first or we might have pending tasks that we must finish, but your business is a priority
Please, be clear and polite when telling us what you need, or how we can assist you.
Unused or Usable Items
Sometimes, we must ask.
- Any items that don't look like scrap or are unused may be turned away.
- Material belonging to utility companies, railroads or commercial industry could be rejected if you have no proof that you have the rights to sell it.
- Any radioactive material, sealed tanks or any material deemed to be dangerous could be rejected.
Any materials that will pose a threat to our workers or customers will be turned away. Items that are obviously not legally yours to sell cannot be bought!
Don't Forget to Check Your Ticket!
- Always check your ticket before you leave the scrap yard!
If you have any questions about what is on your ticket, ask. The longer you wait, the lower the chance the people at the scrap yard can help you. When explaining your problem, please be respectful and clear in describing your predicament.
Getting angry won't get you very far. Please be polite
A Insiders View
I hope you have learned something by this article. The scrap yard is open because of you, so don't feel shy to ask questions, learn and maybe have fun in the process!
Knowing what you can sell, separating your material and finding where you need to be are key.
Working at the scrap yard is just another job in customer service. After 8 years of buying scrap metal, I still enjoy helping people to make extra money recycling!
Thanks for listening.
More? Check out my other articles on Scrap Metal Recycling!