Scrap Metal Pick Up and Recycling: What You Need to Know

Scrap Metal

Scrap MetalScrap metal recycling is the process of turning ferrous and non-ferrous waste metal into valuable secondary raw materials for making of new and useful metals. Something you might not have known about scrap metal recycling is that other than making you some cash it also helps in the green movement, as metal recycling reduces the exhaust on primary resources and also reduces the amount of waste in the environment.

Most of the customers that scrap yards come across are those that work in the trade industry such as construction companies, who come across tons of metal, wires and electrical equipment on a daily basis. However, regular home owners are also welcome to bring their scrap metal. There are some factors you should know during scrap metal pick up, says industry professional

The type of metal you have

There are currently two basic types of metals, ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Ferrous metals are not worth much but are still accepted and recycled in the scrap yards. Non-ferrous metals, however, are worth more and are very valuable to recover in the scrap yards. The most basic way to differentiate these two types of metals is by use of a magnet, where the magnet will stick to the metal if it is ferrous and will not stick to it if it is non-ferrous.

The material you have and its value

Copper is reddish in color or dark brown if it’s a bit worn. It is one of the most common and most valuable metals to recycle and so it’s worth more. Aluminum has a whitish, silver color. It is most common as cans and is not worth a lot in the scrap yards. Brass has a yellowish color with a bit of red and is made up of both copper and zinc. It is mid-level priced in scrap yards.

You should choose the scrap metal yard that best suits you to sell and/or buy scrap metals. Some place their prices according to the volume while others according to actual weight.