Out with the Old, in with the New: Artificial Christmas Tree Recycling

artificial Christmas tree recycling

Easy Artificial Christmas Tree Recycling With Scrap Mart Metals

The Christmas season of joy, peace, and giving has come and gone, leaving behind bright memories and a Christmas tree waiting to be taken down. An artificial tree can last many years, but at some point it does need to be replaced by a new one. Is that where your tree is at this year? Instead of storing away a tattered fake tree, consider artificial Christmas tree recycling!

At Scrap Mart Metals, we recycle metal Christmas trees. Come into the convenient drive-thru at our Valley Park location, and we’ll not only take that old tree off your hands, we’ll pay you for it!

Added convenience

If you don’t want to keep this year’s Christmas tree decorations and lights, keep them on the tree! We’ll accept lighted and decorated trees. This makes it easier for you. Simply take in the artificial tree as it is. We pay you for it, decorated or plain!

Other Metals

Put more money in your pocket by bringing in additional metal. We pay you for aluminum, copper, brass, and steel. We also take old computers and car and marine batteries. Load up your vehicle and drive into Scrap Mart Metals. We’ll weigh and sort your metal, and then pay you for it! Extra cash for the new year is a great thing, right?

When you are looking for artificial Christmas tree recycling, look no further than Scrap Mart Metals. We offer top dollar payouts for all your scrap metal. Scrap Mart Metals continues to be St. Louis’ best and most efficient metal recycling center. Need help finding us? Look here. We’ll see you soon!

Make Quick Money by Recycling Copper Wire

Recycling Copper Wire

You can make real money by recycling copper wire you have on hand. Recycling this valuable commodity means instant payment by the pound when you bring copper wire or other copper scraps into Scrap Mart from anywhere in the greater St. Louis region. That copper wire can be renewed and recycled, again and again.

Copper has enduring value because it is in demand for construction uses. It swiftly transfers electric current from the power grid to most any light switch, hidden in the walls around us. Scrap copper is readily melted down and formed into plumbing pipes and other products for home and industry. This creates a constant demand for this practical material, leading to consistent payouts when you bring copper in for recycling.

Why should you personally recycle copper wire?

  • The most popular reason we hear about is to benefit from our quick, generous payouts. But if that’s not enough to motivate you, we have a few other compelling factors to consider.
  • Recycling copper wire also keeps our environment a healthy place. Working copper mines still exist, but the sheer effort of ore extraction and the toxic damage to local environments proves costly — far more costly than copper recycling both in terms of current health effects and unknown future impacts.
  • Recycled copper keeps material costs affordable, too. Your quick trip down to our metal recycling station helps decrease the cost of copper for all new industrial and residential applications, including street lighting, keeping our communities livable and safe.
  • Because copper is so popular to use, during any building demolition you are highly likely to come across copper wire, plumbing or any other items.

Come on down!

Do some good while you do well for yourself. You and the broader community both benefit when you bring that old wire in and sell it to us here at Scrap Mart Metals!

We offer you top dollar for recycling copper wire in our modern, efficient drive-thru and drop-off non-ferrous metal recycling center. Get in touch to find out more. We have been making it a no-brainer to bring in multiple kinds of scrap metal recyclables from homes, businesses, and organizations since 2011.

Why Empty Rifle & Handgun Brass Recycling Is Important

Handgun Brass Recycling

Anyone who spends any amount of time shooting rifles or handguns generates a lot of empty brass. For the occasional shooter it is tempting to throw it out. The high-volume shooter probably reloads their own ammo or knows someone who does, thereby reusing those fired cases. Either way, when you’re through with empty brass, don’t throw it out. Rifle & handgun brass recycling can put some extra cash in your pocket just in time for the holidays.

Empty brass might not take up much space in a garbage can, but why toss it? It weighs more than a comparable volume of household trash and scrap metal is dealt with by weight. Generally brass is worth between $1 and $2 per pound. 20 rounds of fired rifle brass weighs roughly 8 ounces. Obviously you’re not going to make the trip to Scrap Mart to make just a few dollars. Fortunately brass can be easily stored in 5 gallon buckets, cardboard boxes or plastic tote bins. Even the original boxes can be used if you are the type who is particularly organized. Storage conditions aren’t critical either. The cases don’t need to retain their shine. No matter how you store it brass doesn’t take up a lot of space and it can be tucked away in a basement, garage, attic or shed.

It doesn’t take much effort to keep your old brass on hand. Collect it in a bucket at the range and put it in your garage when you get home, then forget about it until you’ve got a stockpile. Then bring it in and collect your money. Contact us to get a price quote or for more information on rifle & handgun brass recycling. Why pay someone to get rid your empty brass when we will pay you?

Recycling Steel With Scrap Mart Metals

Steel is in everything these days – from small cans and handheld tools to massive bridges and machinery – and so it’s no surprise that steel is the world’s most recycled material. Steel is an amazing material for a variety of purposes. It’s a strong, versatile, and completely recyclable metal, making it a clear favorite when it comes to building new structures.

Recycling steel from cans, cookwear, tools, and any other steel products you’ve considered trying to get rid of at yard sales is a simple and cost-effective way to cut down on clutter. Plus, why not earn yourself some money toward your next down payment, family vacation, or new project in the process? To make the process even easier, Scrap Mart customers can recycle ferrous metals by driving to our certified drive-on scale.

Creating new products from scrap also helps avoid the environmental impact of mining and smelting new material, as well as providing you with an average of 10 cents per pound of scrap metal. It might not seem like anything that impressive at first, even if you bring in several truck loads of scrap, but small things add up fast and every little bit helps – for both the planet and your wallet.

Do you have extra steel you no longer need? Would you like to make some quick cash for a new project? Contact us at Scrap Mart! We offer top dollar payouts for all your scrap metal and our new drive-thru and drop off metal recycling center makes recycling steel easier than ever.

Convenient Brass Recycling in St. Louis


Did you know that you can recycle brass items in your home simply by driving to your local scrap yard and dropping it off? Instead of throwing used brass couplings into a can and storing it in the garage, for example, why not bring it to the scrap yard and trade it in for cash? You’ll be doing your part by recycling a useful metal (which is a good feeling!), getting rid of excess “stuff” that you’ll probably never use again, and making a little money in the bargain. Not a bad deal!

Brass is a dense alloy — made of a combination of copper and zinc –, so a little bit weighs more than you might think. Besides being used in plumbing fixtures and at the end of copper piping, other brass household items might include

  • keys
  • door handles
  • light fixtures
  • bathroom fixtures
  • valves
  • unused decorative items like figurines or candlesticks
  • broken or damaged musical instruments

Some people keep a container (an old trash can or a bin) to throw bits and pieces of valuable household metals such as brass, copper, stainless steel, and aluminum into for a future trip to the scrap yard. It’s a shame to throw these scraps of metal away to add to our already overburdened landfills when you can simply save it up and drop it off at the scrap yard on Saturday morning and earn a little cash for your trouble!

In the St. Louis area, Scrap Mart Metals is the place to bring your brass and other valuable non-ferrous metals. You can also bring large items like old appliances, which are made of less valuable steel, but will still pay off nicely because of their size and weight. We’ve got a convenient drive-on scale, easy drop-off procedures, and we pay the highest prices for metal in the St. Louis area. So gather up your brass — and any other metal scraps you’d like to recycle and drive on over to Scrap Mart Metals on West Outer Road in Valley Park. And feel free to contact us if you have questions or want to know current payout prices on any metal you’re considering scrapping!

4 Reasons to Recycle Stainless Steel

Recycle Stainless Steel

Before you sell an old set of stainless steel pots and pans in a yard sale, consider recycling them. While you’re at it, take another look through all those items destined for the yard sale, thrift shop donation or garbage heap. You may discover an array of stainless steel items that can be recycled. Here are a few reasons why you should always recycle stainless steel:

Ecology: Crafting new products from scrap metals helps to curb environmental damage from mining and smelting plants. Stainless steel is a metal that is incredibly durable which makes it a prime candidate for recycling. If it ends up in a landfill, being so durable, it will be there taking up space possibly for centuries.

Usability: Where recycling is concerned, this durable quality is good news. Stainless steel scrap is about 80%-90% recyclable.

Lucrative: Stainless steel has value to the recycling industry. Depending on market conditions, and the type of item recycled, stainless steel might fetch as much as fifty-cents per pound. Think about it, how much time might you spend on a yard sale? At the end of the day, count your earnings and divide them by how many hours were invested in the planning, organizing, and staging of the event. You may be surprised to find that you could have earned more for your time by bundling up your recyclables and selling them for scrap.

Convenience: If you stage a yard sale, you are stuck on site until the event is over. And what if it rains? Your earning opportunity becomes a mess many shoppers will avoid. If you choose to recycle, bad weather won’t affect your earnings or create a mess of your “stuff”. Many scrap metal recyclers, like Scrap Mart Metals, have drive-thru’s. It doesn’t get any more convenient than that!

The next time you update your kitchen or automobile wheels, or need to dispose of some batteries or appliances, contact us . You will be surprised at how easy it is to put some extra change in your pocket when you choose to recycle stainless steel.