Why is it so Important to Recycle Old Computers?

Recycle Old Computers

Over the last two decades, computers have gone from clunky to sleek to “barely there” technologies. It’s been a hassle to keep up with ever-changing technology and trying to keep your office spaces up-to-date. Just got a brand new piece of technology for your home or company? Before you weigh down your dumpster by throwing the old one in or adding more waste to a landfill, why not recycle old computers, hard drives, printers, copiers, or fax machines at Scrap Mart Metals? We’ll even pay you for it!

Why is it so important to recycle old computers?

  • Protect yourself: Computer hard drives, cell phones, and other devices can have a lot of sensitive information contained within them; your full identity, passwords, credit card information, and more. Throwing them away means anyone can get their hands on that information.
  • Precious metals: Believe it or not your electronics contain gold. According to this article, “only 10-15 percent of the gold in e-waste is successfully recovered”. Your expired electronics are a great resource that should be taken apart and used for new products.
  • Toxic elements: Lead and mercury are among a number of toxic materials present in electronic waste. Often, our trash is shipped to other countries where these poisons are subsequently, and due to poor processing, released on local populations, causing health risks in many cities and towns throughout the world. At Scrap Mart, we make sure your electronics go through proper processing in order to eliminate this risk.

At Scrap Mart Metals, we know the importance of recycling electronic waste, so we offer you top dollar for all your computers. Pack up your office’s old printers, hard drives, fax machines, and copiers and bring them down to Scrap Mart, you’ll be helping the environment while putting cash in your pocket.

Cast Iron Recycling is a Paying Way to Make Something New

cast iron recycling

Out With The Old, In With The New: Cast Iron Recycling

Cast iron, from its popularity throughout history to its more modern uses, has been an important part of many lives across St. Louis, around the country, and throughout the world. It has been used for more than 2,000 years, and has many different varieties, which are used for different purposes. Cast iron has even left its own footprint throughout St. Louis in its usage on storefronts. But buildings, storefronts, and other structures aren’t the only places you’ll find cast iron. Just take a look around, and you’ll notice the versatile metal in everything from pianos to staircases.

That memorial to one of America’s finest philanthropists? Those words could be written on cast iron. The remnants of the fence that surrounded a farm? Yes, that might be cast iron, too. How about the engine cylinders of some of the first steam engines? Those were often made from cast iron. It’s great to preserve history, and architectural salvage, for example, has allowed everyone from bargain-hunting individuals to large companies to do just that: take items that were once used for some reason, in some setting, and modify them as needed, while preserving the items’ historical significance and aesthetically pleasing qualities.

But sometimes, certain cast iron items are not usable in your setting, or they’re too mangled and damaged to be used in any setting. That valuable cast iron, the material within the object, can be made anew, in a modern item that can be used, valued, and appreciated by another happy consumer. Scrap Mart Metals offers a great way to achieve those goals, through our innovative cast iron recycling. Part of an old building can become a frying pan. Material from a bridge no longer in use can be part of someone’s new house, built with recycled materials. Whatever its destiny, your cast iron can find new life at Scrap Mart Metals — and you can get paid!

We don’t just value the items and metals that our customers bring in — although we’re known for our competitive offers — we value our customers’ time, and the trust they’ve placed in us. We’re open from 7:30 every weekday morning until the establishment closes at 4:45pm. And we’re even open and available to help on Saturdays, from 7:30am to 12:30pm. That means, even if you work full-time during the week or have an irregular schedule, there’ll likely be some time in which you’ll be available — and so will we. We even have a drive-on scale (or drive-thru, depending on what you’re recycling) to make the process less time-consuming for the customer.

If you have any questions about cast iron recycling, please give us a call at (636) 256-7400, and we’ll be happy to help. Scrap Mart Metals, from our location in Valley Park, Missouri, has been accurately weighing — and successfully scrapping — all kinds of materials, from cars to computers to copper wires, over the course of the past several years. Utilizing a variety of cutting-edge technologies, we provide lucrative offers, and an excellent experience when you recycle any of your items that will make you a Scrap Mart Metals customer for life; contact us today to learn more about our drive-on scale (used to weigh ferrous metals, like cast iron) and other impressive services.

Battery Recycling: Turn Old Batteries Into Cash!

Battery Recycling

St. Louis Battery Recycling Has Never Been Easier!

Tired of looking at those old batteries taking up valuable space in your garage — or worse, creating an eyesore behind the garage or tool shed? Battery recycling is an option you may not have thought of, but it’s easy, convenient, and will put a little cash in your pocket to boot!

Keeping old car batteries stored in the garage or anywhere on your property is not a good idea. Leaking battery acid is not something you, your kids, or your pets want to come in contact with. Batteries also contain lead, and we all know that lead exposure is dangerous — especially to small children.

Of course, you can always return an old battery to the auto parts store when you go there to buy a new one, but they’re definitely not going to pay you for the privilege. Why not take it to a scrap yard and get a little cash for it instead? Most households end up with scrap metal — old copper wire, old appliances like washers, dryers, freezers, etc — that needs to go to the scrap yard anyway. Next time you make a run, don’t forget to include any old vehicle batteries you have on hand.

So now you know. Most scrap yards — including Scrap Mart Metals, serving the St. Louis area since 2011 — will pay you cash for your old car, truck, motorcycle, or lawnmower batteries, along with any ferrous or non-ferrous metal items you’d like to recycle. We offer the highest payouts and offer drive-through service. What could be easier? You’ll clean up your garage, help save the planet, and make money all in just one trip to Scrap Mart Metals!

Contact us anytime if you’re curious about prices currently being paid for all types of metal, electric motors, batteries, and even certain electronic items.

Convenient Copper Recycling in St. Louis

Your Copper Recycling Experts

It is common knowledge that recycling is good for the environment, but at Scrap Mart Metals recycling can also be good for you, and convenient too! Located in the St. Louis area, Scrap Mart Metals is seeking to recycle your copper for you. We will purchase your recyclable copper, and in exchange you get to leave with extra money and a cleaner environment. The following are items that you can bring in for copper recycling at Scrap Mart Metals:

  • Copper pipes
  • Copper wire
  • Copper electric motors
  • Copper roofing

Many of these items are commonly used in both residential and commercial applications, and a simple check of your property may result in you finding copper that we want to recycle for you. Copper piping, for instance, is commonly used in plumbing. If you have recently renovated or had recent plumping repairs completed, you may have discarded copper piping to recycle.

The same could be said for copper wiring. Commonly used by electricians for residential and commercial electrical wiring, you may have discarded copper wiring from an electrical project which may need to be recycled.

Copper electric motors can be found in many electrical devices and appliances. For instance, a motor found in air conditioning unit likely contains copper, as would motors found in appliances such as a washing machine and dryer.

Recently installed a new roof? We will purchase your discarded copper roofing from you.

Scrap Mart Metals makes it convenient for you to recycle your discarded copper materials. Our facility features drive thru recycling, making it fast and easy for you to recycle your items and collect your cash. In addition to the convenience we offer, Scrap Mart Metals also pays top dollar for your copper. Don’t let your discarded copper materials go to waste; contact us today. Come visit Scrap Mart Metals to recycle your waste and leave with extra money!

Your Electric Motor Recycling Guide

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How Can Electric Motor Recycling Benefit You?

Electric motors are very tempting for people to take apart because of the allure of the copper wire on the inside, but it is also very time-consuming. For inexperienced motor owners, they may not know that the copper wire inside is not #1 wire, but instead it is #2 copper wire, so they most likely won’t be getting the top price for it. To make things easier and to save time, those in the St. Louis area should opt for an electric motor recycling center where they can drive in, drop it off, get paid and go!

Electric motor recycling in St. Louis is now easier than ever before. Scrap Mart offers convenience not only in getting rid of materials, but in getting paid. With their new drive-through and drop off metal recycling center it is easier than ever to bring in the scrap metal recyclables from one’s home, business or organization. The material is sorted and weighed, and then cash payments are made, right then and there.

Whether they know it or not, most homeowners have some sort of electric motor in their house. They are found in anything from microwaves, hand tools, air conditioners, and more. There most likely are motors in the garage, such as the starters in lawnmowers or snowblowers. Those who want to recycle their motors can help themselves by cutting off any cords, as well as taking off any plastic parts connected to the motor.  To get the most money possible on their motors, the sellers must disconnect them from the mounting base, or anything else that is attached.  They should focus on selling just the motor itself and keep the ratio of steel to copper intact when the consumer buys it for recycling. At Scrap Mart Metals, we offer top dollar for your recycled electric motors. Don’t delay, for more information, contact us today!

Steel Recycling the Easy Way

Steel Recycling

We Make Steel Recycling Easy at Scrap Mart Metals!

In case you haven’t heard, St. Louis steel recycling is the easy way to put extra cash in your pocket and get rid of some of the junk clogging up your garage, attic, basement or shed!

It’s getting harder to get rid of junk these days with landfills reaching capacity. Recycling is the socially responsible thing to do whenever you can. Nothing could be easier than driving a pickup truck full of steel scrap to Scrap Mart Metals and simply driving it on to our certified drive-thru scale and then dropping it off for recycling. Not only will you be doing the right thing for the planet by reducing waste and giving new life to old items, you’ll also be driving away with some extra cash for that new barbecue grill you’ve had your eye on, or a special night out for “dinner and a movie”!

Spring is the time for spring cleaning and that means now is the perfect time to take inventory of any old metal items lying around — the old barbecue grill out behind the garage, the old clothes dryer, old tools, or an old wheelbarrow. The list goes on and on.

And if you have a business, the last thing you need is metal machine parts, old wire, or other metals taking up valuable real estate!

Scrap Mart Metals on West Outer Road in Valley Park makes metal recycling easy and offers top-dollar payouts for all your metal — both ferrous and non-ferrous. We’ll even take those old electronics taking up room in the office off your hands (excluding TVs and monitors)!

Why wait? For a small amount of time and effort, you can get rid of some of the junk lying around your home or business, and pick up a little extra cash at the same time! Contact us today for current prices being paid for the metals you’re looking to drop off.