Scrap Metal Recycling: Putting Money in your Pocket one Can at a Time

Most people know that scrap metal recycling is important to help sustain our resources but did you know it is also good for your wallet? Recycling trucks now come to our curbs once a week. This is great but all those cans that just went away for free could have made you money. Josey Orr contributed an article to the online magazine, The Art of Manliness to discuss just how lucrative scrapping can be for the seasoned scrapper. Here are some tips to pump up your scrapping skills.

  • Tools: You don’t need much. It’s best to bring along a magnet (so you can identify ferrous from non-ferrous metals) and something to put the metal in. Driving or walking around your neighborhood on trash night could bring in some scrapping dough. Once you get the metal home, sort it into different types and take off any screws or attachments. This will make it easier when you take it to sell it.
  • Types of Metals: The metals that will bring back the highest returns are copper wire, brass, stainless steel, aluminium and cans, batteries, electric motors, steel, and cast iron. Another important distinction you will need to determine is if the metal is ferrous or non-ferrous. The difference is that ferrous metals contain iron and non-ferrous do not. This is important because the difference because the price points differ. Both will bring you money but non-ferrous metals will bring you more.
  • Where to go: Metal can be anywhere but a great place to start is in your own neighborhood. Drive or walk on trash night and you will definitely find some metal. The best way to collect is to notice as you are driving around in daily life. If you see metal in the trash pile, it’s yours to scrap. Never go into fenced areas or someone’s backyard. Additionally you can look on social media and selling sites. Sometimes people will list broken appliances as free because they are hoping someone else will take it away. You take it and scrap it.

If you are near St. Louis and want to get into scrap metal recycling contact us.