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How to Recycle Scrap Metal and Make Money on It


Indeed, we all know the significance of recycling items that seems to be useless for many people like plastic bottles, used clothes, and newspapers. When it comes to recycling, especially metals, we do not only reduce garbage that’ll go to the landfill but also can make a handsome amount of money from it.

We specifically talk about scrap metal recycling because it has been really a section that is considered by people in order to make quick money. Moreover, scrap metal exports are one of the largest in the United States as it also helps to reduce the amount of ore mining throughout the world. The metal types include copper, aluminum, steel, brass, iron and more.

Since due to the lack of knowledge, these materials often end up in the garbage, our blog post aims to educate you about the opportunity to bring your unused metal items to the right place for recycling and avail easy money from it. 

  • Recycling Scrap Metal Makes Money

People might think, it’s hard to make money from scrap but maybe they don’t know that most scrap metal can be recycled for cash payments at transmetal.

Transmetal deals with customers in industries that handle metal daily. For example, a construction company may have tons of steel and their electricians may have old wires and electrical equipment that need to be disposed of to make their property clean. Nevertheless, homeowners and individuals can also take benefits from our site as well.

  • A Magnet Assesses Metal Value

In order to bring metal for recycling, you must know whether you have a ferrous or non-ferrous metal. Separating the two types of metal is essential. So the best and stressless way to figure out the type of metal you own is by using a magnet. 

So, if the magnet sticks to a metal, it means you have a ferrous and if it does not catch the metal then the result would be the opposite. The scrapyard may accept your ferrous metal but keep in mind it generally does not value higher as compare to non-ferrous.

The reason non-ferrous is more valuable because it includes, copper, brass, stainless steel, aluminum, and bronze. 

Once you have your metals separated, simply search for a local scrap yard and it’s better to call them first to know what type of metals they accept. You can know about the Transmetal terms on our website and we’ll tell you what we accept along with our procedures and requirements. But in case if you select other sources, make sure to ask them their procedure, so you may know before you go! 

Know Your Metals

  • Copper – (The Expensive One)

Copper metal is generally reddish when in good condition or can be a darker brown while in bad condition. Copper can be found in your homes at plumbing pipes, roofing materials, and electrical wires

  • Aluminum 

Mostly, you may found aluminum as painted with different colors, but when it’s original, it has a whitish/silver color. It can also bend easily if it is thin. A common example of Aluminium is cold drink cans.

  • Brass

Brass contains yellowish color and it’s actually heavy. Brass can be normally found in keys, door handles and it also used in plumbing fixtures as well. You can get a mid-level priced at a scrap yard as it’s quite heavy in weight.

  • Steel 

We all can recognize steel as it often rusts easily and a magnet will stick to it. Since it’s one of the most common metals, you can find in many places, from your car to chairs, cabinets, and way more. 

Since it’s cheaper, you’re not going to make much money from it unless you have thousands of pounds of it. It’s good to store it because steel is still one of the most recycled materials. 

Final Thoughts

The scrap metal business is simple! A yard will buy scrap metal for one price and then sell it on in bulk for a profit. That metal is then shipped off around the world to be processed reused and eventually turned into cars washing machines and TVs. These products might someday find their way back to the scrap label and they will melt it out there into ingots and it comes back into the country.

Astha is an experienced Content Writer and Blogger in Blockchain, Tech, Fashion and eCommerce field with a successful track record of working in Creative Content Writing, Public Relations and Growth planning.

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