Scrap metal is one of the most valuable products you can recycle, and it encompasses so many consumer products as well as almost all industries. From appliances to batteries to cans to clothes hangers, metal is everywhere even in our home and workplace. Recycling metal is important not only in keeping a limited supply material out of landfills but also because it can make you money while staying environmentally conscious.
Metal Recycling Preparation
When it comes to scrap metal, the general rule is that a product needs to be at least 50 percent metal so you can be sure that it is safe to be used again and again. Even if that metal is surrounded by other materials like plastic, it’s worth recycling if it’s made mostly out of metal mainly because it is in demand almost everywhere.
If you have products with only a small amount of metal but it’s easy to remove, make sure that you could easily separate the metal without getting it contaminated. For example, a plastic three-ring binder is not scrapped metal, but remove the metal rings because it could be used again.
Scrap metal is classified as either ferrous which contains iron, such as steel and nonferrous. So, you will want to identify whether your metal is ferrous or nonferrous. The way to do this is to carefully organize and categorize using a magnet. Ferrous metals stick to a magnet while nonferrous metals don’t.
You may also use WM’s recycling directory, which is one of the most reliable in the industry, to find a scrap metal recycler, and contact the company or visit its website to find out how much they are willing to pay for it and if there’s a minimum amount of material you need to bring.
Keep in mind that most scrap metal recyclers will require you to bring identification when you ask for a recycle in order to prevent people from stealing scrap metal (e.g., road signs, metal barriers) and selling it for scrap.
Find scrap metal drop-off locations near you using an app which enables recycling locator.
Why Recycle Metal
Metal is also one of the few items that you can regularly recycle for money. However, the catch is you will usually get paid by the pound. This makes it a great fundraising opportunity as well as a perfect project for charities and advocacies.
Nonferrous scrap makes up only 10 percent of the total material recycled in the U.S.; however, it earns more than half of scrap recycling revenue.
Metal is in limited supply, and while we can manufacture more glass and plastic from natural resources, we can’t make more aluminum, copper, and steel.
WM Metals and Alloys processed waste materials on an industrial scale with years of experience and expertise, selling the recovered metals and other raw materials worldwide. The use of recycled materials is environmentally friendly, which significantly reduces mining, environmental pollution, and energy consumption. Depending on the metal in question, the use of recycled metals as raw materials reduces energy consumption up to 60‒95%.
So if you are interested in buying alloy scrap or selling a quantity of alloy scrap, please do not hesitate to contact us at +65 86182069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scrap metal recycling can be a bit confusing for some, especially when you have little to no knowledge when it comes to metals. There are all sorts of different scrap metal classifications, grades, and types of metals that can make things easier if you’re just starting out. While it all seems irrelevant, it’s important to know what type of metal you’re dealing with in order to establish a strong foundation for your business.
Whether you’re building a structure from recycled scrap metal or just trying to recycle some scrap metal for extra cash, knowing scrap metal classification will eventually help you develop your business.
Although scrap metal is often considered waste, it is still a valuable product and a popular commodity to very much all industries. However, before you start recycling, it is essential that you understand the different classifications.
Types of Scrap Metal:
There are numerous types of basic metal and almost thousands when you get down to the nitty-gritty classifications. When you know the types of scrap metal you are dealing with, it’s easier to know what you can and can’t do with it, where it’s commonly found, and what could it bring to the table.
Aluminum is one of the most commonly recycled scrap metals. You can find aluminum in soda cans, food wrap foils, screen door frames, or storm windows—just to name a few items.
Brass is a common metal to find in and around your home. You can find it in places such as your doorknobs, brass-plated crockery, and old bed frames.
If you have many tools, you will find carbide in the tool bits or drill bits. So if you get a new toolset for Father’s Day or just replacing broken pieces, remember that you can recycle them instead of tossing them in the trash.
This is the third most used metal in construction and manufacturing. Copper is highly valuable and sought after. This metal is commonly found in your household plumbing, living room decor, appliances, kitchen sinks, pots, and electronic wiring.
Common household items such as cast iron pots and pans, lawnmowers, swings in your backyard, and iron railings are perfectly acceptable as scrap metal. A lot of outdoor furniture is also commonly made of iron.
This requires so much energy to mine that manufacturers prefer purchasing recycled lead because it saves time and money. It is also a highly toxic metal, so be sure to protect yourself and your surroundings when handling it. Many older houses were made with lead water pipes which need to be replaced as soon as possible, as these are dangerous to your health.
This is used in just about everything, from jewelry to airplanes, and that’s why it’s so valuable. When you have a metal that is so versatile you can use it on a number of projects. It’s also very durable and resistant to corrosion.
Today, WM Metals and Alloys have built recycling expertise over a hundred years. We have excellent material know-how, specialist expertise, and passion for the environment which continues to help develop a more efficient and more precise way of metal scrap recycling. We have also minimized the amount of waste going to landfill — currently able to recycle about 90% of the materials we collect ‒ and in some cases even more.
So whether you need to buy alloy scrap or sell a quantity of alloy scrap, please do not hesitate to contact us at +65 86182069 or email@example.com.