5 Tips on Metal Recycling (Hint: It’s Not All Cans)

dreamstime m 15347380You’re probably already in the habit of recycling your aluminum cans after finishing a beverage.

But, did you know that there are so many other opportunities to recycle metal? It’s as easy as looking around your home for unused objects and visiting a scrap yard.

Finding alternative ways to reuse metal is important as it helps reduce ore drilling. Unfortunately, many are unaware of the uses of scrap metal.

This is why we did a little research. Read below for 5 tips on metal recycling that are convenient and can even make you a buck or two at the scrap yard.

1. Ferrous vs. Non-Ferrous Metal

Before taking your metal to the scrap yard, you should determine if it’s ferrous or non-ferrous.

Ferrous metal is the more common type of metal. Likely, the object is steel or iron, which isn’t worth as much as non-ferrous metal.

The easiest way to distinguish between the two is by seeing if a magnet sticks. If a magnet sticks to the metal, it’s ferrous. If it doesn’t, consider it non-ferrous.

Both are accepted and recycled properly at scrap yards. But, it’s good to have the two separated because non-ferrous metal is much more valuable.

2. Hire Help

Are you going to be moving homes or undergoing some serious spring cleaning? Hire a metal recycling specialist to help identify what can be recycled.

Some service providers will come in and manually remove the items for you (with your approval, of course).

Or, you can hire a service, such as Fast Skip Bins, to recycle the items yourself.

3. Look Beyond The Surface

Often, small metal appliances and objects that can be recycled are overlooked. They can be found when cleaning your home or office.

Look for old brass within hardware. Think keys, zippers, light fixtures, door knobs, faucets, and locks.

Also, there are plenty of recyclable aluminum items beyond beverage cans. You can recycle gutters, siding, nails, staples, and some pots and pans.

Lastly, don’t forget about steel- one of the most popular metals. Kitchen appliances, food cans, and some screws and nuts are common examples.

4. Safety First

Metal recycling can pose a risk of safety because it collects rust and/or can have rough edges.

Metal can cause cuts and scrapes leading you to a risk of infection. To prevent this, make sure you are taking safety precautions when sorting.

We recommend at least wearing thick gloves to prevent you from cutting your hands. Also, it’s wise to wear eye goggles.

5. Browse Between Metal Recycling Facilities

Most people will typically have several locations they can visit to recycle items. You should definitely do your research before handing over your metal.

Some facilities will pay you more for your donations than others. Call or browse online to compare payment options.

Also, some facilities only accept or focus heavily on certain types of metal. You should ensure your local facility accepts the type of metal you wish to recycle.

By recycling our metal items, we’re reducing landfill waste and making the most of natural resources.

Do you have any tips/suggestions for how you recycle your metal? Share in the comment section below or contact us!