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4 Scrap Metal Recycling Tips

Recycling is a great way to help save the environment. You prevent items from ending up in the landfill, and you reduce your environmental impact. You probably already have an abundance of scrap metal materials at your home which can be recycled, you just have to know where to look.

Finding scrap

One of the easiest ways to recycle is to find scrap metal. You can find scrap metal in various appliances along with metal tools, bicycles, cookware and even metal piping. Building materials, fencing and garden implements are also great sources of scrap metal. Locating such scrap can be a time-consuming process but once it is done, it will helpful for you to sell it to scrapyards for recycling purposes.

Separating scrap

Once you have gathered your scarp metals, don’t just take it all to one junkyard. Spend some time separating different kinds of metals. For instance, instead of selling the whole kitchen appliance to one junkyard, separate the aluminum and steel from it and sell it off separately. Separating your metals will mean you make more profit. You can sell copper wires and electric motors separately as well to places which offer better prices.

Collecting cans is also a great way to raise money. If you would like to raise money for a charity or school, do a can drive to collect as many cans as possible.

Talking to scrap yards

Contact your local scrap yards to find which metals they specialize in. Doing your homework will mean you find the locations which offer the best returns for your scrap metal. Prices will vary from one place to the next, so doing your research can help to improve your profit margins.

Safety precautions with scrap metal collection

Collecting scrap metal can be a dangerous pursuit and you will need to wear protective gear such as gloves and goggles. Always be up to date on your tetanus shots just in case you get injured by rusty metal. When you are done handling scrap metal, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly.

Collecting and recycling scrap metal can help to save the environment and earn you some extra income. If you are a regular visitor to the wrecking yards in Sydney then you can help to recycle metal and reduce your carbon footprint.

Do you recycle scrap metal? If you have some tips to share, please add them in the comments below.


Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives in a tiny town with a fat cat and a very bad dog.

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