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Tips to Follow When Recycling Scrap Metal

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips to Follow When Recycling Scrap Metal

If you have scrap metal, such as from old copper pipes or automobile parts, you have the option of recycling that metal. This can not only provide you with some extra cash, but it is very helpful to the environment. Here are some tips to follow when recycling scrap metal. Take Time to Prep the Scrap Metal There are many recycling centers that have strict rules about the types of metal you bring into their recycling center and what form the materials need to be in. Some of them will require all different metal components are taken apart, such as pulling insulation out of copper wiring, and separating two parts that are still connected together. It is worth calling the recycling center beforehand to find out exactly what rules they have in regards to preparing the scrap metal for recycling. Consider Different Places to Find the Metal There are actually many different places you can find scrap metal in order to recycle it. First check around your house for metal items you no longer have a use for. You might have old grills for a barbecue that is trashed, or small kitchen appliances with metal components that you need to dispose of. Old car batteries can sometimes be taken to scrap metal places, in addition to things like shower accessories, plumbing pipes, and taps all made of metal or steel. Vehicles are common places to find scrap metal, including in the body, under the hood, and sometimes in the electronic components inside the vehicle. Get the Most Profit Possible If you are not only recycling scrap metal because of the environment but to make some emergency cash, then getting the most profit is going to make a difference to you. To start with, call different recycling centers to ask how much they will offer for different types of metal. They likely have certain types of scrap metal that is higher in demand, such as copper pipes or items made of solid steel. You may also find that one recycling center will take all your old appliances, but others want the vehicle-related metal. This might mean bringing different items to different recycling centers. Be Safe When Collecting Metal If you don’t already have the metal on hand and are actually collecting it, you need to be careful doing so. Looking for salvaged metal in your home can sometimes be a dangerous process depending on where it is...

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The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Dealing in Scrap Metal

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Dealing in Scrap Metal

Recycling scrap metal is a good way to protect the environment, as it can be very disturbing to the ground to extract virgin materials. Dealing in scrap metal may also mean earning money from a local scrap yard, but you might note a few commonly asked questions about the process first. Be sure you cover these with any scrap yard before you decide to visit them with a truck full of scrap so there are no surprises once you arrive. 1. Why aren’t prices for metals easily found online and elsewhere? Metal is like any other natural commodity in that its value will fluctuate every single day, based on its overall supply and a number of other factors. This is why scrap yards rarely post prices online, although some might post what they are paying for certain metals for that day. This can make it more difficult for you to plan when you’re going to bring your scrap metal to a recycling center, but not knowing the prices or value well in advance is somewhat standard in the industry. 2. Do scrap yards buy cars? This will of course vary according to each scrap yard, but be prepared to be told by many yards that whole cars are not accepted. One reason for this is to cut down on the risk of stolen cars being sold to a scrap yard, but another reason is that many recycling centers don’t have the tools and materials needed to actually take apart an entire car. There are many that will still buy individual car parts such as catalytic converters, quarter panels, doors, and the like. However, some scrap yards will take an entire car if you have proof of ownership and if they work as an auto parts junkyard as well. If you’re thinking of investing in a tow truck or in reselling junked cars, call local scrap yards and ask before making any assumptions about recycling entire cars. 3. What is E-scrap? If you see the term “E-scrap” when looking into metal recycling, note that this refers to electronic pieces that contain recyclable materials. Often this will include CPU towers and internal circuit boards and other such computer pieces. However, be sure you ask a scrap yard what they accept by way of E-scrap. Some will not take items like printers and keyboards because they don’t have enough actual metal inside. These items might be recycled by an electronics store but not always accepted by a metal scrap yard, so don’t assume that E-scrap means every piece of electronic...

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Simple Guidelines on Sorting Scrap Metal for Recycling

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Simple Guidelines on Sorting Scrap Metal for Recycling

The process of recycling scrap metal is highly beneficial for the environment. This practice contributes to significant resource savings because less energy is required in recycling when compared to processing virgin ores. This also minimises mining wastes, reduces air and water pollution and decreases the rate of raw material depletion. In addition, you can make some money by selling valuable metal pieces to scrap yards. If you are thinking about presenting your residential or commercial scrap metal to recyclers, you should learn how to sort different types of metal. This will make weighing of each individual metal easier and you may get a larger payout for your trouble. Here are some simple guidelines to help you sort out the pieces: Magnet Testing The metal recycling industry deals with a wide variety of metals therefore the sorting task can be overwhelming. You can simplify the work by separating the scrap into their two main categories: ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Ferrous scrap refers to all metals with iron and the latter do not contain any iron. Generally, non-ferrous metals are more valuable so you can get more for them after sorting. Acquire a good magnet, test the scrap pieces in sequence and separate those that stick and those which do not. The ferrous metals are those attracted to magnets and they are typically found in large quantities in homes and commercial spaces. Sorting Non-Ferrous Metals Non-ferrous metals are not physically similar so you can identify and sort relatively efficiently by sight. Common metals in this category include copper, aluminium and brass. Copper scrap is usually in form of wires, electronic components and even cookware. You will recognize the material by the red or brown colour as well as green if the material is oxidised. Brass is an alloy of copper and you will find it in form of items such as pipe valves, door knobs and cabinet handles. If you find a yellowish metal in your pile, it is brass unless you have some scrap gold. Aluminium is a lightweight metal which is not susceptible to rust. It will appear silver in colour and is commonly found as foil and soda cans. You should also note that stainless steel is silver-coloured and non-magnetic but it is notably heavier than aluminium. Sorting Ferrous Metals Iron and steel scrap is often rust-coloured so the material can be put together for recycling. Lead is dark-grey and heavy therefore put lead batteries and similar materials separately. Finally, tin is relatively light and makes a crackling sound when bent. Try contacting a company such as Sydney Copper Recycling to learn more if you have other...

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4 Common Questions People Ask Scrap Metal Buyers

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Common Questions People Ask Scrap Metal Buyers

When you are about to enter the scrap metal business in order to make some extra money, then you will need to fortify your knowledge to maximise your profit margin. So to help you achieve your goals, here are some of the most common questions that scrap metal buyers are asked by prospective scrap collectors. 1. What Is a Weighbridge? A weighbridge is one of the main ways in which a scrap metal buyer determines the accurate weight of your scrap metal. Weighbridges are calibrated through the use of a computer for the best accuracy, and they are commonly used when you are bringing a heavy load of scrap metal. Each type of metal you bring is weighed individually, and the weight in kilos is pegged against the current price for the metal. Keep in mind that scrap metal prices, like the prices of stock, can change on a daily or weekly basis, so the price your friend got one day, may not be valid on the day you sell your scrap metal. 2. What Is Non-Ferrous Scrap Metal? When a buyer talks about non-ferrous scrap metal, he is referring to any scrap metal that has no iron. Examples of these types of scrap metal include, copper, lead, nickel, tin, brass and aluminum. Many scrap metal buyers prefer non-ferrous metal, because it is much easier to recycle, as it doesn’t contain iron, which is a hard metal that is difficult to break down. In addition, non-ferrous metal is far less prone to rust or corrode, so buyers know they can buy this kind of scrap metal without worrying about a great deal of wear and tear. 3. Can I Sell My Old Car for Scrap Metal?  Yes, and this is one of the most overlooked ways to make money. Old vehicles are full of non-ferrous metal, especially copper and aluminum. Copper wiring from electrical components in your vehicle such as the radiator, battery, starter and alternator, can be sold for scrap, as can aluminum parts such as rims, bumpers, quarter panels and internal pistons. 4. Where Can I Go To Find Reputable Buyers? One of the best resources you can use to find scrap metal buyers is the Australian Metal Recycling Industry Association website. This site offers you a listing of scrap metal buyers in South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia, New South Wales, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory. You will find a wide range of buyers like West Coast Metals on this site, including commercial scrap buyers who only deal with volume...

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Understanding the Step-by-step Process of Scrap Metal Recycling

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Selling your scrap metal to a scrap metal recycler (such as Raw Metal Corp) is more than just a means of making some extra cash; it is also your way of contributing towards eco-friendly management of waste material. However, you might not know the processes that your scrap metal is taken through before it is transformed into raw material for used for making new metal products such as auto body parts, cooking pans, railway tracks, and insulated roof panels. Because of that, the following points will explain to you some of the key steps involved in the process of scrap metal recycling. Step 1: Sorting Most of the time, scrap metal arrives in recycling plants as junk, which comprises a range of different metal elements including iron, aluminium, steel, tin, brass, and copper mixed together with other non-metal materials. Therefore, the very first thing that recyclers do is to separate the various metal elements from the rest of the junk.  That can be easily achieved using crane-trucks attached with large magnets since most metals have magnetic properties. Step 2: Crushing Large metal crushers are used to break down scrap metal into smaller sizes so that constituent metal elements can be separated. Likewise, impurities such as plastic, rubber, wood, and glass are crushed so small that they can also be easily taken out. Step 3: Shredding Shredding of scrap metal occurs after it has been crushed. In essence, involves cutting and pressing of thicker scrap metal. It allows the metal to be broken down into small pieces or sheets to increase the ease with which it is processed further. The reduced size is important because it provides a large surface area requisite for energy-efficient melting of metal. While aluminium can be rolled into sheets, you will have to make blocks or ingots when dealing with steel. Step 4: Melting To melt metal, a large furnace is utilised because of the high temperatures required to convert them from solid to molten state. Every metal element is put in a specially built furnace according to the chemical properties of the element. At this stage, large quantities of energy may be consumed. Nonetheless, the amount of energy consumed to melt scrap metal is still lower than that used to process mined metal elements. Step 5: Purification The final step involved in the recycling of scrap metal is its purification. The superheated metal is purified using different electrolytic methods. The purified metal is then hauled to metal mills as sheets or blocks ready to be converted into brand new metal...

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