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Be Strategic In Your Timing When Taking Scrap Metal to the Scrap Yard

Posted by on Feb 16th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Be Strategic In Your Timing When Taking Scrap Metal to the Scrap Yard

Selling scrap metal is a great way that can earn you some extra money. For this reason, you need to consider various factors when choosing a scrap yard to take your scrap metals. Even after sorting out your metals and finding out the best scrap yard for your scrap metals based on such things as prices, location, and reputation among others, it is important to be strategic in your timing when taking your scrap metals to the salvage or scrap yard. Understanding the operation of the scrap yard can help you know the best timing, but the following are good places to start.   Timing within the Week You will want to take your scrap metal to the yard at a time when not so many people are being attended to. Since scrap metal price are prone to fluctuations, having so many people selling their scrap metal at the same time may affect the prices.  You also don’t want to take too long in the yard. For such reasons, the weekends may not be the best times to visit the yard because so many people are likely to be free and would, therefore, be bringing in their scrap. For this reason, probably the best possible time to take your scrap metal to the yard would be midweek (Tuesdays to Thursdays) because Mondays could be busy as people drop off their loads before heading to work, while on Fridays, they could be collecting all their scrap metals to bring in. Timing within the Month It may be difficult to determine the exact time to scrap within the month based on the operations of the yard. However, keep in mind that at the beginning or end of the month, there are high chances of renters moving in or out. For this reason, it can be a good idea to scrap around such times when people may no longer be in need of stuff such as bed frames or shelves among others. Timing within the Year It will prove really difficult finding scrap metals or even the best prices for the metals during winter. This is because winter is a time when the construction industry slows down, reducing the demand for steel and other metals. For this reason, prices will drop as well. Warmer months would be ideal, especially because of the increase in construction activity. Since new repairs or projects would have to be held off during winter, you may benefit more by scraping as much as possible during...

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Maximizing the Value of Scrap Metal for Recycling: 3 Copper Cleaning Tips to Follow

Posted by on Nov 16th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Maximizing the Value of Scrap Metal for Recycling: 3 Copper Cleaning Tips to Follow

Australians are not the best at recycling metal. Of the 48 million tonnes of metal waste produced between 2006 and 2007, only 52% was recycled. By recycling metal, you can not only help save the environment by reusing valuable resources, but you can also recoup some of the expenses that went into purchasing the metal in the first place. When recycling scrap metal, you can easily maximize the value of the copper by cleaning it before taking it to the scrap yard. Here’s 3 copper cleaning tips that are easy to follow. Avoid Using Abrasive Cleaners or Steel Wool Although it may be tempting to use abrasive cleaners and steel wool to clean any scrap copper you have lying around, hold in that urge and do the job properly by using a soft cloth. Abrasive cleaners include any and all detergents that contain alkaline-based, ammonia-based or acidic-based cleaners. These cleaners will eat away at the outer layer of the copper, and the steel wool will scratch the surface of the copper. This will expose underlying copper to the elements, which can cause it to easily rust. Never Use an Open Fire to Burn Insulation Off of Copper You might find some old copper pieces, like copper wire, lying around covered in insulation. Removing the insulation and the contaminants from the copper can easily improve its overall value. Insulation on copper wires or other copper pieces should either be manually stripped off using a razor blade or burned away with an approved incinerator. It’s important that you never use an open fire to burn insulation off of copper. Open fire will result in relatively low-temperature burning. The temperature is too low to burn off the insulation and the contaminants on the copper. Instead, it will release pollutants, like dioxins, furans, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, into the surrounding air, water and soil. These pollutants are toxic and can be harmful to human health. Separate the Copper by Grade Another nifty trick is to separate the copper collected by grade. Although you are not technically cleaning off contaminants or dirt particles from the surface of the copper pieces, separating the copper into its respective grade and quality levels reduces the workload of the recycling centers. As a result, most recycling centers are more than happy to pass on these savings to you. If you fail to separate the copper by grade, you’ll usually get paid for the lowest quality copper in your entire load. This can shave off a good amount of the actual value of the scrap copper collected. Conclusion Recycling metal is beneficial for not only the environment, but also to your wallet. If you have the time, clean up the copper pieces before dropping them off with the metal recycling company. You’ll be surprised at how much more you’ll be compensated for each load that you bring...

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Things To Know About Scrap Metal Buyers

Posted by on Apr 27th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are a number of common items around your house, or in a junkyard that could earn you money if you are enterprising, and willing to put in the work. Most of these items can be sold to scrap metal buyers, who specialize in re-selling these items to wholesale dealers. If you’re thinking about entering the scrap metal business for profit, here are some of the important things to know about how scrap metal is defined, and what scrap metal buyers are looking to buy from you. TYPES OF SCRAP METAL Before diving into the items you can sell to scrap metal buyers, it’s instructive to explain the difference between the two main categories of metals that you can sell:  non-ferrous and ferrous. The word ‘ferrous’ refers to whether the metal contains iron, and most scrap metal buyers are looking for non-ferrous metal, because it is easier for them to re-sell, easier to reshape for other uses and less dense than metal that contains iron. Common examples of non-ferrous metals are brass, copper, lead, nickel, tin and aluminum. Non-ferrous metals can often be find around your home, especially in old electronic devices such as computers, radios and appliances. And because they don’t have iron, non-ferrous metals are much less resistant to rust, which means that they require less cleaning and polishing than ferrous metals. Ferrous metals contain iron and typically come in large sizes that are used in construction bridges and commercial buildings. Common examples of ferrous metals are carbon steel, stainless steel, cast iron and wrought iron. Ferrous metals are very heavy and prone to rust and corrosion because of the carbon that is used in the manufacturing process. Ferrous metals are also highly magnetized, which makes them useful when used to build items such as motors. Ferrous scrap metal doesn’t command as much money as non-ferrous metal, because ferrous scrap metal is plentiful and much easier to acquire than non-ferrous scrap metal. In general, you won’t have access to ferrous scrap metal, so stick to non-ferrous to maximize your profitability. COMMON TYPES OF SCRAP METAL YOU CAN SELL Motor Vehicle Parts — If you have an old car that no longer runs or is not road-worthy, or you have access to a junkyard, you could find a treasure trove of metal to sell to scrap metal buyers. Old cars are sought after because they contain valuable scrap metal such as copper and aluminum. The electrical system of a car, which includes the starter, alternator and batteries are filled with copper, as are the electrical wiring that connects these components. Old vehicles also feature quite a bit of aluminum, another valuable scrap metal that you can sell. Items that contain aluminum are quarter panels, bumpers, rims, engine blocks and radiators. Electronics — Your household electronic items can be sold as scrap metal as well. For example, hard drives contain a lot of aluminum and are a good item to sell, laptops contain motherboards and CPUs that are made from aluminum and copper, keyboards have copper wiring that will fetch some money and PC towers have motherboards, power supplies and hard drives that contain copper and aluminum that is can be sold. For more information, check out companies such as West Coast...

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3 Environmental Benefits of Recycling Scrap Metal

Posted by on Apr 14th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Recycling scrap metals has long been understood to be beneficial to the environment, indeed, many countries have, for many decades, established infrastructure to allow this. As metal is a material that is used in numerous construction projects, if people and businesses did not recycle, it would have severely depleted the natural components required to make these materials. This article looks at some of the benefits to the environment gained by recycling scrap metal. Recycling Protects Landfill Sites Landfill areas are not good for the environment, or the people living in close approximation to them. Unwanted goods are routinely dumped there, and buried under the ground. The condition and quality of the earth around these sites can become deteriorated to the point that it can become toxic, preventing the earth from ever recovering. This effectively cuts of large areas of land from being used to grow food, while the population of the world is always increasing. In addition to this, these toxins can become airborne, and can cause pollution in the air. This is not healthy for the people who are forced to live close to landfill sites. Recycling scrap metal avoids having thousands of items put into landfill sites, protects the earth, and cuts down on the harm done to those who live close to landfill areas. Recycling Reduces Greenhouse Gasses & Energy Use Manufacturing metal from virgin ores is a long and energy intensive process. There are usually many stages involved in making metal, and some of them include using vast amounts of energy or heat to manufacture them. Multiply this many times over for all the plants across the globe that prepare new metal, and a clearer picture is gained regarding the gasses and energy needed to manufacture them. In many cases, the newly manufactured metal has got to be transported long distances to its destination, meaning more emissions from the vehicles used to do the transporting. Recycling metal so it can be reused dramatically cuts down on these types of emissions and energy use. Recycling Protect Natural Resources A metal that is newly manufactured requires the use of virgin ores mined from the earth. Large amounts of ores are required to make new metals, and this can rapidly deplete the earth’s inventory of such ores. It is important to preserve these ores for future generations, and recycling scrap metal can help to do this. Every piece of metal that is reused or recycled means that virgin ores are not required to be mined to replace the metal. Recycling facilities are now common in places such as supermarkets, meaning that it is easy for the average person to recycle any scrap metal. Learn more ways you can recycle by consulting resources such as Raw Metal...

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