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Scrap Metal: Recycling Isn’t Only For Plastic

August 29, 2021

Recycling is one of the many ways that the human race can work together to preserve our planet. Some of the most common materials recycled are plastic, glass, cardboard, paper, and metal. Recycling metal for scrap has gained a great deal of attention and popularity within the last decade. Recycling isn’t just for plastic anymore, and here’s why metal specifically is a top recyclable material.

Environmental Benefits

There are many “green” reasons for recycling scrap metal. It can prevent landfills from being overstuffed as quickly. Earth’s natural resources can be better preserved and be used for a lot longer. Emissions that would be put out and energy that would be used by the manufacturing of metal products can be reduced greatly when recycled metal is used in place of fresh material. These are just a few of the ways that recycling metal can help the environment. 

Monetary Benefits

Did you know that you can earn as much from recycling scrap metal as you could from working a part-time job? There’s a lot of work to be put into the process if you plan to make a steady income from it. However, scrapping metal can be rewarding, even if you only have a few items to sell to a recycler.

Examples of Scrap Metal Items

If you have old appliances that no longer function properly such as a dishwasher, refrigerator, or hot water heater, you could put a little cash in your pocket by scrapping them for the metal. The same goes for smaller appliances like microwaves and window AC units or space heaters. There are many items that will add up to a good profit if you can bring all of your items to the scrap location near you. Other possible scrap items that you might have laying around at home include:

  • Old electronics and computer parts
  • Cast iron cookware, furniture, or decor
  • Silverware or cookware
  • Broken appliances
  • Outdoor grills and metal lawn furniture
  • Exercise and lawncare equipment
  • Old batteries (for a car or boat)
  • Metal siding or sheet metal

This is in no way an all-inclusive or complete list. These are just a few possibilities of the scrap metals around your home that can be recycled. Be warned, though: scrapping metal for a profit has gained a negative stigma because of theft activity. Check with the local scrap locations near you for regulations and to see what each location will accept.

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