The Modern Rules of Scrap Metal Recycling

Metal is one of the few items that you can actually recycle and earn some money. That makes scrap metal recycling an excellent solution for not only reducing the amount of trash that goes into a landfill, but can also get you a little extra money at the same time.

There are, however, a few rules to keep in mind when it comes to preparing your metal scrap for recycling. The most general rule is that at least 50 percent of the product needs to be metal–even if that metal is surrounded by plastic or another type of material. Do you have products with only a small amount of metal that can be easily removed? Then separate that metal and it can be added to your scrap.

All scrap metal is classified as either ferrous or nonferrous. Ferrous metals can stick to a magnet and usually contain iron, such as steel. Nonferrous metals won’t stick to a magnet. You’ll want to make sure that you separate your metals according to the standards of the metal scraper with which you work.

Keep in mind; most recyclers will require you to bring identification with you when you go to recycle your metal. This is to help prevent people from stealing other people’s metal, such as road signs or metal barriers, and trying to sell it as scrap.



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