How To Make Money Recycling Scrap Metal
Many people these days recycle. We usually recycle things like newspapers, paper, plastic bottles, cardboard containers. Some even recycle clothes by sending them to thrift shops and other charities and places like Goodwill. However, very few people think about recycling scarp metal. Did you know that you can even make money recycling scrap metal? Now some of you may even be wondering what is meant by scrap metal. Scrap metal is in fact any metal that is left over from jobs that you or others may have done. These will include copper, iron, aluminum and steel. You can also include brass and wires too.
It is amazing that many people will just throw out these pieces of scrap metal not thinking for a second that they could make money from what they are throwing away. If you can not only keep the earth green by doing this type of recycling but you can also put some green in your pocket. So the first thing you need to do is figure out where you can find scrap metal. First of all you will need a truck to put the scrap metal in. Next you need to load it up with scrap metal. Where would you even find them?
One suggestion is to put out flyers in your neighborhood telling your neighbors that you would be happy to haul away their junk for free. Always look for some metal pieces in their junk. You may just be surprised at how many people may want to get rid of some old exercise equipment or bicycle or lamps that they no longer need. They would love it if you were to take it off their hands. So that is a good start. Another way you can get some scrap metal is to go to the home improvement stores and asking them if they have any scraps left over that nobody wants. They may even be able to sell them to you for really cheap.
You can also look around construction sites. There are many pieces that you may be allowed to take but do ask permission. You do not want to be accused of stealing. They may even be using what you thought was scrap metal. You can also scout around on Craigslist to see if anyone wants to get rid of junk. Also go to machine shops. There may be lots of left over pieces that may be too small to be made use of. Ask the shop owners if you can have them for free or for a small price. You can even go to the junkyards to look for the scrap metals. You may be surprised at what you find. You can even use wires. You will just have to get rid of the plastic outer layer to get to the metal.
The next step is to sell the scrap metal that you have found. So where do you go to sell scrap metal? You can go to a scrap yard that is close to you. Most of these places take scrap metal from construction companies, plumbers and even other industries. However, you can still sell your scrap metal to them even though you are not affiliated with a company. One good thing to do when you go to the scrap yards to sell your scrap metal is to separate the ferrous metals from the non-ferrous metals. So what is the difference? Get a magnet and you will be able to separate the piles quickly and easily.
Anything that is magnetic is considered ferrous. If you do not have a magnet, look on your refrigerator door. Anything that you find sticking to that door is a magnet. You may have a magnetic business card there that you may be able to use. I know that I have tons of magnets on my refrigerator door. So if the magnet does not stick then it is considered non-ferrous.
It is also a good thing to call the scrap yard before going there. They may not take certain metals and you should find that out so that you can remove the metals from your two piles. If you do not know what your metals are, there is an easy way to figure it out. Just look at the color. Copper is of course reddish in color. Copper will bring you the most money. Aluminum is silverish in color. Some gutters and siding are aluminum. Brass is of course yellowish in color. Keys and door handles can be made of brass. Steel is silverish and magnetic. It can also be rusty. Once you have done this, you are ready to make money recycling your scrap metal. The more you have the more money you will make.
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