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You'd be surprised what can be sold as scrap metal these days. From old washing machine parts to your rusty old barbecue, scrap metal dealers can make a living from the things you no longer need or that are past their useful life. Whether you are decluttering at home or in the garden, or you are thinking about collecting up scrap metal yourself and making some money, this article will tell you which scrap metals are worth their weight in cash.
What Is Scrap Metal?
Scrap metal is metal that can be turned into something else. Although many people think of scrap metal as just junk with no further use or any value, the scrap metal business is one that is booming in all corners of the world. Metal is the perfect material for recycling and means we depend less on mining new metals and damaging the environment unnecessarily. Unlike paper or plastic, metal does not degrade during the recycling process and can also be bonded with other metals to make it more robust.
What Do Scrap Dealers Accept?
Most scrap yards accept all types of scrap metal and will either proceed to turn this into another product themselves or pass it on to manufacturers to create new products or materials. Other metal yards may only specialise in one particular type of metal. There are a number of items you can take along to scrap metal dealers, and you may not know if it will be accepted until you get there. However, common items include car parts, clothes driers, barbecues, old appliances and scaffolding poles that are no longer useful.
The Difference Between Ferrous And Non-Ferrous Metals
Non-ferrous metals are all metals other than steel and iron. Included in this category are brass, zinc, copper, titanium, chromium and aluminium. This type of scrap metal is recovered in its tons every year and passed on to smelters, fabricators, ingot makers and foundries.
Ferrous metals are steel and iron based metals that may include items from ships, railroad tracks, household appliances or food packaging.
Where To Take Your Scrap Metal
If you have scrap metal that you need to get rid of, recycling it at a scrap metal dealers will ensure your metal is turned into something else more useful. In recycling your scrap metal you will be helping the manufacturing industry to reduce the impact that mining for new metals has on the environment. You may also make yourself a profit in the process.