As natural resources are depleted, the need for recycled material increases. Creating products from recycled material is often more cost effective for businesses, and recycling facilities across the United States are willing to pay for scrap metal. Businesses and individual collectors can collect scrap metal and turn it into these facilities for cash. However, collecting and recycling the scrap takes a little know-how.
Finding Scrap Metal
Businesses and individuals can recycle items containing mostly metal for scrap. Businesses can often collect unwanted objects from their offices or clients to recycle. For example, plumbers, home contractors and carpenters come across used appliances, old metal piping and other bits of metal they can recycle.
Individuals can collect bicycles, metal tools or appliances to recycle. Recycling facilities will accept most any object as long as it does not contain dangerous chemicals.
Making the Most Profit
Urban areas may have several scrap metal recycling centers. Businesses and individuals should shop around at all of their local centers before deciding on a facility to use for recycling. Some facilities may offer a higher price than others, and some facilities may accept different kinds of metal. For example, most facilities accept aluminum and cooper whereas specialized facilities also accept chromium and tungsten.
Storing and Recycling
Businesses and individuals need a place to store scrap metal. Having a storage area will cut down on the amount of trips to the recycling facility. Businesses can store scrap metal in unused warehouse space. Individuals can rent a storage locker or make use of unused garage or attic space in their homes. To make the process more efficient, those in charge should create a schedule. For example, a business can collect metal four days a week and visit the recycling center once a week on the same day.
Collecting scrap metal can pose a safety risk. Metal objects can have sharp points or jagged edges. Many appliances often collect rust, which can get into cuts on the skin and cause an infection. Anyone collecting scrap metal should wear protective clothing, eye goggles and thick gloves. After collection, collectors should wash their hands and arms with soap and water to remove any chemical residue they may have come into contact with.