If you have old items made of metal lying around, you may be wondering how to dispose of them. Did you know that you can sell most items made of metals as scrap metal for recycling? It’s a great way to dispose of your unwanted metal items, help the environment and make some cash for yourself in the process!
So, what is scrap metal anyway? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you all about it, and we have compiled a list of examples of scrap metal to help you figure out what can make you some extra cash today!
What is Scrap Metal?
To start, scrap metal is exactly what it sounds like. Scrap metal is any used metal or metallic materials that can be recycled. Odds are you have at least one item of scrap metal laying around the house right now. If you have a business, there’s probably scrap metal there, too.
Scrap metal can be taken to a recycling center in exchange for money. The prices will cry based on supply and demand for the specific metals that you have to recycle.
Types of Scrap Metal
If you’re wondering what types of metals you can turn into scrap metal, there are two main categories, ferrous and non-ferrous.
Ferrous metals are the most common scrap metals that are recycled. To figure out if you have a ferrous metal is easy. Is it magnetic? Then it’s a ferrous metal. Non-magnetic? Then it’s non-ferrous. Typically, ferrous scrap metal is iron-based. Your refrigerator is most likely ferrous scrap metal.
Non-ferrous metals are the opposite of ferrous metals. They are non-magnetic. So, any recyclable scrap metal you have that isn’t magnetic is considered non-ferrous. Examples of non-ferrous scrap metal are aluminum, copper, brass and stainless steel.
Examples of Scrap Metal
You probably have at least a few items around your house that can be turned in as scrap metal. Here are some examples of scrap metal that you can recycle. Most kitchen items are ferrous (think whatever you have magnets on at home) and can be taken in as scrap metal to most scrap yards.
The majority of your kitchen appliances are made of ferrous materials. As we mentioned earlier, if it’s magnetic, it’s ferrous. Next time you’re upgrading your kitchen, don’t just put the old appliance out on the curb, scrap it! Better to make some cash off of it, right? Examples of scrap metal appliances:
Pots & Pans
If you have aluminum or cast iron pots and pans you’d like to get rid of, they can be scrapped, as well. Instead of throwing them in the trash, take them to a scrap metal place for some extra dough to use towards your new set!
Sinks and Faucets
When you update your bathroom, keep the faucet and sink to scrap. Stainless steel sinks are accepted at most scrap yards, and so are brass faucets. Much better than the metals ending up in a landfill.
Copper Piping and Tubes
Anything with copper in it can be taken to a scrap metal place, and you’d be surprised how much of it you probably have laying around the house. Water piping is typically made from copper, and there is surely a lot of that in your kitchen and bathroom. During your remodel, put all your copper pipes with the sinks and faucets to take in as scrap metal.
Insulated Copper Wire
Insulated copper wire is everywhere. It is also one of the most common examples of scrap metal. Copper will get you the most bang for your buck at a scrap yard, and it is found in most of your cables and chargers you have laying around the house. Don’t throw that broken phone charger away! Hang onto it and when you have a sufficient amount, take them in to be recycled.
Cars and Car Parts
Another lucrative example of scrap metal is anything car related. Cars are made of metal, right? The majority of the parts inside a car and the car itself can be turned in as scrap. Before you go in to scrap the whole car, it’s important to follow some guidelines to ensure they’ll accept it.
You’ll need to drain the car of all fluids before taking it in for scrap. You should also separate the ferrous and non-ferrous parts as best you can. The non-ferrous pieces will be worth more money, but not if you scrap the car as a whole.
Scrapping the entire car should only be done if it can’t be used anymore. It probably won’t get you a lot of cash, but it’s better than nothing or keeping it around taking up space. You can also turn in old car batteries as scrap metal when you replace them.
Aluminum is one of the best examples of scrap metal. You can basically recycle any and all aluminum products. If you’re a big soda drinker, you should save the cans to take them to your nearest scrap metal place for cash at the end of the month. Other examples of aluminum scrap metal include:
· Sheet aluminum
· Car rims
· Aluminum cans (like soda cans and vegetable cans)
If you have old jewelry laying around that you are fine to part with, scrap that too! You can scrap most jewelry and accessories made of precious metals including:
· Money Clips
· Cuff Links
· And more
To sum it up, there are many items that can be recycled as scrap metal. Using this list of scrap metal items for reference will help you get started on your recycling journey. Not only is it good for the environment to turn your unwanted items in for scrap, you’ll earn extra cash in the process! If you have items you’re unsure about, you can always contact your local scrap yard to see what they take. Happy scrapping!