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Where Can I Find Scrap Metal?


The scrap metal industry has become a crucial contributor to the reuse/recycle trends of recent decades. In the United States alone, 250 billion pounds of scrap metals are recycled or shipped to other countries for recycling, annually. The reason for the high demand for recycled metals is simple. Reworking used metals for recycling is less expensive than mining and refining new metals. The expensive machinery, plus the substantial manpower, energy, and transport costs needed to convert virgin ores add up to a far greater investment. Metals like copper, aluminum, and stainless steel maintain their properties after multiple recycles. Alloys like bronze or brass can be reborn and used for very specific purposes.

Can You Make Money Recycling Metals?

Though nearly all metals are recyclable, some are worth more than others. The market can be volatile at times so your degree of profitability may depend on timing. Scrap metals are virtually everywhere. Collecting and separating these materials can be profitable. Old appliances, motors, discarded autos, and other equipment contain more than one reusable metal and scrapyards around the country are willing to pay for these. The scrapyards separate the metals by type into transportable bundles to be sold domestically or overseas for recycling into new metals. If you have access to a sufficient volume of used metal materials and can separate it and sort it efficiently, you may be able to earn a profit.

Where Do You Find Scrap Metals for Recycling?

More valuable waste and scrap materials are abundant at construction and demolition sites among other places. Creating a relationship with construction contractors, electricians, plumbers, and demolition companies can provide access to a considerable amount of metal waste. These companies do not always have time to recover the full value of the waste metals and will let someone remove these materials at little or no cost. A demolished building, for example, can contain miles of wiring, aluminum paneling, and steel beams that are recyclable.

The Value of Metal Magnetism: Identifying Scrap Metals

Sometimes used metals are difficult to identify before cleaning and separating. In a pile of mixed scrap metals, it is necessary to identify the metals you have. The first distinction is to determine which metals are ferrous or non-ferrous. Ferrous metals like iron and steel, which usually have lesser value per ton at the scrapyard, are magnetic by nature. Non-ferrous metals such as copper, aluminum, stainless steel, bronze, or brass are not magnetic and do not respond to the attraction of a magnet. Besides ferrous characteristics, you should learn to identify metals in any condition. Some recycled metals demand higher prices per ton than others. As with any commodity, the market value fluctuates based on the current demand and availability. However, sufficient volumes of recyclable metals in pure form, stripped of coating materials, and removed from the housings of their previous uses can yield significant value on the scrap metal market.

Call Mid-Atlantic Waste for Scrap Metal Recycling Equipment

Converting metal scrap into pure metal for recycling requires specialized equipment. Depending upon the types and volumes of raw product you may be handling, Mid-Atlantic Waste sells and supports world-class equipment. From strippers and granulators that separate copper and aluminum from cables and wire coatings to sturdy shears to reduce larger sheets of recyclable metals, Mid-Atlantic Waste has the appropriate equipment for any size job. Mid-Atlantic Waste’s electric motor recycling equipment can cut open the cast-iron or heavy-duty aluminum housings to extract the pure copper wiring within, ready for recycling. Contact a Mid-Atlantic Waste representative to determine what you may need to begin to recycle metal materials profitably!