Learning About Metal Recycling

Learning About Metal Recycling

Demystifying The Common Misconceptions About Scrap Metal Recycling

Barry Mills

If you understand the benefits of metal recycling, you might want to support recycling programs. But before you begin collecting scrap metal for recycling, it is advisable to get all your facts right. So, what common myths have you heard about metal recycling? This piece highlights a few myths and explains why they aren't true.

1. The Bigger the Piece of Metal, the More Money You Get

As with many things in life, it is often assumed that the bigger you get, the better. Unfortunately, the rule doesn't always apply to scrap metal. Different metals have varying demand levels, which means they attract different rates. A huge piece of rusted iron might seem more valuable than a small piece of copper or stainless steel, but this might not always be the case.

Generally, non-ferrous pieces are typically worth more than ferrous metal. When collecting and sorting metal for recycling, consider focusing on quality metal that is worth more to make good money.

2. You Should Not Look at the Condition of the Scrap Metal

Although a recycling company won't turn down your scrap metal regardless of its condition, you are advised to prepare your metal before hauling it to the collection center. So, why is preparing scrap necessary? Sorting metal and removing impurities improves the quality of the metal so you can get more from it.

That said, it is important to take some time to separate non-ferrous from the rest of the collection. Take out plastic and paper that might increase the weight of your collection and lead to more costs associated with removing the impurities. Furthermore, well-sorted scrap metals take less time to evaluate and weigh, ensuring you receive your money without delay.

3. You Can Retrieve Copper By Burning Wires

Some people might encourage you to make work easier by burning copper wires to retrieve precious metals. Unfortunately, this method goes against the rules of environmental conservation. Burning the insulating materials releases harmful fumes into the environment. The process might also lower the quality of copper. Even if you succeed in removing the covering by burning the wires, this is not a great idea. Consider laying them out in the sun to soften the insulation and remove them by hand using relevant tools.

4. Computer Towers Are Harmful

If you want to retrieve your scrap metal from disassembling computers, you could be scared of harming yourself. Some people say that computer towers contain harmful chemicals and materials that can harm you when tearing the components apart. This is not always true; disassembling computers is a relatively safe process that should not harm you if you have the relevant skills.

Scrap metal recycling can be quite rewarding if you do it right. Therefore, don't fall for these misconceptions. Start your recycling journey with facts at hand and find a scrap metal recycling company to work with.


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Learning About Metal Recycling

Hello everyone, my name is Suzi Lanson. Welcome to my site. I want to talk about the different tools and techniques used for metal recycling. The backyard in my first home was a graveyard of broken appliances, tools and tin cans of all sizes. I looked at the collection sitting there in horror at first. A friend pointed out that the piles of garbage were actually a recycling goldmine. We transported the materials to a metal recycling facility and split the cash. I was pleasantly surprised to hear nearly all of the items could be broken down and processed to create new products. I will talk about the metal recycling process in more detail on this site.