Scrap metal is generated by the throwing away of items that are no longer operative or wanted. Scrap metal also is generated by industrial processes that leave excess metal during the manufacture of the desired metal part. Scrap metal is not biodegradable, and is thus suited to recycling. Because scrap metal can be used to devise new parts, the scrap can be vended to metal recycling operations. Use these tips to learn how to sort scrap metal.
Take out car batteries and car catalytic converters. They will be accepted by scrap metal recycling companies as whole assemblies.
Separate ferrous from non-ferrous metals. Steel, iron and other ferrous metals are magnetic. If they are small enough and the magnet is big enough, they can be hauled up with a magnet. Larger ferrous pieces are identified by observing that a magnet will stick to these pieces. All ferrous metals will be accepted as one type of item by scrap metal recycling companies.
Discover stainless steel. Stainless steel is weighty and has a dull shine. It may be marginally magnetic in some cases. If the stainless steel has magnetic pull, it must be added to the iron pieces, instead of the stainless steel pieces.
Categorize copper pieces. Copper is frivolous and reddish in color. Copper may become greenish in due course because of corrosion. Copper comes in three grades.
Collect all electrical wiring. This wiring is said to be light copper. Strip any insulation from the wiring with the use of wire strippers. Get rid of the stripped insulation. Some metal recyclers take wire with the insulation on, counting Christmas lights, at an inferior price.
Set all tubing which is considered medium copper apart. Take away any brass fittings from the tubing. Scrap metal recycling companies likely will offer only the lesser price for brass if the copper tubing still has attached brass fittings.
Put aside tanks, like hot water heater tanks. These tanks are considered hefty copper. Remove whatever attached fittings from the tank.
Set aluminum apart. Aluminum is a lightweight metal with a gloomy silver color. Lawn furniture and soda cans are considered light aluminum. Do away with all plastic fittings from fragments of lawn furniture. All other aluminum is considered hefty aluminum.
Aluminum can be further categorized into “clean” and “coated” as some recyclers pay a greater amount for aluminum which isn’t painted or otherwise pre-finished.
Categorize lead. Lead is soft and hefty, and has a dull gray color. Lead is repeatedly used for piping, scuba diving weights as well as fishing plumbs.
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