Scrap metal recycling can be a good way to make a bit of money from the scrap that is produced at your production facility; some even collect scrap metal and take it to recyclers as a full-time or part-time job. Whatever your interest in scrap metal recycling, note a few things you might need to know in order to ensure you have the most success with it.
1. Scrap yard and scrapper
When calling around to find a company that will take your scrap metal, you might note the term scrapper or scrap mover being used. This usually means someone who will move the scrap metal for you, not an actual recycler. A scrapper will typically have a truck or trailer that they use and will collect metal from bins or from wherever it's located, and take it to the scrap yard. Some will pick up your metal for free as they then keep the money paid to them by the scrap yard, and some will charge a fee for this work. It's good to know the difference between a scrap yard and scrapper so you know which one to call when you simply want metal pieces gone, versus trying to make money yourself from the scrap.
2. Collection bins
If you have a production facility and create metal scrap from cutting and fabricating, you might ask a scrap yard if they would leave a collection bin for you. Some yards will do this if you create a large volume of waste. However, be sure you note any restrictions, for example, they may not allow you to mix various types of metal such as steel or copper. Some yards may also not allow you to mix in materials other than metal, but some scrap yards will have a list of items they recycle and which might be allowed. Remember that the collection bin is not a waste bin and be clear about what can be added if you find a yard that will leave one for you.
3. Checking prices
Because the value and demand of scrap metal will fluctuate every day, the price you might get for your scrap will also change every day. Never assume that even yesterday's prices are still valid, so check the website or call a scrap yard before going by. This is especially important if you've found one that is a bit of a distance for you, as you don't want to make the trip and get a much lower price for your scrap than you expected.