Recycling Metals and Other Materials

Don't live in a tip: A quick guide for tidying your scrap metal collection

We've all seen those large rural properties jam-packed with junk — old car bodies, piles of rusty corrugated iron, stacks of roof tiles and a mountain of old car tyres. A home surrounded by chaos can make you feel claustrophobic and uninspired. If you need a helping hand to declutter and tidy your scrap metal collection, check out this short guide.

Sort it out

The first step to managing your scrap metal collection is to sort it out. This will make the collection more accessible for your personal use, as well as making the next two steps — selling and recycling — an absolute breeze. Separating your scrap metal into containers for each type will not only streamline your loading, you can even weigh each metal before you sell so you know how much cash to expect in return. Using a magnet, you can separate your non-ferrous metals (think copper, aluminium, brass) as these are the most valuable for selling as scrap. If the disorder of your scrap metal collection is overwhelming, consider hiring some help to do the initial heavy lifting.

Sell it off

Your scrap metal collection could be a veritable gold mine. Once you've sorted your metal, keep aside the scrap that you truly will reuse yourself for personal or work projects. Then you can contact your local scrap metal merchant for a competitive price based on current demand. Copper wire is particularly valuable, and you can maximise profits by separating and stripping your copper wire before hitting the merchant's scales. If your metal collection is sizeable, you may request the merchant send a collection bin to your home, saving on transport cost and inconvenience. E-waste and unwanted appliances may also be sold. Chat to your metal merchant about what they accept for cash.

Recycle it locally

If you have less valuable ferrous metals, such as corrugated iron and steel girders, you might not be able to exchange them for cash. Instead, check out metal recyclers. This is a great option for mixed waste, like metal with glass or plastic parts still attached. While recycling might not net you a fortune, it is a healthy way to get your yard in order, while doing your bit for the environment.

With a little time and effort sorting, selling and recycling your scrap, your home yard will be restored to a place for rest and relaxation. For more information and advice on which metals can be recycled in your area, contact metal management specialists in your area.