To be clear, scrap metal is discarded metal that is suitable for reprocessing. Examples of scrap metal recycling are: lead, nickel content batteries, used iron and steel recycling, railroad scrap and ship breaking, copper scrap recycling, bronze and brass scrap, zinc scrap and magnesium scrap.
There are many benefits of recycling scrap metal such as being earth friendly. Scrap metal recycling takes less energy and is more efficient than extracting and refining raw metals with traditional mining processes. In addition, recycling scrap metal doesn’t add pollution to groundwater or create physical scars on the environment; scars that take decades of years to heal.
Another benefit is reducing waste and freeing up landfill space. Recycling scrap metal prevents junkyards from overflowing and reduces smaller eyesores in a community. In addition, recycling scrap metal encourages more efficient and productive use of land. Most importantly, recycling scrap metal also contributes billions of dollars to our country’s gross domestic product. Thousands of jobs have been created by this industry. Some may not know it but recycling jobs require a good amount of skill and training. Income received, from recycling metal scrap, is higher than the national median income.
For businesses and consumers, there are other benefits such as a substantial cost that goes up and down according to market activities such as supply and demand. Other areas benefit in various ways such as reducing air and water pollution, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and conserving natural resources.
It is important to note that scrap metal can be categorized into two types, ferrous and nonferrous. Ferrous scrap includes scrap from steel beams, old cars, railroad tracks, ships, household appliances and food packaging and other containers. Examples of nonferrous scrap metals are aluminum foil and cans, zinc, copper, lead, nickel, chromium and precious metals.
Most importantly, many don’t realize that most scrap metal can be recycled for cash at local scrap yards throughout the U.S. Scrap metal yards deal with a variety of customers on a daily basis such as construction companies, electricians and plumbers. Even though scrap yards deal chiefly with the aforementioned companies, they also welcome homeowners to bring their own metal scrap. Phoenix recycling accepts all kind of metal wastes, starting from ferrous and nonferrous metals up to household appliances.
Before taking scrap metal to a scrap yard, determine first if you have a ferrous or non-ferrous metal and then separate those items. You can find this out by testing materials with a magnet. If you don’t have a magnet handy, try using one from your fridge. If the magnet sticks to your metal, you have a ferrous metal. Ferrous metals are not high in value but they are accepted. If; however, the magnet does not stick to your metal, you have a non-ferrous metal. These are valuable to recycle and are worth money.