Thanks for visiting the Bee Green Blog! Welcome to Part II of the Bee Green Scrap Guide, where we’ll go over a few more advanced tips, tricks, and advice about scrap metal recycling. If you haven’t check out part I first, we recommend you start there! However, if you’re good to go… let’s get started!
Knowing Your Metals
You’ll need to be able to tell the difference between the many types of metal. The most important distinction is whether or not the metal is ferrous. What does that mean?
Ferrous metals contain iron, and non-ferrous metals do not. Metals containing iron will attract a magnet, while non-ferrous metals will not. Generally, non-ferrous metals fetch a better price per pound (but not always – so always call ahead of time and check!)
Below we’ll detail some of the common ferrous and non-ferrous metals, and how to collect them!
Common Nonferrous Metals and where to Find Them
Aluminum – You can find aluminum all over the place! It is commonly used in construction, and you already know it’s in drink cans, so don’t throw those out! You can find aluminum and structure demolitions (roofs), after home improvement projects(window frames), and in all types of vehicles! Aluminum is light and we pay by the pound, so you’ll need a decent haul of it to make the trip profitable.
Brass – Brass is used often in plumbing (pipes and valves) and in fixtures (lighting and doorknobs)… as well as at the shooting range! If you’re into shooting and don’t reload the ammo yourself, ask to hold on to the spent brass.
Copper – Copper is highly conductive and cheap, so your best bet is to find it in electronics and appliances. Circuits, cords, wires, electric fixtures, and old computers will generally have salvageable copper in them. Be creative!
Stainless Steel – This one’s a little different. Stainless steel contains large amounts of iron, and looks like regular ferrous metal, but will not draw a magnet. The science behind this is mostly pretty boring, but suffice to say it has to do with the nickel content of the stainless steel. Lucky for you, Nickel pays well! You can find stainless steel in a lot of places – notably in silverware, some appliances, and some cars. It is highly valuable!
As for the rest… (Ferrous Metals)
Ferrous metals (iron and steel) are going to make up pretty much everything else you find. That washer and dryer that you pulled the copper cord off of? Ferrous metal. Those screws holding in the brass doorknob? Yep, ferrous metal.
This will be the most common metal you find, but no need to worry; while it doesn’t pay as well as most of the non-ferrous stuff, it still pays! Don’t hesitate to collect it when you find it.
So, you’ve found a truckload of scrap and you’re ready to get paid. Where do you go?
Well, the easy answer is: Bee Green Recycling! We consider ourselves to be Richmond’s best and most modern Scrap Metal Recycling facility, and our dedication to providing a great, lucrative experience for every scrapper sets us apart.
However, we want to try and be a little impartial in our scrap guide, so here’s what our advice is: Give your local scrapyards a ring. Sometimes certain facilities will pay more for a certain type of scrap, and sometimes they’ll pay less. We’ve covered how these price changes happen before, but long story short: the supply and demand factor at each scrap yard is not the same.
Thanks For Reading the Bee Green Recycling Scrap Guide, Part II!
We hope you have learned something while reading part II of the Scrap Guide, and can apply that knowledge to bringing a load of scrap up to Bee Green and getting paid! There are a number of good scrapyards in the area, but we consider ourselves to be the best… so give us a try!