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An In-Depth Look at the Scrap Metal Industry


The scrap metal recycling industry plays an important role in protecting the environment. Bringing scrap metal to a D.B.L. Disposal Service recycling depot ensures that it doesn't end up in a landfill, where it could leach toxic chemicals. It also aids in reducing destructive mining operations and the production of greenhouse gasses. Here's a guide to how you can take part in the scrap metal industry as well.


Can I Sell Metal for Cash?


Yes, just like bringing bottles to a bottle depot, you can sell scrap metal for cash at a recycling depot. As scrap metal prices can fluctuate, it's a good idea to contact your local recycling depot for up-to-date prices.


How Does Scrap Metal Recycling Work?


When you sell metal to a recycling depot, the metal is sorted into its different types and melted down into a liquid state inside of a large furnace. Melting the metal makes it possible to purify it of any contaminants. The metal is then solidified and formed into new metal products that can be used again for a variety of applications in the same capacity as metals formed from virgin ore.


Most Valuable Scrap Metals for Recycling


To maximize your profit from metal recycling, you'll want to bring in more valuable metals. One of the simplest ways to determine scrap metal value is by using a magnet. If a magnet sticks to the metal, then it is likely ferrous (meaning that it contains iron) and not worth as much. Non-ferrous metals are generally much more valuable. Among the most valuable non-ferrous scrap metals that you can bring in for recycling are copper, aluminum, brass, lead, zinc, nickel, and bronze.


Scrap metal is worth more if it is clean, bare, and free of paint or soldering marks. For example, the most valuable type of copper is bare bright copper wire. Bare bright copper wire is clean, shiny, uncoated, uninsulated, and unalloyed with any metals.


Where Can I Find Scrap Metal?


For scrap metal that you can sell at a recycling depot, some of the most common places to look are inside old electronics, old home appliances, and old vehicles, as well as in construction and renovation sites. Of course, you'll want to make sure you have permission to haul away scrap metal from a construction site or property before doing so.


Where to Sell Metal in Mid-Island


At D.B.L. Disposal Service, we make it easy to sell your scrap metal. Just come by our recycling depot to drop it off. Alternatively, you can request one of our roll-off bins, which we will drop off wherever you need it and pick up once it is full. Together, we can contribute to a more sustainable world and help you make some extra money at the same time.


If you have any other questions about recycling metal or about our services, don't hesitate to contact us today.



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