Frequently Asked Questions About Scrap Metal Recycling
The scrap metal recycling industry can be a bit confusing to some of our clients that don’t have a lot of experience with it. For this reason, in this article, we’ll go over some of the questions that we’re most frequently asked about the scrap metal recycling process and industry!
What Is Scrap Metal?
Scrap metal is any sort of metal that can be recycled and reused rather than sent to a landfill. Scrap metal can be anything from an aluminum soda can to a junk vehicle, and everything in between. A general rule of thumb is that if an item is made of at least 50% metal, it can be scrapped!
How Much Is Scrap Metal Worth?
With scrap metal, it isn’t always one-price-fits-all because different types of metals are worth different amounts. The type of metal that is generally worth the most when selling your scrap metal is copper: it usually sells for around $3.00 per pound. On the other side of the spectrum, the least valuable type of scrap metal is usually light iron, which sells for around $0.10 per pound. If you’re curious what other types of metal may be worth, please check out our pricing page on our website!
How Does Scrap Metal Recycling Work?
Scrap metal recycling is a simple process, at least on the consumer side of things. All you need to do is bring us all the scrap metal you are looking to sell, and we’ll handle the rest. First, we’ll sort the metals you bring us into different categories, then, we’ll weigh them which will determine how much we’ll pay you for them. Next, the metals will be crushed, shredded, and melted down. Once melted down, we remove all the impurities from the molten metal and re-solidify it so it can be made into new products like appliances, building materials, food packaging, furniture, and more!
How Much Money Can I Make From Selling Scrap Metal?
Different metals sell for different prices per pound, so the best way to maximize your profit from selling scrap metal is to have a lot of a valuable form of metal. If you’re a homeowner cleaning out your basement or garage that’s full of scrap metal, you can expect to walk away with a few hundred dollars, depending on the quantity of metal of course. If you’re a business owner that’s recycling scrap metal from a construction site, you can stand to make a lot more.
Contact Middleboro Recycling Center!
If you or your business is looking into selling scrap metal in southeastern Massachusetts, look no further than Middleboro Recycling Center! Give us a call at (508) 946-2383 or fill out the contact form on our website, and our team will get back to you as soon as possible!