Scrap metal is generated by the disposal of items that are no longer serviceable or wanted and by manufacturing processes that leave excess metal during the fabrication of the desired metal part. Scrap metal is not biodegradable, and is therefore well suited to recycling.
Separate the metals for much better prices for the higher value scrap metals. The scrap can be sold to metal recycling operations, since they can be melted down by foundries and used to fabricate new parts. Use these tips to learn how to sort scrap metal.
Scrap is often taken to a wrecking yard, where it is processed for later melting into new products. A wrecking yard, depending on its location, may allow customers to browse their lot and purchase items before they are sent to the smelters, although many scrap yards that deal in large quantities of scrap usually do not, often selling entire units such as engines or machinery by weight with no regard to their functional status. Customers are typically required to supply all of their own tools and labour to extract parts and some scrap yards may first require waiving liability for personal injury before entering. Many scrapyards also sell bulk metals (stainless steel, etc.) by weight, often at prices substantially below the retail purchasing costs of similar pieces. In contrast to wreckers, scrapyards typically sell everything by weight, rather than by item.