We can help you maximize your profits by helping you understand the details of how to prepare scrap metal. You can gain more knowledge the more you learn. By making sure that your scrap is clean and free from contaminants, both you as well as the buyer will be able to reap the benefits. While scrap companies often come across large amounts of metal variants from builders and plumbers, homeowners can also make money with their scrap. This is a great incentive to recycle responsibly and properly.
You will first need to understand the differences between ferrous and nonferrous metallic.
- Ferrous material contains iron, carbon, and other alloy elements. Examples include steel, iron shavings, and iron clippings.
- Metals that are not ferrous include aluminium, brass and copper as well as lead, silver, lead, and bronze.
There are three steps that you should follow before you ship your scrap metal for sale.
Make sure that your material is recyclable
Recycling non-metallic materials like cardboard, glass and liquids is not possible with scrap metals.
Identify and sort
These materials should not be mixed with your scrap metal. This will invalidate the entire transaction.
Upload your materials
Separate ferrous and nonferrous metals, then unload them separately.
You can perform your own magnet assessment to determine if you have ferrous metals or nonferrous.
This is the test: A ferrous material is one that attracts to a magnet. Although this material isn’t very valuable, it can still make you some extra money. Nonferrous material is not magnetized if it doesn’t attract any of the materials. These magnets can be extremely valuable and are worth much more when they’re scrapped.
After you’ve completed your assessment, keep the materials together. You can also call your local scrapyard to get more information about their process.
Preparation of metals
The aluminium you are taking to the dump is too big and will not be worth as much as a smaller piece that can easily be placed in the furnace. This is because larger pieces will be more labor intensive to produce and then it will need to be manipulated into the furnace. A perfectly sized piece in aluminium of the highest grade can be more valuable than one of the same size.
The grade determines the material’s value. You should ensure that your materials are free from oil, lubricants, or cutting fluids. These can reduce their value.
Bar stock, pipe or wire may be available. You can increase the value by removing the insulation. This will reduce the weight, but it will also increase the purity.
Scrap metal collection and depolution are also available.