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Scrap Metal Recycling Tips

Budget Bin - Monday, February 09, 2015

If you have recently undertaken a major renovation or cleanup of your home, there's a good chance you have accumulated some debris. Wood, plaster, discarded appliances, carpet or other flooring and scrap metal are all common after a renovation or cleanup, or they simply pile up over the years.

If you have hired a professional for remodeling, they should be hauling away items associated with the work, but if you are the do-it-yourself type, you may need to dispose of these materials on your own. 

Scrap Metal Recycling Guidelines

Recycling scrap metal is not only good for the environment, it can be good for your pocketbook! The scrap metal you have cluttering your garage or yard can be profitable. The problem is that hauling metal out of your home and to a recycling center is inconvenient and even dangerous.

Calling for a recycling bin to be brought to your home is a great solution. If you are planning to do this, be sure that you separate non-recyclable materials out of your load. This means:

  • Stripping insulation off copper wires.
  • Removing glass, wood, etc. from the materials.
  • Be sure to drain any fluids from small engines, such as lawnmower engines.

Budget Environmental recycles all types of scrap metal.

What Is Scrap Metal?

You may be surprised at how much scrap metal recycling you have laying around your property. Here are some examples:

  • Bed frames
  • Aluminum blinds
  • Furniture casters
  • Discarded appliances and motors
  • Furnishings, such as metal desks
  • Fans
  • Bicycles

Some common renovation waste that can be recycled:

  • Metal ducts and vents
  • Wiring
  • Screen and window frames
  • Sinks, tubs, water heaters
  • Air conditioning unit housing, etc.

 Budget Environmental recycles scrap metal

These metals can be classified as either ferrous, or non-ferrous. Ferrous means that it contains iron. Some examples of non-ferrous metals include aluminum and copper.

Hauling these metals back and forth in your vehicle to a recycling center is not an appealing option. A bin service can  make it much easier and safer, and save the interior of your vehicle.

Remember that not all recyclable metals are worth money, and that there are different grades of the same metal. If you are curious about prices you can click here to see up to date prices.

Always be cautious with waste. Things like oil, gasoline, paint thinner, etc. Are considered hazardous and will not be accepted. Be sure to drain anything of these substances.

Scrap metal recycling can be easy, fun and profitable. You never know, you may have a hidden fortune in your garage!

Budget Environmental has been providing excellent customer service and quality dumpster rentals since 1993.  Budget is also an industry leader in the area of recycling including scrap metal recycling with an extensive recycling program that averts a high percentage of waste from landfills.  For more information or to order a dumpster call us today at (877) 217-2697 or order the appropriate bin online today.

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