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Scrap Metal Recycling: Turning Your Trash into Cash

Budget Bin - Friday, July 11, 2014

You might have some old stuff lying around your business, warehouse space, home, backyard, or office that is valuable, and you don’t even realize it. Full-service scrap metal recycling companies will purchase certain eligible metal items from residential, construction, commercial and industrial customers.

How Does Scrap Metal Recycling Work?

Your first step is to find a company near you that offers scrap metal recycling. Many dumpster rental or trash removal companies also offer scrap metal recycling. Once you find the company you want to work with, your next step is to call them for a quote. If you are able to transport your items yourself, you can take them to a scrap metal drop-off depot. The company will then weigh your scrap and give you credit accordingly.

Some companies will also deliver a disposal bin to you for your scrap metal if you request it. Once you’ve placed all of your metal recyclables in the bin, the company will retrieve it, weigh your items, and give you the appropriate credit. Naturally, they will subtract the cost of the bin rental from your credit.

What Items Are Eligible For Scrap Metal Recycling?

Many more items are eligible for scrap metal recycling than you may realize. Below, we’ll list the common items that most scrap metal recycling companies will recycle:

  • Appliances
    • Air conditioners
    • Clothes washers and dryers
    • Dehumidifiers
    • Dishwashers
    • Hot water tanks (drained)
    • Microwaves
    • Stoves / ovens
    • Pool heaters
    • Refrigerators / freezers
    • Water coolers
    • Water pressure tanks 
  • Miscellaneous Items
    • Bed frames    
    • Bicycles
    • Fencing / posts
    • Filing cabinets
    • Sinks / tubs

Next time you’re dragging a large item to the curb on trash day, ask yourself if it is something you could sell for scrap instead.

If you’re looking for a full-service scrap metal recycling company to help you maximize your return on scrap, call Budget Environmental today for a quote or order a bin. Budget Environmental also offers plant cleanup, obsolete inventory destruction, complete building demolition, and general site cleanups.


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