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Scrap Metal Recycling Process

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Scrap Metal ranges widely in size, from copper wires and soup cans to large ship and airplane parts.

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If you’d rather find someone who will pick up scrap metal from your home or business, contact local junk removal and hauling companies. These services have experience in transporting scrap metal efficiently and safely. Some city-operated solid waste authorities collect scrap metal alongside the usual curbside recycling items, but this isn’t common. Check for special collection days, and remember that you may have to call ahead to schedule pick-up. Never leave out Scrap Metal with sharp edges, as it can easily injure sanitation workers.

What Types of Scrap Metal Can Be Recycled?

Scrap Metal ranges widely in size - from copper wires and soup cans to large ship and airplane parts. Common sources of ferrous scrap metals include furniture, cars, and construction materials. Here are a few other examples:


Many everyday items around the house, such as toasters, washers, dryers, and refrigerators, contain one or more types of metal that can be recycled as scrap.

Aluminum Cans

Some states offer container deposit programs that guarantee a rate of five to ten cents per aluminum can brought to a certified recycling facility.

Lead-acid batteries

These rechargeable batteries, such as those found in your car, are hazardous if not disposed properly. Most car supply stores accept lead-acid batteries for recycling. Lead-acid batteries are one of the most common sources of lead scrap.


Electronic waste, like cell phones, often contains parts that may be sold or recycled as Scrap Metal. Some chain stores accept electronics for recycling, and certain facilities include data destruction as part of their services to protect your security. While the vast majority of scrap metal can be recycled, here are a few types that are off-limits:

Radioactive Metals: Radioactive metals like plutonium and uranium are far too dangerous to be handled by the average scrap yard. Luckily, many recycling facilities have portal monitors, which can detect unsafe levels of radiation prior to handling. These metals can be found in common consumer products like smoke alarms, luminous watches and clocks, old TVs, and more.

Toxic Metals: Any items containing mercury cannot be recycled due to the health hazards posed by this element. Mercury-contaminated metal may be found in waste produced by the oil and gas industry, some vehicle parts, and electronic scrap from appliances.

Public Property: To avoid incentivizing theft, metal signage, guard rails, street lights, and similar items owned by the federal, state, and local government will not be accepted at reputable scrap recycling facilities.

Containers With Residue: Items like paint cans, motor oil cans, pots and pans, and propane gas tanks are often treated with harmful chemicals - think Teflon - and may contain remnants of toxic oils. Some recycling facilities can remove these coatings, but you should call to confirm that this service is available.   

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