Recycling Scrap Metal: Know Which Metals Matter

Pile of Scrap MetalsScrap yards in New Zealand are willing to pay for good scraps. If you make an effort to learn a few things about the junk you collect, then scrapping can be a good source of additional income. However, aside from that, you could also be saving the environment.

Knowing which is which

Identifying the metals you have is not as complicated as it seems. You can start by sorting the pile into two sets—ferrous and non-ferrous. A good magnet is all you need to sort the bunch into metals that are attracted to the magnet and metals that are not. McCamish Metals explains that ferrous metals contain iron; these react with the magnet. Non-ferrous metals such as copper, aluminium, bronze, and brass do not react to magnets. Non-ferrous metals fetch higher rates at a recycling yard than ferrous types.

Stripping copper

Copper is one of the most valuable scrap metals. Recyclers and scrap yards pay more for stripped wires. You need to have a wire stripper and spend a few hours removing the insulation from unused or discarded wiring.

Sorting tips

Since sorting makes scrapping more lucrative, you should know how to identify and separate scrap metal before you bring them to a local yard.

First, start by sorting the stuff by colour. You have to remove paint on the surface to determine what type of metal lies underneath. When examining each pile, consider the weight of the item in relation to the bulk. That will help you sort the type of metal as well. For instance, aluminium is very light, and lead and iron are quite heavy.

Learning how to find scrap metal is essential if you want to recycle and save the environment. Know how to identify metals and sort them before hauling them over to the recycling yard. Your efforts will pay off.