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Scrap Metal: Why You Shouldn’t Toss it in a Landfill

Why recycling is the way to go


Metal comes in a number of forms: clothes hangers, copper piping, aluminum cans, and electric wires are just a few examples. Most people throw unwanted metal scraps into the household trash once they’re done with it, but did you know that metal can be recycled? Metal is actually a precious resource that can be reused and recycled in your own backyard. Not only that, but it can leak dangerous chemicals into the ground when left in a dump. Read on to learn more about scrap metal recycling.

Various Types of Metal

Local scrap yards accept the following metals most often:

  • Copper
  • Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Iron

Metal Identification

Use a magnet to determine the type of metal you have on hand. Ferrous metal sticks to the magnet, meaning you have something like steel or iron. This can be recycled, but you won’t get much money for it at a scrap yard.

Metals that don’t stick to a magnet are non-ferrous. These types of metal are more valuable to a scrap metal facility and are in high demand for recycling. Some examples of non-ferrous metals include copper, aluminum, brass, stainless steel, and bronze.

Where You Find Scrap Metal

Metals are not just confined to job sites. You can find a number of recyclable metals lying around the house that you use on a daily basis. Here are a few:

  • Cans and other food containers
  • Wire hangers
  • Aluminum soda cans
  • Unused aluminum foil
  • House fixtures like lighting, doorknobs, pipes, gutters, and keys

Scrap Metal Recycling

Do you have piles of leftover scrap metal lying around? Instead of dragging it out to the curb, put it to good use and avoid wasting it. Call JDog Junk Removal & Hauling and we’ll help you find a scrap yard or recycling facility and haul away your old scrap metal. Contact us today at 844-GET-JDOG to schedule a pickup!