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All About Scrap Metal Recycling

What you should know


You might not be aware, but many metals you find in and around your home are recyclable. Recycling these scrap metals saves them from being tossed into landfills. It also saves the energy and resources needed to mine virgin ores for new metal items. Here’s what you should know about scrap metal recycling.

All About Scrap Metal Recycling

  • Scrap metal recycling is fast and efficient. For example, it only takes about two months for an aluminum can to be recycled and put back onto the shelves of a grocery store.
  • Recycling metal uses up to 90% less energy than producing virgin metals.
  • Steel and aluminum are the most commonly recycled metals. They can be endlessly reused, making it vital to recycle them rather than throw them out with your regular trash.

Types of Scrap Metal

Scrap metals are classified into two categories: ferrous and non-ferrous. Non-ferrous metals are generally higher in value than ferrous metals, but you can get money for both if you take them to the appropriate place to be recycled.

  • Non-ferrous metals are metals that don’t contain iron. They are non-magnetic and lightweight. Some examples include aluminum, aluminum alloys, copper,  brass, gold, nickel, silver, tin, lead, and zinc. Non-ferrous metals are used for industrial purposes like airplanes, gutters, roofing, pipes, and electrical wiring.
  • Ferrous metals do contain iron and are known for their strength. A few examples of ferrous metals include steel, stainless steel, carbon steel, and cast iron. Ferrous metals are found in cars, architectural details bridges, railroads, and other industrial applications.

Scrap metal is rarely picked up by municipal trash services, so JDog Junk Removal & Hauling is ready and willing to come for scrap metal pick up. We know how to responsibly recycle or dispose of it and are able to haul big or small loads. Contact our team today by calling 844-GET-JDOG and we’ll come haul away your old scrap metal, as well as other items you no longer want.