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A Few Facts About Scrap Metal Recycling

A green way to get rid of old metal items.


Scrap metal recycling is a way for the average person to contribute to cutting down on landfill pollution. Here’s what you should know about scrap metal recycling and why it’s so important.

Scrap Metal Recycling

  • Some of the most commonly recycled metals include steel, copper, iron, lead, tin, aluminum, silver, and brass.
  • When dumped in a landfill, metals take decades to decompose.
  • Recycling metal reduces the need for mining. Reusing recycled metals takes less energy than mining for the virgin ores needed to create new metal.
  • Mining for virgin metal materials poses a number of threats to the environment. It adversely effects an area’s biodiversity, contaminates soil and groundwater, and can create landslides and sinkholes.
  • Aluminum cans can be recycled an infinite amount of times.
  • The metal in used appliances can be recycled. But if your appliance is still in working condition, consider selling or donating it instead. Reusing metal is an even greener option that recycling it.
  • Scrap metal falls into two classifications: ferrous and nonferrous. Use a magnet to find out what kind of metal you have: ferrous metalsĀ  will attract the magnet while nonferrous metals repel it.
  • You can make a little extra cash by recycling your household metals. Check out Earth911 to find a scrap yard near you. This is your best option when you have a carload of metal to recycle. If you have more than that, a junk-hauling company is often a better, more convenient option than renting a vehicle and hauling it yourself.
  • Municipal trash services generally refuse to pick up scrap metal. This is why most people call in the help of a junk-hauling company. JDog Junk Removal & Hauling is ready and willing to come for scrap metal pick up. We know where to take it to be recycled and are able to haul loads both big and small. Contact us today by calling 844-GET-JDOG to schedule a pickup of your old scrap metal.