Recycling Metal What You Should Know

Millions of tonnes of Metal are recycled each year in the UK alone, generating billions of pounds in revenue. Just over half of the recycled metal is exported to meet foreign demand and the rest is reprocessed within the UK to make more metal. Metal is an extremely useful and versatile material that is used to make many items in every day use including cars, trucks, ships, aeroplanes, household appliances, railway tracks, cutlery, ovens and of course it is also used for packaging.


One major advantage in recycling metal is that it can be recycled over and over again without losing any of the properties of the metal itself. Metal is therefore a valuable commodity and as such, when a metal item reaches the end of its life, it can be used 100% of the time to make new metal. The most common metals in every day household use today are Steel and Aluminum – Steel is used to make food cans and Aluminum is used to make soft drink cans.

The business of iron scrap and other metals have flourished in the recent years with many industries making huge profits in this field. The trade of metal scrap has created a niche mainly because of the internet as it opens a world of opportunities to trade better and faster.

Become friendly with your local contractors, plumbers, electricians, roofers, machine shop owners, anyone who deals with metals. If you can work out a deal with them, contract with these local sources to remove their throw away metals on a regular basis. Most of them will be more than happy to just give it to you, it saves them the time and expense of hauling it away. Sort out the metal according to type…aluminum, brass, copper, iron, steel, tin, etc. After being separated, it’s worth at least $30 a ton or more. Next, you need to search for scrap metal processors through your local yellow pages. They are more than anxious to buy all the scrap that you can bring them at the going rates.

scrapBe sure to let people know that you are in now in the business of “recycling” metals. Most people will just give you what they have for free. Put up signs in laundromats and any bulletin board you can find all over town. Maybe even hire some high school kids to distribute flyers house-to-house. If you are so motivated, you can even establish your own “recycling center,” providing a space with separate bins for each of the different metals. Because people are so ecology-minded these days, they will gladly bring their scrap metal to you.

How to Recycle Metal and Metal Products

Contact all of your local businesses and arrange to pick up their scrap metal on a regular basis. Thousands of fortunes have been built in exactly this way, very simple, low-investment beginning. After you’ve gained enough experience buying and selling scrap metal, you may want to jump into the big time of scrap metal, the “junk automobile” business.

This is the very best source of scrap metals. Your prime markets for used and no longer wanted reconditioned parts will be body shops, garages, and service stations. Find and tow in wrecked and abandoned cars. Buy old cars for as little as $25 each and strip them for usable parts, then sell the rest as scrap metal. You will always sell the metal to metal processors or even brokers if you are fortunate enough to find them.

copper_brassIron scrap can be easily bought and sold online as there are many web portals that cater to the needs of millions of buyers and sellers all over the world. With the help of the B2B e-markets, selling and buying of scrap metals has become easier. These web portals have provided a common base for different entrepreneurs from various parts of the world. In order to make your business of metal scraps profitable it is important to find the right buyer. The demands for these metal pieces have soared since the past few years and therefore it is easy to make profits in this field of business. Many of the websites offer free services to help buyers and sellers in their export import business.

With these online facilities of product directories and catalogs, it is no longer difficult to carry on trade between countries. Buyers and sellers can get orders online for their products with the help of these directories. It is also easy to access multiple sites for information regarding the scrap metals. This industry has become a source of livelihood for many people with the advancement of the internet.

Yes, you can still break into the scrap metal business on a shoestring. And, yes, you can still turn other people’s junk into gold. The best way to start out is by becoming a local “junk” dealer. All you really need to get started is plenty of empty boxes and a pickup truck. Pretty much ANY metal that you will find is worth good money these days.