If you're cleaning out your house or barn, and need to get rid of various types of equipment and metal parts, you should think about recycling them, so you can avoid paying fees at the dump. You may even make a few dollars if you have a lot of metal to get rid of. Here are some tips for getting rid of your junk metal.
Separating Types of Metal
If you're going to sell the metal at a recycling yard, you'll want to prepare it, so you get the best price. That means you'll need to dismantle or take apart the equipment to get rid of plastic and non-metal parts. Once that's done, separate metal into piles of brass, copper, steel, and aluminum. Copper and brass are worth the most money. You'll need a lot of steel and aluminum to make very much, but you'll at least save money on dump fees by taking the metal to a recycling center.
You can tell if metal is steel or aluminum by using a magnet. If a magnet sticks to it, the material is steel. If the magnet slides off, it's aluminum. Also, steel can often be identified if there is rust present since aluminum doesn't rust. Even if you don't make much money by taking your aluminum and steel to the recycling center, you'll benefit the planet since these metals can be recycled quickly and used for other things.
Getting the Metal to a Recycling Center
Once your scrap metal is ready to go, you'll have to figure out how to get it to the recycling center if you don't have your own truck. Renting a truck is one option since you can usually rent one by the hour or for part of the day. However, this will cut into your profits. If recycling the metal is your main concern over making a profit, then you may want to call a metal hauler. These companies pick up scrap metal for free, so they can collect large bundles to haul to a recycling center. They keep all the profits, but they haul away your junk at no cost. You may not even have to dismantle heavy machines or strip cords. It's an easy and convenient way to get rid of your metal junk through recycling.
If you plan to haul your metal to the recycling center yourself, be sure to call ahead to find out the procedures and the price for the metal you have to sell. Metal recycling centers are used to dealing primarily with commercial operations, but you should be welcome to bring your metal as long as you prepare it in advance and have enough metal to make the trip worthwhile.