Ultimate Scrap Metal Recycling Guide

Have Scrap Metal You’re Not Sure What to Do With? 

If you plan on completing a home remodeling project in the future and want to do so in an eco-friendly way, then recycling scrap metal is one of the easiest ways to help both your bank account and the environment. Many people who are completing a demolition project or remodeling their homes are unaware of the scrap metal recycling services and options in their area. Scrap metal can easily be repurposed, and doing so can help you do your part in being kind to the environment. At 360 Industrial Group, we proudly operate a licensed scrap metal facility in East Rutherford, NJ, where we purchase and recycle scrap metal from homeowners and contractors alike. Keep reading to learn more about this service and the benefits of scrap metal recycling during your next big project.

What You Need to Know Before Recycling Your Scrap Metal 

Many licensed scrap metal recycling facilities purchase several different types of metals. At our facility, we accept both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Ferrous metals contain iron, making them magnetic and more likely to rust when exposed to moisture. Ferrous metals we accept include light iron, heavy melt, cast iron, and plate and structural metals. Non-ferrous metals do not contain iron, so they are not magnetic. These metals include copper, brass, insulated wire, aluminum, stainless steel, and more, and are more resistant to rust and corrosion than metals that contain iron. 

Determining what kinds of metal you have can help you and the recycling facility better evaluate what the metal is worth, and how much you should be compensated for it. 

How Much is Your Scrap Metal Worth? 

Ferrous Metal Value

Ferrous metals are known for their strength and durability- they are used consistently in the construction industry for things like skyscrapers, bridges, industrial piping, and more. They are also useful for electrical applications because of their magnetic quality. Their properties, although beneficial in some ways, also make these metals more prone to rusting. As these metals are more common and widespread than non-ferrous metals, they are not as valuable when recycled. However, these metals are more likely to be recycled in large quantities, which can increase the amount of money they are recycled for.

Non-Ferrous Metal Value

Copper, which we accept at 360 Industrial Group, is one of the most valuable metals you can recycle. Copper is commonly used in many elements of a home, such as plumbing pipes, gutters, and electrical wires. Brass, which is often used to make keys and door handles, is another valuable non-ferrous metal. This is a dense metal, so it adds up quickly when you recycle it, bringing you higher compensation! The resistance to poor metal conditions and the ability to stand up against wear and tear increases the value of these and other non-ferrous metals that we accept at our scrap metal recycling center. Aluminum is another non-ferrous metal, and although it is not as valuable as some others, it is often brought to scrap yards in bulk, which increases its value.

What Happens to Your Scrap Metal After You Recycle it? 

After dropping off your unused metal, a proper scrap metal facility like ours at 360 Industrial Group will separate the metals by type, and remove all non-metal components, such as plastic. After that step is complete, the metals can be shredded or melted and then formed into a new shape, such as a sheet or block, that can be used later to create an entirely new product. This process ensures that the metals do not go to waste or sit in a landfill for years – they are able to be reused at the benefit of both your wallet and the environment.

Licensed Scrap Metal Recycling in New Jersey

Now that you’ve learned more about scrap metal recycling, we hope you have decided to take the next step and gather up some scrap metal to recycle with us! We accept many types of ferrous and non-ferrous metals at our scrap metal recycling facility in East Rutherford, and we make the process as convenient for you as possible. At our facility, we collect scrap metal from anyone who is willing to work with us, whether you are a professional contractor or a homeowner. You can also choose between dropping off your metals in person or having us pick them up from your property. When you bring your scrap metal to our facility, we will weigh it and pay you for it all at the same time. Along with scrap metal recycling, we offer a variety of other services for those looking to start a new project or clean up their property in the new year, including demolition, debris removal, and salvage services. We have the skills needed to make your next project a success, so don’t hesitate to contact us today to learn more. We look forward to working with you!

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