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Frequently Asked Questions: Scrap Metals
Helping countless individuals and families over the years, we've dealt with more than our share of old or broken pool tables. As such, here are the most common questions that our customers frequently ask when in need of help disposing of your old pool or billiard table.
Table of Contents
- 1-800-GOT-JUNK? FAQs
- Scrap Metal FAQs
- How do you properly dispose of scrap metal?
- What metals can be recycled?
- What can scrap metals be reused for?
- What Are The Advantages Of Recycling Scrap Metals?
- Can Empty Paint Cans Go In The Garbage Or Blue Box?
- What Are The Types Of Scrap Metals I Can Recycle?
- How Does Recycling Scrap Metal Help The Environment?
- What Types Of Scrap Metals Cannot Be Recycled?
- Can I Just My Scrap Metal Parts In My Recycling Bin For Pick Up?
- Scrap Metal FAQs
Scrap Metal FAQs
How do you properly dispose of scrap metal?
For most household metals, disposal is pretty easy. Small items like drink cans and food cans are typically made from aluminum and steel, so most can be disposed of by using your home recycling bin or taking them to a local recycling depot. (You might even get some money back from deposits on drink cans!)
For other metals and larger items, you can bring them to scrap yards in any quantity for recycling purposes. Of course, this can take up valuable time and requires a car or possibly even renting a truck if you need more space. If you don’t want to bring your metals to a recycling facility, let 1-800-GOT-JUNK? take care of it for you! We can pick up your scrap metal right from where it’s located—you won’t have to lift a finger. We’ll make sure it gets properly sorted and is taken to the appropriate recycling facilities.
What metals can be recycled?
Almost all metals can be recycled. In fact, most metals can be recycled over and over again without altering their properties. Some of most popular metals that are recycled are aluminum, brass, bronze, cast iron, copper, steel and tin. According to American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), steel is the most recycled material on the planet.
At 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, we’re scrap metal removal experts and know just how to handle all your unwanted scrap. We work with local recycling facilities to ensure proper disposal of both metal and non-metal components.
What can scrap metals be reused for?
Metal is unique in the sense that recycled metal can be used over and over again. A single metal item could be turned into several items over the course of a lifetime. Metals such as aluminum, copper, brass, steel and iron are the most common metals that are recycled and turned into new products.
New products that can be created from recycled scrap metal include appliances, building materials, automobiles, aircraft equipment, plumbing and more. Lighter scrap metals can also be recycled into canned goods or beverage containers, furnishings, fixtures and even lighting.
If you have scrap metal you want to get rid of, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? can help. We’re experts at scrap metal pick up and can have it out of your way in no time. You can rest assured that your scrap metal disposal will be handled responsibly.
What are the advantages of recycling scrap metals?
Of course, recycling scrap metals like aluminum, steel and copper is good for the environment. However, it also has a huge benefit to the economy. The mining and harvesting of new metals is quite costly, so using recycled metals helps to keep costs down. Metal recycling is also an industry on its own, with recycling facilities generating jobs and selling recycled metals to manufacturers.
Not only is it expensive to mine and produce new metals, but the environmental cost is high too. We know that mining causes damage to the environment, but now that it’s also becoming harder to access places with rich sources of metals, the methods of mining are becoming more invasive. There’s also a huge amount of energy required to obtain these new sources of metal.
Recycling is a much more efficient way to produce metals needed for manufacturing. It uses less energy than sourcing new materials while allowing us to preserve natural resources. It also helps to reduce garbage sent to landfills and slows down the consumption of natural resources.
Recycling is important to us at 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. When you trust us with your scrap metal removal, you can be sure that everything is being handled in the proper way. We work with local facilities to ensure metals are properly sorted and recycled where possible.
Can empty paint cans go in the garbage or blue box?
Wet paint inside a paint can is generally not accepted by local counties or recycling centers. One option is to donate wet paint to home improvement centers for reuse.
If you need to dispose of paint, you will likely need to make sure the paint is dried before you can get rid of it. Once dried, the tins can be donated to home improvement organizations or picked up by local scrap metal removal services.
1-800-GOT-JUNK? can often help you get rid of paint cans if the paint is dried. When you call to book your scrap metal removal appointment, be sure to mention that you have dried paint, since the ability to collect these items may vary by location.
What are the types of scrap metals I can recycle?
There are many types of scrap metal that can be recycled, such as copper, aluminum, brass, stainless steel, and bronze. They are very valuable and can be reused by scrap yards. If you have a pile of scrap metal parts lying around that you’re ready to get rid of, call 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and let us take care of everything for you.
How does recycling scrap metal help the environment?
Recycling your metal helps prevent the mining of metal ores. If your scrap metal parts are able to get reused, then mining doesn’t have to happen as often. Recycling also helps reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill sites, which in turn reduces the amount of chemical and visual pollution. If you have metal parts to get rid of, it’s always best to take them to a scrap metal or recycling facility. If you don’t want to handle it on your own, give 1-800-GOT-JUNK? a call. We’ll do all the heavy lifting for you and will make sure it gets recycled or properly disposed of.
What types of scrap metals cannot be recycled?
Products such as cathode ray tubes found in your old TV contain lead, which can’t be recycled. Radioactive metals such as uranium also shouldn’t be recycled. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of sorting your scrap metals for recycling, we are always in your neighborhood and ready to help. Call 1-800-GOT-JUNK? today!
Can I just my scrap metal parts in my recycling bin for pick up?
While scrap metal is recyclable, the city does not do pick up if you place it at the curb. While small metal cans and steel items can be placed in your recycling bin, larger pieces of scrap metal are not considered household products. Your city should have a scrap metal drop off center that accepts these items. However, this requires you to haul the parts all the way out of your house and often transport them on your own. To save the hassle, consider using us to help the heavy lifting for you. Call 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and let us handle everything for you, quickly and efficiently.