Scrap Metal Recycling & Pick Up

Junk comes in all shapes and sizes. Thanks to projects like home renovations and car repairs, some of that junk may be mixed with scrap metal.

Scrap metal shouldn't be thrown away with the trash - it's a valuable resource that can be recycled and turned into something new. Not only does proper disposal give this junk a second chance, scrap metal recycling keeps materials that can’t be broken down naturally out of landfills and keeps the environment safe.

We handle scrap metal recycling near you

Scrap the pain of hauling your extra metal. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? offers scrap metal pick up for both your home and business - all you have to do is point! We are fully insured, do all the heavy lifting, and recycling when possible to save your back, your time, and your peace of mind.

Metal recycling services we offer

Aluminum recycling

Aluminum is one of the most common types of scrap metal that is recycled. Many household items are made from aluminum, including soda cans and food tins. During the recycling process, aluminum cans are melted down to be reused in the creation of new products.

Brass recycling

During renovations or deep cleaning projects, you may find yourself with leftover brass plumbing fixtures or odds and ends. Luckily, that brass can be melted down and reused.

Cast iron recycling

If your old cast iron skillet is rusting through, it may be time for a new one. Don’t throw that metal in with the rest of your trash - it still has value! Call us today and we’ll help you recycle your old cast iron tools, keeping the landfills free of clunky scrap metal and the environment clean.

Copper recycling

From copper electrical wiring to old pipes and plumbing, having excess copper around the house can be a pain. Luckily, copper is another metal that does not lose it’s properties or value when reworked. Recycling copper is easy.

Steel recycling

Steel is the most recycled material on the planet. Once it is recycled, steel can be used to create brand new products such as steel frames for construction material, packaging, and other industrial supplies.

Tin recycling

Tin is a soft metal that can be found in all sorts of common items, including pots and pans, electronics, and food and drink cans. Before tossing it into a landfill, tin should be given to local scrap metal buyers and recycling centers so that it can be reused and retain its value.

Lead recycling

Lead can be recycled over and over against without losing any quality or value. If you have auto, household, or any other type of batteries to dispose of, call 1-800-GOT-JUNK? today. We can help you haul away your old scrap lead and recycle when possible.

Zinc recycling

Zinc is known for its anti-rusting abilities and is used in a variety of construction materials. Once recycled, it can be used to protect steel from corrosion.

Nickel recycling

You’d be surprised what junk you have around your house full of nickel. Used belt buckles,old cell phones, broken kitchen utensils, and used razors all contain nickel that can be recycled.

How do you properly dispose of scrap metal?

The best way to get rid of household metal junk depends on the type of metal your scrap is.

Small items like food and drink cans are typically made from aluminum and steel. These metals can be placed in your home recycling bin or be taken to a local recycling depot. You can get some money back from deposits on drink cans!

Larger items made from other materials can be taken to a local scrap yard to be recycled. Of course, this means loading your junk, hauling it to the yard, and possibly renting a truck or van.

What types of scrap metals can’t be recycled?

Not all scrap metal around your home can be recycled. Some of these metals include:

  • Lead, found in cathode ray tubes in old TVs
  • Radioactive metals like Plutonium and uranium
  • Mercury, often found in fluorescent light tubes
  • Motor oil and paint cans
  • Pots and pans
  • Propane gas tanks
  • Certain car parts

These metals are often treated with harmful chemicals that could cause damage to the soil and the air once they’re broken down.

Why should scrap metals be recycled?

The metal recycling industry is a staple in the manufacturing world. This industry provides jobs, produces materials to manufacturers at lower costs, and reduces the need to mine for new metals like aluminum, copper, and steel.

Excessive mining is extremely harmful to the environment. As access to rich sources of metals becomes limited, mining methods become more invasive and require more and more energy.

Recycling is a much more efficient way to produce metals needed for manufacturing. It uses less energy than sourcing new materials and preserves natural resources. It also helps to reduce garbage sent to landfills and slows down the consumption of natural resources.

How does recycling scrap metal help the environment?

Recycling your metal helps prevent excessive mining of metal ores, saving manufacturers large amounts of money and energy resources. Recycling scrap metal also helps reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill sites, which in turn reduces the amount of chemical and visual pollution.

Can scrap metal go in my recycling bin?

While scrap metal is recyclable, most cities do not do pick up scrap metal placed on the curb. Small metal objects such as aluminum soda and food cans can be placed in recycle bins and collected. However, you must take larger metal items to recycling centers yourself.

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. Before getting rid of extra paint, make sure it’s dried first. 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. Ability to collect these items may vary by franchise location.

What types of scrap 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 the most popular metals that are recycled are:

At 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, we’re scrap metal removal experts. We know how to handle all unwanted scrap and work with local recycling facilities to ensure proper disposal of both metal and non-metal components.

Uniformed TOM ready to remove & dispose of your scrap metals
  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Cast Iron
  • Copper
  • Steel
  • Tin
  • Lead
  • Zinc
  • Nickel
Uniformed TOM ready to remove & dispose of your scrap metals

Frequently Asked Questions

What can scrap metals be reused for?

One of the benefits of recycling metal is that it can be used over and over again. A single metal item could be turned into several items over the course of a lifetime.

Aluminum, copper, brass, steel, and iron are the most common metals that are recycled and turned into new products. Some examples of these new products include:

  • Appliances
  • Building materials
  • Automobiles
  • Aircraft equipment
  • Plumbing
  • Canned goods
  • Beverage containers
  • Furnishings
  • Fixtures
  • Lighting

Recycling scrap metal is one of the most eco-friendly ways to handle old junk. Before tossing it into the garbage, take advantage of these materials’ true value and send them to be recycled.