Scrap metal pick up and recycling near you
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.
Why should you hire 1-800-GOT-JUNK? for scrap metal pickup and recycling services?
When you call our friendly crew to help take care of your scrap metal, you scrap all the pain and hassle that normally comes along with it too! 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, and do all the heavy lifting and recycling when possible to save your back, your time and your peace of mind—so find a 1-800-GOT-JUNK? location near you now.
How our pricing works
The final cost of your junk removal can vary greatly depending on what we take, how much needs to be removed and how big of a crew will be needed to get the job done. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is always happy to provide you with a free onsite, zero-obligation estimate, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Click here to see our pricing.
Scrap metal removal FAQs
How to recycle scrap metal
How does your old scrap metal go from sitting in or around your home to getting recycled and reused for new metal?
Scrap metal collection
First thing’s first, you have to gather up your scrap metal and haul it to a local metal recycling facility. Doing this yourself requires separating the varying types of metals, carrying them to and from your vehicle, and hauling it to a metal recycling facility. Alternatively, you can call a credible junk removal company, like 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to do all of this for you. When you call us, all you have to do is point!
Scrap Metal Recycling
Once the metal has been sorted and taken to a metal recycling facility, it gets cleaned and purified before being shredded into tiny pieces. The shredded pieces are then put in an industrial furnace and melted down. This can take minutes or hours depending on the type of metal being recycled. With vats of hot metal, the recycling facility then pours the molten metal into molds. The molds can vary in shapes such as ingots, bars, sheets, or tubes. The molten metal is given time to cool and harden before being removed from the molds.
Now that the metal recycling facility has created easily-manipulated shapes, they can deliver this to their final production point. Factories and construction sites will purchase the recycled metal and build new materials with them. Often, recycled metals are used to make automotive parts, appliances, food packaging, home furniture, and construction materials.
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 possibly renting a truck or van, loading your junk, and hauling it to the yard yourself.
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 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. The ability to collect these items may vary by franchise location.
Types of scrap metal we’ll take & recycle
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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