Recycling metal helps the environment in two ways: first, it keeps toxic chemicals from seeping into the soil and water; and second, it lessens the need to mine new ore. Plus, you can earn hundreds of dollars by selling your industrial scrap metal Waynesville rather than hauling it to the nearest dump!
Here are three sources of scrap metal that you might not have known you could recycle.
1. Kitchen Appliances
According to the American Iron and Steel Institute, due to recent appliance recycling efforts, all steel kitchen appliances on the market today are made from recycled materials. However, your stainless-steel fixtures aren’t only worth scrapping for their steel. Large appliances, such as refrigerators and dishwashers, often contain valuable copper piping that will sell for big bucks. Computer chips and small amounts of gold can be found within microwaves.
Don’t stop at the appliances! If you have pots, pans, or metal utensils that you no longer need, add them to your scrap pile for a few extra dollars.
2. Barges and Boats
When it comes to the scrapping industry, barges are mainly used for transporting scrap metal from Point A to Point B. However, when barges are no longer useful, they might turn into scrap metal themselves! They are not the only seafaring vessels that can be scrapped. Old aluminum boats sell for a pretty penny, as do defunct jet skis.
If you are planning to scrap your boat, make sure to remove any fiberglass, plastic, or wooden components. Fiberglass is usually not recyclable, and some scrap services will not accept vessels with plastic or wood still attached to them.
3. Rails and Railroad Cars
Did your property once have a railroad running through it? Old railroad tracks can add a certain industrial aesthetic charm to your estate, but if they are merely in your way, scrap them! The same goes for any old railroad cars that might be rusting in the backwoods of your property.
Don’t dump your junk into a landfill. Recycle it for scrap metal. The Earth – and your wallet – will thank you for it.