How to Recycle Metal:
There are many reasons why you should be recycling metal, but right now, the most obvious one is that if you aren’t, you’re losing serious money.
The growing economies in China and India have increased a global demand for scrap metal, and when demand goes up, the price goes up as well.
I recently sold an old van with 300,000 miles on it for 200 dollars. I felt a little guilty, because the van need a lot of work, until my cousin told me the van probably could have fetched me $400 in scrap metal alone, and that is probably what the purchaser is going to do with it.
Besides the money factor, recycle metal means that less metal needs to be taken from strip mines. Metal is found in rocks. The rocks are mined, crushed, and treated with chemicals that help extract the metal from the rocks. This costly process leaves toxic byproducts and pollutes the Earth. It is much easier and it makes much more sense to use the scrap metal that is already extracted.
The most recycled metal in the world is aluminum, and it is mostly recycled in the form of aluminum cans. Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a television for 3 hours, and aluminum can be recycled over and over again. It’s very easy for aluminum to be reformed, and once you drop off your cans, they can be recycled and back on the shelves in as little as 60 days. Recently, I took three regular sized trash bags full of crushed aluminum cans to the recycling center, and they gave me 13 dollars for them!
Recycling Scrap Metal
It’s easy to recycle metal. For scrap metal, simply load it into the back of a pickup truck and take it to a recycling center. If you don’t have a access to a pickup truck, simply look in the classified area of your local paper for people who want scrap metal. They will come to your home and haul it away for you. This also works for any old cars you want to get rid of.
If you want to eliminate the middleman and receive the maximum amount of money for your junk car yourself, look in the yellow pages for a place that junks cars. When you find a place close to your home, call them for an idea of what kind of money you can expect, check with some local towing services about hauling the car there.
Recycle Aluminum Cans
If you want to know how to recycle aluminum cans, it’s easy. All you need is a separate receptacle for aluminum cans, and a can crusher. The can crusher can be found in most hardware stores, and what it does is compact the can so that you will be able to store more in your aluminum receptacle, as well as get your weight up. When you are done with an aluminum can, simply crush it and put it in your aluminum receptacle. When your receptacle gets full, simply pull out the trash bag, and start over again. When you get enough bags full of cans, take them to your recycling center.
So as you can see, recycling metal is fun, easy, and can be profitable. Once you get in the habit of doing it, you will wonder why you didn’t do it before. If you have any interesting tips about any aspect of how to recycle metal, or alternatively any questions regarding how to recycle metal, please Contact Us by just clicking the link!