While you’ll often hear about how to get the best price for scrapping your car, did you also know that you could be making money from some of the old metal items you have lying around your property? Here’s everything you need to know about selling your scrap metal.
Why Sell Your Scrap Metal?
Most people would agree that some extra cash would come in handy, whether it’s saving towards a family holiday or finally getting some home improvements sorted. Selling your old scrap metal is a fast and easy way to raise some additional funds. Even if your item no longer functions or it’s damaged, if it contains certain types of metal, it could be worth something. Many people simply throw items away or take them to a waste recycling tip without realising they could make some money out of the metal present on the unwanted items.
Ferrous vs Non-Ferrous Metal Items
When deciphering which of your items are ideal for a scrap dealer, they may request you only provide non-ferrous metals. These are metals which don’t contain iron (so don’t rust easily), including aluminium, brass, copper, lead and some types of stainless steel. Look for items which may contain high amounts of non-ferrous metals, including copper wires, catalytic converters, batteries and other items which aren’t magnetic. You may even find parts of old appliances, including nuts, bolts, screws and old plumbing parts such as pipes and faucets are made of valuable metals. You could also think about whether there’s anything in your property you’ll be replacing soon which you could also sell for scrap, including aluminium window frames. It’s good practice to separate the metal from the non-metal parts of the item if possible to help you get the best price, including any plastic casing.
Who Buys Scrap Metal?
When selling your scrap metal, it’s important only to use a reputable dealer who is licensed to offer this type of service. In 2013, there were some significant amendments made to the Scrap Metal Dealers Act, which now means it’s illegal for companies to pay for scrap metal with cash. The company you choose should have a license issued by their local authority, so always request to see this if you’re unsure about any of the services they’re offering.
Our Scrap Metal Collection Service
We understand the importance of a simple process for our customers. It means you know you can always exchange your non-ferrous metals as quickly and as easily as possible. You don’t have to make a special trip. When you get in touch, we’ll come straight to you, weighing your items on our vehicle scales. We’ll then provide a competitive, free quotation. If you choose to accept, we can make a direct payment, taking your metal away for recycling at an Authorised Treatment Facility.