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Misconceptions About Appliance Scrapping

How much do scrap yards pay for appliances? If you’ve recently replaced an appliance, you may be wondering what to do with the old one. A reputable scrap yard is a good solution for disposing of an old or broken appliance. Sgt. Scrap is the premier scrap metal dealer serving customers in New Jersey, as well as Delaware, southeast Pennsylvania, and parts of New York. Here, we debunk common misconceptions about appliance scrapping and offer helpful insights for those who want to safely dispose of their old appliances.

Misconception #1: Scrap Yards Won’t Accept Appliances

Every scrap yard is different, but many do accept common household appliances such as refrigerators or microwaves. If you have an old appliance and you’re not sure what to do with it, contact your local scrap yard. Even if they do not accept a particular item, they may be able to advise you on the best way to dispose of it safely.

Misconception #2: Scrapping Is Bad for the Environment

Large appliances often contain metal such as steel that can be recycled and reused in future manufacturing processes. Scrapping your appliances takes them out of the waste stream and reduces the need for mining and processing new metal for use in manufacturing and production. Scrap yards also remove hazardous materials from scrap appliances before breaking them down so any chemicals are disposed of properly.

Misconception #3: Only Commercial Businesses Can Use Scrap Yards

This is a common misconception, but it’s simply not the case. At Sgt. Scrap, we work with all kinds of customers. You don’t have to be a professional scrap dealer or a major company to get a fair price for your material. Homeowners are welcome to visit our scrap yard locations to drop off items like household appliances and old vehicles. We also accept many kinds of e-scrap, such as hard drives, computer towers, servers, and PC boards.

Misconception #4: Scrap Yards Aren’t Legitimate Businesses

Some people assume that scrap yards are dirty, unsafe, or aren’t above board in their dealings. Nothing could be further from the truth at Sgt. Scrap. We pride ourselves on maintaining organized, well-run scrap yards where customers can get fair prices for their recyclable material. We’re committed to transparent pricing and regularly update our website with daily prices for metal and e-scrap. Like all scrap yards in the state, we are regulated by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Appliance Scrap Services at Sgt. Scrap

Customers who are seeking a sustainable, responsible way to dispose of appliances they no longer need or use can count on the professionals at Sgt. Scrap. We accept a variety of household items and appliances, such as:

  • Refrigerators
  • Microwaves
  • Air conditioning units
  • Home heaters

If the appliance is still usable, we ask customers to leave it unplugged for several days before bringing it to Sgt. Scrap so that all the internal components have time to cool down fully. We recommend using a dolly or hand truck for heavy or bulky appliances so you can move them in and out of your vehicle safely. You do not need to make an appointment for appliance scrapping – simply drop off your items any time during business hours at one of our locations.

Please Note: Sgt. Scrap does not offer cleanout services. Appliances are drop-off only; we do not offer appliance pickup.

Learn More About Recycling With Sgt. Scrap

If you need to get rid of an old appliance, choose a trusted scrap yard to recycle it safely. At Sgt. Scrap, we’re proud to provide excellent customer service for homeowners and commercial clients. In addition to appliance recycling, we purchase scrap metal and recycle old or unusable vehicles through our auto salvage yard. We provide roll-off dumpsters for job sites or home renovations, and we offer mobile pickup services for volumes of non-ferrous scrap metal over 500 pounds. Sgt. Scrap serves a large area, including:

  • All of New Jersey
  • All of Delaware
  • Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia and Bucks, Delaware, Chester, and Montgomery counties
  • Long Island and Staten Island in New York

The team at Sgt. Scrap is available to answer any questions. For more information about our appliance scrap yards, contact us today.

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