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Best Things to Scrap for Money During Your Move

Moving homes can be overwhelming, but one good part of the process is having the opportunity to take inventory of the things you own. This can be a great time to reduce clutter, get rid of outdated items, and even find scrap metal to recycle. Recycling scrap metal can earn you some pocket change while clearing out items around the house and preventing them from going to landfills.

Sgt. Scrap is a scrap metal dealer serving New Jersey, Delaware, and parts of Pennsylvania and New York, with drop-off and pick-up scrap metal services. Here, we share information about the best things to scrap for money during your next move.


Did you know that every year millions of tons of appliances are thrown into landfills in the U.S.? One way to prevent this number from growing even more is by participating in appliance recycling. This process involves bringing your old or outdated appliances to a scrap metal dealer so they can be stripped of materials and recycled into new products. Recycling your appliances can help cut down on costs and resources that would be needed to make appliances from scratch.

Sgt. Scrap offers appliance recycling services that can accept larger appliances that other dealers can’t, including air conditioners, heaters, microwaves, and refrigerators. Customers should note this service is drop-off only. If you’re moving and have appliances on your hands that you’re not sure what to do with, bring them to one of Sgt. Scrap’s convenient locations.


If you’re moving to a city and no longer need your old, rusty car, selling it to a scrap metal dealer is an option for you to make some cash. Even if the car no longer runs, it will still have a lot of scrap metal that makes up the rims, alternator, catalytic converter, and more. Rather than trying to sell a clunker to a dealership or just sending your car to the junkyard, you can drop off your old car at a scrap metal dealer to be recycled. This lets you get paid right away and benefits the environment by decreasing the need for more material mining.

At Sgt. Scrap, we have an auto salvage yard at our scrap yard in Pennsauken Township, NJ, that will take your old vehicles off your hands and compensate you fairly. Learn more about the auto salvage services we can offer you today.

Pipes and Fixtures

A common source of scrap metal that you can find right in your home is pipes and fixtures. If you’re replacing old parts before you move out, you can gather them and take them to a scrap metal dealer for some money. Pipes and plumbing lines are often made with copper, a valuable material that is easy to recycle. Faucets, doorknobs, and light switch plates can have brass parts that can be recycled and traded in for money.

At Sgt. Scrap, the metals we buy are both ferrous and non-ferrous, including copper, aluminum, stainless steel, brass, lead, alloy, and more. We’re also proud to offer competitive pricing that adapts as demand changes.


Moving is an excellent time to get rid of old electronic devices that are broken, rarely used, or just plain ancient. Don’t just put them out by the curb though – take them to a scrap metal dealer that accepts e-scrap, or scraps from electronics. The internal parts and materials in many electronic devices can be refurbished and recycled and you can get paid for them. Sgt. Scrap buys e-scrap, and it can either be picked up if it meets the weight requirement of 500 pounds or dropped off in smaller amounts.

Miscellaneous Items

As you’re clearing out your things and packing up boxes, chances are you’ll have a junk pile of miscellaneous items you’re not sure whether to keep, throw out, or recycle. Take a good look through this pile to see if you can scrap any items for money. Some examples you may have around the house include:

  • Copper pots and pans
  • Patio furniture
  • Lawn chairs
  • Aluminum gutters
  • Window frames
  • Electrical wiring
  • Stainless steel cutlery or pans
  • Bicycles
  • Old tools or parts
  • Musical instruments

These items often contain valuable metals that scrap metal dealers will pay you for. At Sgt. Scrap, we offer drop-off and mobile pickup options for scrap metal for added convenience. The minimum weight for mobile pickup is 500 pounds.

Schedule Your Scrap Pickup Today

Make some extra money during your moving process by collecting scrap metal around the house and recycling it. Sgt. Scrap is a premier scrap metal dealer offering recycling and specialized scrap metal services that can provide you with some pocket change while helping the environment. Contact us today to learn more or schedule a pickup in New Jersey, as well as Delaware, southeast Pennsylvania, and parts of New York.

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