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Why You Should Recycle Your Scrap Metal

Metal is ubiquitous in our everyday lives – our cars, home appliances, computers, and even the can that holds your favorite beverage is made of metal. So there’s a significant demand for metal materials – and luckily, there’s a sustainable way to reuse existing metal materials and keep them out of landfills. If you have scrap metal but aren’t sure how to properly dispose of it, a reputable scrap yard can help you out and give you cash in exchange for your scrap. In this post, New Jersey-based Sgt. Scrap (serving New Jersey, Delaware, and parts of Pennsylvania and New York) explains how to recycle your scrap metal responsibly.

What Kinds of Metal Can I Scrap?

There’s a big market for scrap metal materials that can be melted down and repurposed. Rather than putting scrap metal in the garbage, where it will end up taking up space in a landfill, consider selling that metal to a scrap yard. Some scrap material contains toxins that can leach into soil and groundwater, posing an environmental hazard. This is where scrap yards come in: they have the expertise to ensure that scrap metal is handled and recycled appropriately, keeping it out of the waste stream.

Each scrap yard is different, but in general, you’ll find that scrap yards accept:

Some scrap yards, like Sgt. Scrap, also will allow you to drop off items such as home appliances, cars, and car parts.

Guidelines for Scrapping Metal

Typically, scrap yards will offer a flat rate per pound of scrap. Certain types of scrap metal are worth more than others. For example, red brass is priced higher than yellow brass, because it has a higher copper content, making it more valuable. Be sure to ask about payment rates in advance, or check if the scrap yard lists their prices on their website, like Sgt. Scrap does.

Some scrap yards require a certain weight of scrap to qualify for a pickup, so make sure you call ahead to the scrap yard and ask about drop-off and pickup options, as well as minimum weight requirements. To expedite the process, make sure your scrap metal is sorted by type – this will make it easier for the scrap yard to quickly weigh your material and pay you accordingly.

Get in Touch to Sell Your Scrap Metal

Looking to offload your scrap metal and turn it into cash? At Sgt. Scrap, we’ll buy your scrap and ensure that it is salvaged or recycled responsibly. We accept a wide variety of materials at our scrap yards in Haddon Township and Pennsauken Township, NJ, including:

  • Air Conditioners
  • Alloy metals
  • Aluminum
  • Bare Copper
  • Brass Fittings
  • Bronze
  • Carbide
  • Heaters
  • Insulated Copper Wire
  • Iron
  • Radiators
  • Valves
  • Water Heaters

The team at Sgt. Scrap provides excellent customer service coupled with competitive, transparent pricing. Plus, we make the process of offloading scrap metal convenient for you:

  • You can drop off your scrap at one of our locations.
  • You can schedule a pickup at your home, office, or job site.
  • You can order a roll-off dumpster if you need a container for gathering scrap at your job site – we’ll deliver it and pick it up once it’s full.

Sgt. Scrap serves customers in NJ, Delaware, and parts of Pennsylvania and New York. To learn more about our services, contact Sgt. Scrap today.

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