While you may not need to recycle a large amount of metal that often, when you do it’s good to know how to get the most for it. According to R.S. Davis Recycling of Portland, Oregon, two things greatly affect the value of your scrap metal: the condition it’s in, and the current price of the kind of metal you’re selling.
There’s not much you can do about the fluctuating prices of metal, but you can control some other factors. First of all, clean it up – the less work a recycling facility has to do, the more cash you’ll see. Secondly, test it and sort it. If a magnet sticks to your metal, it’s ferrous. If it doesn’t stick you have non-ferrous metal, which is usually more valuable.
And magnets aren’t the only things that stick to recycling metal – so does the sustainability of the practice. In addition to getting extra money, you’ll also be helping reduce the need for more new metal production which is an environmentally intensive process. Look for recycling facilities in your area that, like R.S. Davis Recycling, are LEED certified – meaning they adhere to the highest standards of environmentally-friendly development and energy efficiency.
Whether it’s heavy or not, metal means money for you and savings for the environment!