A Guide to Scrapping Metal This Holiday Season

Since the fall season is in full swing, you’re probably starting to notice that the holidays are just around the corner, which also means the busy time of the year is here. Whether you’re hosting family and friends over for the holiday or your gift list is exceptionally lengthy this year, de-cluttering your home to free up some space and earning some extra cash are likely two goals on your radar.
Scrapping metal this season can help you work toward both goals. This post lists places you may have extra metal that you can consider scrapping this holiday season.

Patio Furniture

Steel and aluminum pieces are great for enjoying time outdoors; however, they do have one big drawback — they don’t last forever. If you have a rusted or damaged set or one that you just aren’t using anymore, there is no reason to store it in the garage where it is taking up valuable space, you can scrap it.

By scraping the metal, you can make your lawn look better, and if it’s in the garage, you can make room for your car. If you’re unsure whether your patio furniture is a candidate for the scrap yard, you can test it with a magnet first. If the magnet sticks, there’s a good chance you can take it to the yard.

Just make sure you clean the furniture first to remove any excess dirt, rubber attachments or webbing.

Gutters and Siding

Due to falling leaves and heavy snowfall, a number of homeowners pay attention to the condition of their gutters during this time of the year. If you recently had your gutters inspected and found out you need to replace some sections, don’t hold on to the old gutters and wonder what you should do with them.

Before taking these pieces to the yard, it’s best to remove any fasteners so that you can break down the gutters and make them as compact as possible. This step will help the scrap yard process your materials faster and make transport easier. It’s also not a bad idea to wash the gutters to remove any debris that may be stuck inside.

Aluminum siding is another object great for scrapping metal.

Equipment and Tools

If you don’t think you have a lot of extra, unused equipment sitting around your home, you might want to reconsider. In fact, the average American household has somewhere around 300,000 items in it, which is astounding.

In many houses, this long list of items includes larger objects like axes and rakes, but it also includes smaller pieces from inside your home, like old coffee cans that you’ve been saving or aluminum bakeware that you’re no longer using.

Even if you don’t have some of these items now, after the holidays you’re likely to have some extra cans and bakeware that you no longer need. While going through your belongings, don’t overlook electronic equipment as well, the outdated analog TV in the basement, the collection of old cell phones and the DVD player collecting dust can be transformed into cash.

If you’re not sure what equipment and tools can be recycled, always ask first before just tossing it in the trash.

If you have a very large load or can’t transport the load to the yard on your own, some scrap yards do have options for picking up your load, for example, here at Sikora Metals, we extend this benefit to our commercial and residential customers alike.

At Sikora Metals, we like to think of ourselves as your one-stop-shop for metal scrapping. With a team of professionals with years of industry experience and an expansive operation, we can help you get rid of unwanted items around your home that can free up space and put a little extra money in your wallet. Come visit us to see how we can help you.