Selling scrap metal is a fun way to dispose of belongings that you no longer need while also making money. You can make your trip easier and more profitable by avoiding the following mistakes.
Not Knowing Your Metal
You will have an easier time selling your scrap metal if you know the exact types of metal you have, as well as their grades. If you know the type of metal and its grade, you know how much you will be able to sell your scrap metal for.
You will also earn more money if you separate your scrap metal. Since you are paid different prices for each different kind, you can be compensated for each type of metal when you separate them by type and grade.
Not Preparing Your Metal
Clean your scrap metal before bringing it to the scrapyard. Remove non-metallic materials, such as rubber. You will receive more money if you disassemble your vehicle rather than simply dropping the item off while it is still intact. Do not include trash that isn’t recyclable.
To simplify the metal recycling process, you should pack your vehicle in a way that makes unloading scrap metal easier. You are better off loading your scrap metal onto the back of a truck so that you can back up and easily unload everything. Also, by keeping everything organized, you are less likely to lose any of the parts you wish to sell.
Moving scrap metal can be tough work. Wear personal protective equipment throughout the process. For instance, wear steel-toed boots to protect your feet from falling metal parts. You should also wear workers gloves to protect your hands from cuts and sharp metal edges.Not Tying Everything Down
Make sure that everything you are transporting to the scrapyard is safely tied down. You don’t want any of your metal to be lost by falling off the roof and potentially placing other drivers at risk. Place a bright cloth over any metal hanging off the edge of your truck.
Overloading Your Truck
Scrap metal can be heavy, so make sure that your truck is prepared to haul such a weight. Know the weight of your vehicle and add it to the weight of your scrap haul to make sure you do not place too much strain on your engine. The maximum gross vehicle weight not only factors in the cargo but also the passengers.
Not Checking Scrap Metal Prices
Not Calling Beforehand
Call us before you bring in your scrap metal. There are certain materials that we do not accept including:
- Public property
- Materials containing asbestos
- Appliances that contain refrigerants
- Shell casings
- Burnt copper wires
- Copper wire from a utility company