If you’re new to the game of selling scrap metal, you may not know where to start.
Maybe you have a bunch of tools lying around your garage or shed. Perhaps you’ve got some old cars on your property. Or maybe, you have no previous experience with scrapping and want to get involved. Wherever you are in your scrap metal journey, it’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed with the amount of information out there – in person and online.
By selling and recycling your scrap metal, you’re doing your part to reduce the amount of ore mining worldwide. Metals such as steel, brass, iron, aluminum, and copper often end in the garbage due to a lack of knowledge and metal recycling resources. Here at C.D. Dodd, we’re trying to educate Western Australia on the opportunity to recycle metals and make some cash in the process.
C.D. Dodd is the leading buyer of scrap metals in Western Australia, and we’ve been in the business long enough to know where to look, where to start, and what to do when you’ve rounded up some scrap you’d like to turn into dollars. So here are some tips on what to look for and when to cash in.
The Best Materials And How Much They’re Worth
- Copper $$$$ – You can find copper in everyday household items, from plumbing pipes and air conditioners to electrical wires and plastic insulation. Scrap recycling companies like seeing copper.
- Brass $$ – Door handles, keys, and bathroom fixtures are made of brass quite often. This heavy and durable material goes a long way at the scrapyard because of how heavy it is.
- Steel $ – You won’t get a lot for your steel, but it is wise to recycle it anyway. You can find steel in everyday household objects such as cabinets, chairs, and shelving units.
- Aluminum $ – Soda cans and other aluminum items, such as siding, gutters, and window frames, might not make you rich overnight. Still, over 80 percent of aluminum can be recycled, making this one of the most essential recyclable materials on earth.
Everyday Items That Contain Metal
Here are some of the most common items you can score scrap metal from.
- Electric motors – scrap this whole for the best time investment.
- Computer towers – take apart your PC tower and remove the motherboard, low-grade boards, power supplies, hard drive, and RAM with all casings.
- Microwaves – take apart to score the casing, copper wiring, low-grade board, and the electric motor for the highest cash return.
- Refrigerators – make sure you have a certified technician remove the freon from the appliance before stripping it of its sealed unit and copper tubing.
- Air conditioning units – freon should be removed before scoring the copper tubing, steel casing, electric motor, and fan coils.