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Jul 25 2022

What to Know Before You Start Collecting Scrap Metal 

Recycling scrap metal is something valuable that you can do for both the planet and your pocketbook. That’s right—not only does recycling scrap metal keep materials in production and out of the landfill, but you can also get paid cash for scrap metal when you recycle with Belson Steel! That being said, before you start collecting scrap metal, there are a few important things to know—

What Types of Metals Can Be Recycled (And How to Recognize Different Metal Types)

The first thing to understand before starting to collect metal is what type of metal can be recycled. In general, all ferrous and nonferrous metals are recyclable. Ferrous materials refer to iron-containing metals, such as steel and cast iron. Nonferrous metals are metals like aluminum, copper, lead, zinc, and tin. An easy way to tell the two apart is that most ferrous metals are magnetic. 

Keep in mind that in addition to scrap metal, many scrap metal recyclers also accept scrap-containing materials, such as appliances, electronics, old vehicles, etc. 

Current Metal Prices

If you are trying to make money by collecting and selling scrap, you should keep an eye on metal prices. At Belson Steel, we base our metal prices on current market rates. If you want to make more based on the load you bring in, you’ll do better when the market is performing well. 

How to Handle Metal Safely

While collecting scrap metal can be a good way to make money, it can also have its risks. For example, scrap metal can be sharp and rusty, posing the risk of a cut and possible infection. In some cases, toxic substances may also be present. It’s a good idea to always wear proper safety equipment and avoid any metal that could possibly be contaminated with toxins or otherwise hazardous. 

Where You Can Sell Scrap Metal for Cash

Finally, in addition to knowing the above, you should have a plan for where you’ll sell your scrap metal after it’s collected! Choosing a local scrap metal recycler near you that pays fair rates and has a good reputation is strongly recommended. If you are collecting very large amounts of scrap, you should also consider a scrap recycling company that offers on-site container services. 

Call Belson Steel Today

At Belson Steel, we are a leader in scrap metal recycling in Illinois, Indiana, and the surrounding areas. We pay cash for scrap and handle all metal separation and weighing at our facility. To learn more about our rates and how to sell metal to us, reach out to our team directly by phone or online.

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