Best Time for Your Trip to the Scrap Yard

Timing Is Everything

Choosing the best scrap yard based on prices, experience, and location are some of the most important factors when you’re looking to make the most money on your scrap.

Something else you may have not considered to make your scrap yard trip easier was the best time of the year, month, or week to bring your scrap metal in. Below are some of the suggestions we make to help you choose the best time to head over to the scrap yard with your latest haul.

Best & Worst Time of Year

Worst – Winter Months

Going to the scrap yard in the dead of winter is probably not your best bet for the best prices and it will be harder to find scrap metal and work too. The winter weather usually slows down the construction industry, thus slowing down the demand for steel and other commodities, so prices drop and so does business.


Best – Warmer Months

It is more beneficial for you to begin scrapping during the warmer months obviously due to the increase of construction activity. It can be particularly beneficial to scrap as much as you can during the spring time because of the new projects or repairs that had to be held off during the winter. Keep a look out for gutters, roofing, and other jobs like that to help you collect some scrap.

Best & Worst Time of the Month

It is difficult to really pick the best time to scrap during the month based on the happenings at the scrap yard. It is good to keep in mind that during the beginning and end of the month there are a lot of leasers or renters that are moving in or out. So if you live in a busy residential area, it can pay off to ride around during the beginning and end of the month to pick up things that people no longer want or need at their house like TV’s, shelves, bed frames, etc.

Best & Worst Time of the Week

During the week there can be busy and empty days for scrap yards, just like some days for work. The most important thing is to know your scrap yard’s schedule and hours. You can find scrap yards on the iScrap App along with their hours of operation. Getting to know your scrap yard’s operation can help you determine the best and worst times, but this a good place to start.

Worst – Weekends

The worst time to head to the scrap yard will usually be on Saturdays or the weekend in general if you scrap yard is open. Contractors, plumbers, electricians, home owners, and others that have scrap are usually free on the weekends so naturally they will wait until then to bring their scrap in.

Best – Midweek

The best time of the week to bring your scrap into the yard, will usually be midweek. Mondays are busy if people were scrapping over the weekend or need to drop a load off before they head off to the first job of the week. Fridays can also be busy because people could use that day to collect all of their scrap to bring in. So Tuesdays-Thursdays are probably your best option to get in and out of the scrap yard quickly.
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