SCRAP NEWS | Metal Monday

Metal Monday: History of Copper

Copper is one of the oldest known elements to have been used for tools, trading, and decorative pieces. Dating back thousands of years you will be able to see copper used in multiple uses from trading coins to hunting tools. Today copper is found in almost every electronic that you see and is one of […]

Metal Monday: Scrapping Ballasts

How to recycle scrap metal ballasts

Ballasts are all over the place…you might not “see,” them…but they help you see wherever you are. Inside of all types of lights there are different types of ballasts. From copper to electronic ballasts they are all over the place and need to be looked for when you are scrapping. There are a few different […]

iScrap App Hacks: Resourceful Tips

use the iScrap App to learn about metals

The iScrap App is a great tool to use while on the go with your scrap metal recycling or if you are looking for resources in the scrap industry. The iScrap App has thousands of users using the app through Android and iOS devices. Also with over millions of views online, the iScrap App is […]

Metal Monday: Roofing Copper or Light Copper

Light copper, also known as roofing copper or #3 copper is most commonly found as accent pieces on homes, buildings, and even inside of buildings. Many gutters on old homes and buildings were made of light copper because of how they accented the building. Other places that you can find light copper? Copper pots and […]

Metal Monday: Reselling Computer Towers

Reselling computers towers instead of scrap metal

Computer towers are all over the place, libraries, your own house, maybe the office. But computer towers can be so much more then just scrap sometimes. A lot of computer towers can be repurposed and resold for more then scrap value if you know how to put new hard drives in and update some software…but […]

Metal Monday: Dirty Stainless Steel Scrap

Dirty stainless steel. You find it, you see it, you sell it. Pretty simple right? You probably see some of the small amount of contaminants on it and think to yourself that there won’t be a big discount for small amounts of material, but you never know. Then you get to the scrap yard, you […]

Metal Monday: E-Scrap & Data Destruction

Destroying hard drives for scrap metal recycling

A lot of people ask about data destruction when we talk about electronic scrap, and while this may not be a traditional “Metal Monday,” it is something that can be scrap related very often. Data destruction is a big part of the scrap metal business and you may be able to make a few extra […]

Metal Monday – Brass Is An Alloy

Let’s start kicking some “brass” today! Brass is an alloy (remember, alloys are made up of different element metals) that comes in a variety of forms. Brass is generally made up of copper and zinc, but depending on the application there will be other metals inside as well. Brass is a very common item that […]

Metal Monday: Reselling Computer Parts

Reselling computer parts beyond the scrap yard is easy

Computer towers are all over the place, libraries, your own house, maybe the office. But computer towers can be so much more then just scrap sometimes. A lot of computer towers can be repurposed and resold for more then scrap value if you know how to put new hard drives in and update some software….but […]

Metal Monday: Carbide

Many people see drill bits and think that they are carbide or tungsten drill bits…but how do you really know? On carbide drill bits (tungsten is what makes up the bit) they will often be marked CARBIDE. They have a much denser feel to them than normal steel drill bits do. Where will you find them? […]

Metal Monday: Types of Electric Motors for Scrap

Electric motors vary some are copper bearing, other aluminum.

So you are thinking about scrapping electric motors, and you wonder what’s inside of them? Well…metal of course! Electric motors are used to power many types of devices from the simple spinning glass inside of a microwave all the way up to the engines on planes. Inside of electric motors there are windings, and that […]

Metal Monday – Scrapping Cars

Many people ask us about how to scrap cars…and that’s a GREAT question. Cars have many different metals that make them up. Steel Aluminum Copper Stainless Steel Lead Platinum Gold All of these metals are difficult to sort and separate to sell as is, and that is why scrap yards buy the cars whole. Some […]