Metal Monday: Scrapping Food Cans

Food cans for scrap metalFood cans whether then be from drinks or food can be a tough item to get rid of and having some tips about what to do with them will help. There are a lot of scrap yards that will not even accept food cans of any type, and if that is the case it is best to call ahead of time…but if you find a scrap yard that does here are a few tips.

How To Prepare Food Cans for the Scrap Yard

  • Wash out the cans ahead of time. One thing that no scrap yard wants are food particles that will be all over the metal that they are trying to sell.
  • Try not to crush them. Even though it may take up more space, scrap yards like to see that the cans are empty and nothing is left inside of them.
  • Sort aluminum vs. steel cans. Not all food cans were made to be the same, and knowing that they are different is half of the battle…the other half is actually separating them. Be sure to use your magnet to tell the difference between aluminum and steel.

When you are collecting cans keep in mind where you are getting them from. If you are collecting them from residential or commercial property it is safer to ask for permission to collect them before you take them. Remember trespassing to even collect scrap metal is illegal.

When you are scrapping food cans, it is similar to aluminum cans. Sometimes scrap yards may not accept them, or they may have certain restrictions for accepting them. They may ask for them to not be crushed or encourage you to wash them out. So be sure to ask a few questions when you are preparing them.

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