If you check out the first part of the quick tips for scrapping you learned some easy tricks to make the most from your scrap metal, like copper, brass, and wire. There are many smaller materials that can be taken apart quickly for more money at your scrap yard. The video below shows you some more tips that can help you prepare your materials for your trip to the yard.
Check with your scrap yard if they accept cell phones and if they do check with them if the batteries have to be removed. If they do accept cell phones without batteries be sure to remove them before heading there. Some scrap yards don’t accept the batteries at all so you will have to find a place to bring them. Cell phones are easy to come across whether they are your own, relatives’, or you pick a few up at a local garage sale.
If you are working with scrapping desktop computer towers and other electronics, you will most likely come across some heavy duty wires that are used for monitors, servers, and printers. On the ends of these cords you will see plug boxes or “pins” that will have connectors sticking out. Check with your scrap yard, because you can snip these off the wires and scrap them separately. Generally these plug endings will be worth more money than the wires they were taken off of.
If you don’t clean up your motherboards you are losing out on a lot of money at your scrap yard. There are many components to the motherboard that can make you more money. If you have a few motherboards from your desktop computers, it can be worth you time to remove some of these components. The 3 most common and easiest ones to remove are the RAM boards (memory boards), AL heat sinks, and CPU chips. The AL heat sinks sit on top of the CPU chip and can be snapped off easily. When you remove these items you can usually scrap them separately at your scrap yard and some yards pay better prices for the now “clean” motherboard.
Usually all radiators have steel or plastic ends on both sides of the radiator. If you take a hammer and chisel to knock them off the sides you will remove the steel or plastic. Many scrap yards will pay a better price (around $0.10 difference) to buy your clean brass radiators compared to your dirty ones. And because brass is worth more money and weighs more than aluminum you are really getting your money’s worth when you take a few minutes to remove the steel.