Scrapping Aluminum Street Signs

scrapping aluminum street signs

Aluminum road or street signs are almost always an excellent item to sell at scrap yards, but there are a few things that you need to know before you sell them. The first thing is to make sure that you are allowed to scrap the road signs. Sometimes, if the signs belong to the town or local municipality, you don’t want to take them just because it is on the side of the road. Some scrap yards will only take signs from qualified organizations, so you must know beforehand.

You’re Not Going To See Scrap Road Signs For Sale

Be careful when scrapping aluminum street signs; many scrap yards will avoid buying them because they could be stolen. When you are bringing any street signs in for scrap, be sure you have permission to recycle them. If you have permission from the town or city, getting a document stating that you are allowed to have them may be a good idea. You can ask for a document with your name on it stating you are allowed to recycle these.

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Why You Won’t Get A Clean Aluminum Price

While road or street signs may look clean, they are almost always covered with a plastic reflective side with words or directional signage. Because of that, you will never be able to sell the road signs for a clean aluminum price unless you spend the time peeling all of the plastic off (which we do not recommend because it’s time-consuming). This could become a tricky thing to do, and you will have a tough time cleaning them perfectly. There will probably be some glue left over, which will still make the road sign dirty.

Be Sure To Use Your Magnet

You also want to look out for steel brackets that may be attached to the road signs. While the signs are almost always made of aluminum, the brackets and screws that they use to mount them are generally steel, so make sure to take that part off. Also, the poles often used for street signs are still, so be sure to disconnect them from the aluminum sign to get the best price for your scrap.

I hope this helps when you are dealing with road signs; let us know how your scrapping goes!