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What Metals Does My Local Scrap Yard Recycle?

Scrap metals are important, and often are as important after recycling as they are in their original state. From the soda in your hand to the side of your car, the recycled metals industry makes up a huge portion of the metal used in industry today. Have extra scrap metal lying around from a project, renovation, or new build? You can get paid to bring in certain types of metal instead of taking it to a dump. To learn what type of metals a scrap yard near you takes, keep reading.

Can I Recycle Railroad Metal at a Scrap Metal Yard?

Finding resources and information about scrap law can be a chore. Luckily, as a Tennessee scrap metal recycling company, we have inside information for you to prevent having to spend hours online tracking down useful, correct information about scrap metal laws, regulations, safety information, and other resources. Today, we’ll discuss utility scrap, and what you can and cannot recycle at a metal recycling yard should you find them on your property or otherwise legally come into possession of metals that once belonged to a city or state municipality.

Commercial/Industrial Roll-Off Services

Roane Metals Group in East Tennessee's various roll-off dumpsters for industrial and commercial roll-off services

Manufacturing companies and other organizations that produce business waste are responsible for arranging the collection, treatment, and disposal of their commercial or industrial waste. Just managing your business’s waste can be a full-time job, filled with hassle, headaches, and challenges. Commercial and Industrial roll-off services by third-party metal recycling companies have become a highly attractive option for a business looking to outsource their waste management, as it can completely remove the work associated with planning for transportation and disposal of commercial/industrial scrap metal. Additionally, industrial roll-off services transform the cost center of scrap removal into an additional form of revenue

Earth Day: Repurpose, Reuse, and Recycle Your Scrap Metals!

Scrap metal recycling yard in East Tennessee with a large excavator pulling up scrap metal to move it to another part of the yard.

Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22nd and is recognized by more than 193 countries. On this day, people demonstrate and promote awareness of environmental issues around the globe. We are honoring our planet by writing about sustainability through repurposing, reusing, and recycling scrap metals. As new products continually enter the marketplace and your home, it is crucial that older metal products find a purpose, instead of filling our trash bins and ultimately taking up unnecessary space in landfills. This Earth Day, make it your goal to collect and repurpose, reuse, or recycle your metals. Here is some inspiration

How to Get the Most Out of Your Scrap Metal Recycling

Scrapping metal is a process, and people who bring in metals to be recycled are often paid on the spot, reaping the rewards of their labor. The environment benefits from scrapping, while the ability to generate income is provided which in turn benefits the economy. Some scrappers even recycle metals as a full-time job! Regardless, there is a steady stream of revenue produced whenever recycling metals. Learn how to get the most out of your time and efforts below.

Scrap Metal Considerations for Global Recycling Day

Last year, first-time events celebrating recycling efforts were hosted on a global level as the United Nations Industrial Development Organization stepped in to support Global Recycling Day as an official holiday. The events surrounding the first Global Recycling Day highlighted the need for partnerships worldwide to advocate and engage communities, businesses, and political entities toward recycling efforts. Since materials recycling occurs locally, our communities must be set up to support global efforts.

Economic Benefits of Scrap Metal Recycling

Reduce, reuse, recycle. The motto has been present for decades encouraging us to use materials wisely and recycle as often as we can. Recycling scrap metal is one way to better the environment, as 100% of the metal that is recycled is repurposed, helping our environment. Yet, how does this impact our economy? We have researched some ways that your contribution of recycling scrap metal is making the economy more robust.

The Aluminum Can Recycling Process

Recycled aluminum cans squashed into a brick and being moved by a fork lift in an east Tennessee scrap yard

Aluminum is an amazingly versatile material. Aluminum is almost 100% recyclable and appears in many goods including furniture and appliances. Aluminum also holds up well during the aluminum recycling process, so it can be continuously recycled. Nearly two-thirds of the aluminum ever created is still in use as aluminum. Another fun fact about aluminum can recycling is that if you used all the aluminum scrap processed in the US in a year and used it only to make recycled aluminum cans, the lined-up cans would stretch from Earth all the way to Venus.

Understanding Scrap Metal Pricing – Tips for What to Expect

scrap metal recycling yard with crane and metal recycling

The price you receive for recycling your scrap metal is dependent upon numerous factors within and outside of the scrap metal industry.  If you follow the news, you may be aware of the conversations that have been going on since February 2018 regarding metal tariffs that would affect the cost of trade for countries, except Mexico and Canada, importing metal products into the United States.  However, these tariffs are not the only player in this game.  Other factors that are, or can, affect scrap metal pricing include lack of export of recycled metal materials, a scrap supply that is greater