Who doesn’t like some extra money from time to time? Especially in today’s world where the cost of living is increasing on a daily basis, a boost to your income can be a welcome relief. So, if you are looking for ways to earn some easy cash, you can do so by recycling scrap metal. Items made of metal that are thrown away by people because that have lived their life, are going to be the tools of your new trade. Besides earning some money by recycling metal, you will also be doing a good deed saving your environment.
Selling scrap metal is a profitable venture but you’ll need to know more about where you can collect it. So read on…
1. Stay alert and keep your eyes wide open: Many people are under the impression that collecting scrap metal means traveling a lot and is, therefore, time consuming. But this is untrue. However, what you really need to do is stay alert and keep your eyes wide open for scraps of metals like old washing machines, cans, car parts, steel rods, bars, and just about any other item like this. Being keenly observant will help you find many metal scraps in and around your own neighborhood. Then you can also visit the various dumping sites that allow you to pick up useless metal pieces for free.
2. Talk to people: You can also talk to your neighbors directly and inform that you collect metal scrap and you will be happy to come pick up their junk whenever they are ready to dispose it. That way, you’ll have the first opportunity to collect metal junk for recycling.
3. Check with plumbers, car repair shops, and electricians: Humans dispose off large amounts of metal junk on a regular basis from their homes. Plumbers, electricians, and car repair shops are therefore an excellent resource for collecting metal scrap. You can count on these people for metal junk like home appliances, gadgets, air conditioners, water heaters, and so on. Since they don’t have time to dispose these things themselves, they will be happy to let you have it. They may even give you some extra money to remove this junk too!
4. Storing all the junk: After having collected all this scrap metal, you may face the problem of storing it, especially if you don’t have a large enough home or a garage or backyard. What you can do is tie up with a friend or neighbor to use their backyard or vacant space lot for storage or then rent out such a space. But make sure the rented space is a safe place.
5. Sorting the junk: Having stored the metals, it’s time to sort them out in different groups. This will help you manage and make an inventory of the junk quickly and easily.
6. Cutting important parts: Most appliances come with many different parts, from metallic to plastic. Some of these parts like copper wires, thermostats etc, can get you a higher price so cut them out and sort them separately.
7. Find a metal dealer: Check yellow pages, online classifieds etc to find scrap metal dealers and sell your junk to the one that offers you the best price.