Scrap metal recycling has grown increasingly popular as a way for people to make extra money. If you are thinking about entering this industry, there are some things you must know to help you maximize your efforts. So with that in mind, here are the answers to some common questions people often ask about scrap metal recycling.

Where Can One Go To Find Legitimate Scrap Metal Buyers? — Selling scrap metal for recycling can be a dicey proposition if you don’t deal with a reputable buyer, because you may get short-changed or outright cheated by buyers who don’t follow the prevailing rate for scrap metal. That’s why it’s imperative that you visit the Australian Metal Recycling Industry Association website to use as a resource before you choose a scrap metal buyer. The AMRIA has a list of scrap metal buyers located in New South Wales, Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia. The AMRIA lists both high volume commercial scrap metal recyclers and scrap metal buyers who buy in smaller volumes.

What is the Difference Between Ferrous and Non-ferrous Scrap Metal? — Ferrous scrap metal is any metal that contains iron. These types of scrap metal are usually heavier and harder and are often used in commercial recycling. Because of their size and weight, ferrous scrap metal is less sought after than non-ferrous scrap metals, which are any metals that do not have any iron. Some common examples of non-ferrous scrap metals are nickel, tin, brass, copper, zinc and aluminium. Scrap metal buyers prefer non-ferrous metals, because they are lighter and easier to reshape than ferrous metals. Non-ferrous metals also don’t rust as quickly as ferrous metals, because they don’t contain iron, which is a main source of corrosion.

Are Cars a Good Source of Scrap Metal? — Yes, old vehicles are an outstanding source of scrap metal, because they contain aluminum and copper in great amounts. Copper is a sought-after scrap metal, and the starter, alternator, radiator and electrical connections in your vehicle contain copper and are sellable to scrap metal buyers. You can also sell aluminium components of your car, such as the wheel rims, front and rear bumpers and pistons. The body panels on your vehicle also contain a good amount of aluminium, which is a metal that is lightweight enough to be easily reshaped and remade into other products, and therefore loved by many scrap metal dealers.

For more information and tips, you can contact a local scrap metal recycling company.