Scrap Metal 101

Most people don’t often think about recycling, and so plastic bottles and soda cans end up in our landfills and take hundreds of years to disintegrate. People often don’t know they can recycle scrap metal that include copper, steel, aluminum and brass.

These metals all range in price as to how much they are worth per weight. Recycling scrap metal costs less energy to recycle than it would to produce new metals, therefore recycling is more cost efficient and better for the environment.

Homeowners don’t know that they actually have scrap metal around their homes and the truth is they have more than they think. Scrap metal yards normally do business with construction companies, electricians or plumbers, but they also have regular consumers.

There are two types of metals: ferrous and non-ferrous. The easiest way to tell the difference is by using a magnet. Ferrous metals such as steel or iron will stick to the magnet and non-ferrous metals such as copper, aluminum or brass will not.

These are the more common metals that can be recycled:

  • Copper: This metal is reddish in color and can be found in plumbing pipes, gutters, air conditions or electric wires. It is also the most valuable metal that can be recycled.
  • Aluminum: Most people think that aluminum cans are the only aluminum found in their homes. It can also be found as gutters, siding, window frames and doors. It is not worth as much as copper and it saves 80% in energy to recycle.
  • Brass: This metal is yellowish and is very heavy. It can be found in items such as keys, door handles, bathroom fixtures and light fixtures. It is worth more than aluminum but not as much as copper.
  • Steel: Steel is very common and can be found in several items such as cars, chairs, shelves, cabinets and more. It is the lesser priced of all scrap metals.

Contact Us

For more information about scrap metal recycling, contact the scrap metal recycling experts in McAllen of Tesoro Metals Recycling at (956) 630-2487.