Household Scrap Iron Is Practically EverywherePosted on 01 June 2017
Scrap iron actually includes both pure iron and steel. That’s because steel is made of iron. It means that everything from nails and screws; to pots and pans; to car parts and electronics; to pipes and plumbing; all contain iron and/or steel. It’s pretty much anywhere in your household!
Scrap iron could also include “cast iron”. In an older home, there may be hot water radiators that are made of “cast iron”. As well, door hinges and door handles were often made of “cast iron”. Clearly, these types of iron objects often weigh a lot.
Beyond the idea of environmental recycling, selling household scrap iron could be rewarding – particularly if the quantities are sufficient for a scrap dealer. The important thing is not to just dump the scrap iron – it should be properly recycled.
It’s actually surprising how much scrap iron is around the basement, garage, and even the tool shed. With the right amount of volume, it can often turn into quick cash! On a larger scale, scrap iron collectors make a good living through collection.
In the Kitchen
In the kitchen, old iron pans, including “cast iron”, are ideal for recycling. As well, some fridges and stoves contain iron and steel, although these appliances need to be dismantled.
Old washers and dryers usually contain substantial amounts of iron, steel, and other metals – a good source of scrap iron. Old plumbing pipes and steel shelving are also a source.
In the Garden
In and around the garden, spring cleaning will often reveal many sources of scrap iron – old lawn mowers; steel swing sets; and especially iron railings that have been replaced.
In the garage and shed, things just pile up over the years – and scrap iron is everywhere. Old power tools, old bicycles, and old car parts are all good sources of scrap iron.
Big Appliances in your Household
Beyond the so-called “white” appliances, air conditioners and freezer units are also a good source of steel. In fact, all the bigger appliances also contain significant copper metal.
Today, homeowners are quite participatory when it comes to recycling household paper, plastic, glass, and organic waste. But when it comes to recycling household scrap metal, not many homeowners understand the enormous overall value of recycling those metals.
For many, there’s confusion about the difference in “ferrous” and “non-ferrous metals – and knowing the difference can have an impact on value. Things that contain iron are known as “ferrous” – easily accepted at the scrap yard, and ideal for recycling purposes.
Unfortunately, too much scrap metal is being dumped into landfills, even today. Recycling means that these resources don’t go to waste. In addition, recycling scrap metal also reduces greenhouse gases because less energy is used, compared to making new metal from virgin ore.
In Toronto, and throughout the GTA, Tal Metal Inc. specializes in the purchase and distribution of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Residential or commercial, scrap metals of all types are collected, segregated, and recycled for future use. To learn more, call 905-660-7081 or visit the company website at www.talmetal.ca.