Just cleaning up the basement…or getting into business?
Buying or selling - collecting or distributing - most everything about the ins and outs of scrap metal in Toronto is available on the Internet. To begin with, it’s important to know what’s valuable – after all, why focus on something that’s not in demand? It’s also important to know where to take the scrap metal – delivery (especially of heavy metal) can be expensive by itself. And finally, it’s important to know if you’re just cleaning up the basement, or if you’re getting into a business.
As a general rule, collecting scrap metal in Toronto should focus on common metals like copper, steel, aluminum, brass, and iron. To be sure, electrical wires, especially in huge quantities, are a source of a variety of valuable metals. Local scrap yards often give immediate cash. One of the easiest ways to establish the type of metal you have is to use a magnet. Ferrous metals are magnetic, like steel and iron. And regardless of payoff, a scrap yard will accept the material, making sure to recycle properly.
The non-ferrous metals are non-magnetic - copper, aluminum, brass, and bronze – they are more valuable than ferrous, and worth more money at scrap yards. The Internet is jam-packed with guides and charts to help ascertain a specific metal, its properties and even potential value. As a residential homeowner, collecting scrap metal in Toronto may represent a civic responsibility, and a personal effort to make sure the material is properly recycled, and doesn’t end up in a landfill. But, if you’re looking for a business approach, there is so much more to consider - the quantity of scrap metal you are collecting; transport and delivery of materials; and additional, ongoing supply of materials.
In recent years, the collection and recycling of home appliances has become an important issue for collectors of scrap metal in Toronto, and across Canada. Many provinces already have mandatory guidelines to keep appliances out of the waste system, partly because the metals and machinery are a valuable source of raw scrap, and partly to prevent toxic substances from affecting the ecosystems. All in all, the collection and re-distribution of “end-of-life” household appliances means big business for those involved in the recycling stream.
Once again, the benefits of collecting, processing and recycling scrap metal in Toronto are borne by the statistics, both local and global. The savings on energy, compared to the manufacture of new materials is huge; the extracting and refining of raw materials is drastically reduced; the negative effects on air pollution are reduced; and water pollution, as well as usage is dramatically lowered. Clearly, this is a win-win scenario, with benefits for all involved.
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