Metal is one of the easiest and most valuable materials that you can recycle, with some types of metal like aluminium being able to be reused an infinite amount without losing its inherent properties. Because it is so easy to recycle a lot of metal, there is a huge market for scrap metal all around the globe, and Australia is no exception. If you are looking for a spare bit of cash or just want to do your part and help recycle as much of your old equipment as possible, then here are three common places where you could find scrap metal inside.
White goods are probably the largest piece of metal that you have easy access to, with many fridges, washing machines, dryers, microwaves and stoves all containing kilograms of scrap metal. If you are considering upgrading your current kitchen or laundry appliances, then don't just throw out your white goods in a council clean-up. Take them to a scrap metal yard, or have them come and collect where possible. You might be surprised at just how much money you get back from this, which can help go towards the new version of whatever you are recycling.
Often you will buy a certain amount of material for a construction project, which will be more than you actually need, as you don't want to have to go back and get more midway through. However, that often leaves projects with an abundance of material at the end of a job that cannot be used in the future and is not worth storing. If you have a few kilograms of metal parts that you don't know what you are going to do with, then simply take them to your local scrap metal place and make sure they are going to be taken in by someone who can actually use them.
If your car is on its last legs and you know that no reasonable person is going to buy it off of you, then your only real option is the scrapyard. Have no fear, however, as you can still get a bit of money out of your old beater. Even if the car is rusty and not in great condition, the metal can be re-purposed just the same as if it was brand new. You may even get some money for any engine parts that are still in workable condition.
Contact a local scrap metal recycling plant to learn more.