Just like an unwanted guest, chances are we all have things lingering around and taking up space at home because there’s the faint hope of using them again. Perhaps some financial incentive will give the necessary push to start filtering out what to hold on to and what it’s time to let go of. Afterall, there’s nothing like making money off recycling things like old metal items you were planning to get rid of.
How to Profit from Recycling Household Metal Items
For anyone that has their interest piqued by the prospect of turning metal trash into monetary treasure, there is a surprising list of metals that might make up a lot of those unused items lingering around your home. Believe it or not, your local Toronto scrap yards are always looking to buy metal items made of:
Not to mention, the scrap yard is the perfect place to get some moneyfor old electronic waste with the guarantee it will be properly recycled. There are tons of recyclable electronic items that the scrap yard will likely buy off you, such as:
- Answering machines
- Clock radios
- DVD players and VCRs
- Fax machines
- Keyboards, mice, modems and computer circuit boards
- Printers and scanners
That means you can finally get rid of all your old and outdated electronic waste, or “e-waste”, in an environmentally safe and effective manner.
When it comes to scrap metal recycling, items made of non-ferrous metal are typically more valuable because they are a scarcer resource. In other words, you might be surprised by what old but valuable items have been laying around right under your nose. Now without further ado, let’s get into some of the different types of non-ferrous metal items you’ll want to keep an eye out for recycling.
Surprising Household Items Made of Brass
A popular non-ferrous metal with color very similar to gold is a combination of copper and zinc, known as brass. Brass is highly malleable and can be formed into shapes that many other types of metals can’t, so there are many common items made of brass, such as:
- Bed frames, headboards and foot boards
- Bathroom and kitchen faucets
- Doorknobs, door hinges and locks
- Musical instruments
- Light fixtures
- Plumbing valves and pipe fittings
Turns out that old box full of vintage doorknobs was worth holding on to after all!
Surprising Household Items Made of Copper
Another non-ferrous metal that will bring some value to the table when you head to the scrap yard is the flexible, yet stable material known as copper. With the ability to resist corrosion and heat, some popular household items made of copper are:
- Clocks and watches
- Cookware (pots and pans)
- Electrical wiring
- Plumbing pipes
- Transformers and conductors
For anyone undergoing home renovations, there’s a very good chance you’ll be pulling outold copper wiring and piping so hold on to those scraps to recycle for a profitable bonus after your projects complete.
Now it’s time to start sorting your scrap metal to see how much money recycling can make you!