Where to Find Scrap Metal
Scrap metal can be found in many, many places; you just need to know where to look and what you’re looking for. A great tip when looking for scrap is to start off by doing some research on the prices of the scrap yard you plan on selling your finds to. You want to make sure that if you’re purchasing items, you can scrap them for more money than you spent getting them.
Yard Sales/Thrift Stores: Some people get rid of a lot of items without knowing the true value of scrapping them for money. Stop by your local thrift store or yard sale and buy their metal-containing items for cheap. You’ll find TV’s, appliances, brass figurines, and more.
Craigslist/Freecycle.org: Craigslist is a website where people post things that they want to sell or give away. Start with the “Free” section. People post things like old air conditioning units, old TVs, and even metal fish tanks. Also, check out items in the for sale section. Someone could be selling cheap appliances or other metal containing items. Freecycle.org is a site where different locations can make communities that people post free things they want to give away. You can also post items that you are looking to get. Check out the community for your location to see if you can take some scrap metal off of their hands.
EBay: This is another great place to find scrap. People auction off items that can easily be shipped to your house and brought to the scrap yard. Make sure you do your research. You can run into scammers selling things categorized as one type of metal but actually be something of lesser value.
Your Own Home: A simple way to find scrap in your house is to set up a bag for recycling aluminum cans. Put the bag near your trashcan and clearly label it CANS ONLY. Also, if you’re going through a remodel you can scrap your old appliances, sinks, and more. If you have bronze art lying around, those are perfect scrapping items. Another item often overlooked is your old desktop computer towers.
Scrapping metal requires some hard work but if you put in the effort you can make some money. When you find items like appliances and TVs, it’s a good idea to take them apart to get the metal from inside of them. Be sure to have your magnet with you when you’re hunting for scrap, it’ll help differentiate the types of metal you find.
Montgomery Scrap has a Zero-Tolerance policy for stolen materials. We will not take items that appear to be or have been reported as stolen. Get your scrap honestly.