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Fall Scrapping Season - Dallas and Garland, Texas


The weather is starting to get a little cooler as summer winds down—and that can mean big opportunities for your scrapping operation!

Here in Dallas, the cooler weather means the idea of spending some more time outdoors and hunting for scrap might look a little more enjoyable than it did in the summer. On top of that, there are a lot of unique fall scrapping opportunities!

Tools, Furniture, and Equipment

Many homeowners see autumn as a time to replace old lawncare equipment and outdoor furniture. Some of these homeowners may not want to haul these heavy items themselves—meaning you can be sure to get great scrap by offering a free or cheap haul-away service in your area.

Lawncare equipment such as mowers can be very lucrative, especially if you take the time to dismantle and clean them, separating the different metals out from one another. In addition to being more common during the fall, they’re a lot more fun to take apart once the temperature outside drops a few degrees!

Even outdoor furniture can be worth your while. It’s frequently very easy to disassemble, and generally has a good amount of metal weight for durability. 

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Top 5 Places to Find Copper for Recycling - Dallas, TX


There’s a reason copper is one of the most frequently recycled metals at scrap facilities like Encore Recyclers. It’s pretty much the most valuable per-pound metal that you can frequently find in large quantities. However, it’s a lot easier to find if you know where to look—so here are the top five places to find scrap copper.

1. Construction and Demolition Sites

This might be the best place to find scrap copper—but it’s also the one you most often hear about people stealing copper from. Whenever you see a pile of copper—even if it’s in a Dumpster—be sure to ask the owner’s permission to take it. It’s often best to get them to sign the copper over to you, too.

One of the best ways to easily and legally get scrap copper from construction and demolition sites is to offer yourself up as a haul-away service. This is especially effective when it comes to small construction businesses, who may not have the resources to haul a lot of copper themselves.

That’s where you come in—by offering to haul away their scrap for free or very cheap, you can help a small business while also making some money yourself. You can often get other kind of scrap metal, such as steel, the same way!

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Data Security When Recycling Electronics - E-waste Recycling - Dallas, TX


Recycling e-waste (the industry name for electronic waste such as old computers, smartphones, and printers) is great for the environment and can be great for your wallet too. However, unlike with other forms of recycling, when it comes to e-waste you need to be conscious of data security.

Common recyclable e-waste such as laptops and phones can be full of personal information. In the area of connectivity that the internet and common digital devices have given us, privacy and security are things you absolutely have to consider.

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Consider an Aluminum Can Recycling Drive for Charity


If you’re familiar with what we do at Encore Recyclers, you know you can make money selling scrap metal in Dallas. However, there’s a great piece of information you may be missing out on: with Encore, you can make money not only for yourself, but for the non-profit of your choice by setting up a recycling drive for charity.

Have you ever run or perhaps even worked for a charity? Have you volunteered for a nonprofit organization? If so, you probably know how hard it is to raise money for charity organizations, no matter how good or universally supported the cause is.

If bake sales, silent auctions, and simply asking for donations aren’t cutting it, or if you want to mix things up at your charity (or do a good deed by raising capital for a group that has helped your community), a recycling drive for charity may be your best bet.

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Copper Recycling - Dallas, TX


If you’ve been scrapping in Dallas for a while, you likely already know that copper is in high demand—meaning that you get more money per pound for your copper recycling than for almost anything else when it comes time to bring your materials into the yard.

Even if you aren’t yet a scrapper, you’ve likely heard at least one off-the-wall story about copper thieves stealing materials, especially copper wire. In two different cities, copper thieves actually succeeded in tearing out parts of underground power lines, leaving thousands of residents without power.

Whether you’ve been scrapping for years or you just hear about copper prices, sales, or thefts now and again, you’ve likely wondered why copper is so valuable and sought-after. We have the answers—and tips on how to recycle copper easily and legally yourself!

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How to Scrap a Refrigerator - Dallas, TX - Encore Recyclers


Scrapping a refrigerator is one of the more intricate scrapping tasks, but it can also be quite lucrative. Here are some tips regarding scrapping a fridge safely and legally.

Rule No. 1 – Don’t Cut the Refrigerant Lines

The main thing that makes recycling a refrigerator (or an air conditioner, for that matter) difficult is the presence of refrigerant chemicals such a freon. Some of these gases are very harmful to breathe, and virtually all of them are quite damaging to the ozone layer.

Because these lines are made of copper, most scrappers want to recycle them, but before they can legally be recycled, an HVAC professional with the right certification needs to drain them. If you have certification or know someone who does, you’re in luck—but if not, you may not be able to fully recycle the refrigerator without paying a professional to do this work properly.

However, there are some other valuable parts on the refrigerator! Fortunately, these parts are generally easy to access, and can still be worth quite a lot.

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Scrap Metal Hidden in Your House - Dallas, TX


The easiest way to get started as a scrapper is to start scrapping materials in your own home. You can learn many of the skills necessary to becoming a successful scrapper, without the added difficulty of looking for and asking permission to take recyclable materials.

Most people are surprised when they find out how much potentially valuable recyclable scrap metal is in their own home—and love making a positive impact on the environment while also earning a little extra cash.

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Recycling Magnesium in Dallas - Encore Recyclers Scrap Metal


Recycling magnesium in Dallas might seem difficult at first, but it’s actually quite easy once you have the right information. It can be very profitable as well!

Recycling magnesium is also very important for protecting the environment. It is one of the most recyclable metals, and recycling a material containing magnesium alloy (a metal compound made with magnesium) uses only 5% of the energy it would cost to produce new magnesium alloys.

Because magnesium is a widely used material in die-casting, even for structural purposes, it is important that scrap magnesium does not go to waste. Industries that use magnesium do a lot of work to encourage recycling, and many manufacturers that use magnesium actually recycle it themselves.

All of this is good for the environment, but recycling magnesium can also be good for you.

We do not accept magnesium chips for recycling, as they have been known to spontaneously catch fire.
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How and Where to Recycle ANYTHING in Dallas!


Luckily for all of us who live in the city of Dallas, it’s easy to recycle here. It’s also free—and in fact, you can even make money recycling, depending on what materials you have and how you recycle them.

On the other hand, recycling rules can be complex in any city. On top of that, many people recycle the wrong things, or throw out things they could in fact recycle.

This article will teach you how to recycle anything in Dallas (or nearly anything!)—and how to help protect our environment by doing so.

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Recycling Lead Batteries in Dallas, TX


Can you recycle lead batteries in Texas? If so, how do you recycle them? What recycling centers accept lead batteries?

If you have questions about recycling lead batteries in Texas, this article will answer all of your questions, and give you tips for how best to go about recycling them.

Is Recycling Lead Batteries Legal and Safe?

At Encore Recyclers, we’re very concerned with following all the laws and regulations regarding recycling scrap metal, especially when it comes to hazardous materials, and we are also committed to our customers’ and employees’ safety. We also seek to be leaders in environmental concerns.

Fortunately, recycling lead batteries is very safe, legal, and environmentally friendly. This means that you’re welcome to bring lead batteries into Encore Recyclers anytime.

In fact, lead battery recycling is one of the most environmentally-friendly forms of recycling, because lead batteries can be recycled so easily. Furthermore, it takes only 35% to 40% of the energy to recycle lead, as opposed to getting it from ore.

When lead batteries are sent away for recycling, they are broken down with a hammer mill and then placed into a vat of liquid that separates the heavier lead from the lighter plastic casing. The plastic and lead are both recycled.

Even the acid used in these batteries is recycled. It can either be neutralized and turned into water, or made into sulfates, which are commonly used in the textile and glass industries, as well as in detergents.

Most new batteries contain between 60% and 80% recycled plastic and lead. This means that your old battery can be a huge part of protecting our planet.

Does Recycling Lead Batteries Pay?

You will be paid for recycling lead batteries. This pay will be based primarily on the current price of lead, as that is the material that has the highest value and makes up the most of the battery.

This means that pricing can fluctuate a bit, as with other forms of scrap. A single lead battery won’t be worth a ton of money, because the amount of lead in each battery is relatively small compared to the tons by which lead is normally sold to factories and other industrial users.

However, a lead battery can make a nice addition to a load of scrap, and you can feel good about keeping the environment safe and the battery economy moving with each battery you recycle. Furthermore, recycling a lead battery is much easier than disposing of it by any other means.

Whether you replaced an old battery in your car, or you’re a serious car hobbyist or auto shop owner, you could make yourself a bit of extra money while protecting the planet by selling your old lead batteries at Encore Recyclers.

To get the most for your batteries, make sure they are clean and not cracked or otherwise ruptured when you bring them in. Separate them from your other scrap metal as well, because the price of lead differs from the prices for steel, copper, and other commonly recycled metals.

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