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Should You Take Apart an Item For Scrapping?

Should You Take It Apart?

Everything you take into your local scrap yard should be cleaned and sorted to the best of your abilities: it helps you make the most money, and also ensures the safety of the employees at the scrap yard. It might just impress your local scrap yard (and your scrapping friends), too.

However, sometimes you’ll come across items that are quite challenging—and in some cases even dangerous—to properly take apart. In these situations, you have to ask yourself about your expertise, the tools you have on hand, and your willingness to put in the work. Of course, you’ll also have to consider the additional profits you’ll make from taking an item apart before scrapping it.

Easier Than You Think

There are a lot of things you’ll come across in the scrapping world that seem a lot harder to take apart at first glance than they really are. These are worth taking the time and effort to disassemble properly, because you’ll be able to learn how to do it effectively without a huge amount of effort, and because they’re fairly common items.

Desktop computer towers are a big one: because the technology behind computers is so complicated, we almost automatically assume that it’ll be extraordinarily difficult to disassemble one of these. However, taking apart a computer is a lot easier than designing and building a microprocessor. Best of all, it can be done even if you don’t have many tools around: a simple screwdriver will take you a long way.

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Weights and Measures: A Few Key Things to Know About Scrapping

Weights and Measures: A Few Key Things to Know About Scrapping

Getting the most out of your recyclable scrap metal often means simply knowing what you have—and part of knowing what you have is knowing your weights and measures, and how they affect your bottom line.

We all know what a pound is, and most of the time when you see scrap metal prices displayed, they’ll be in dollars per pound. However, there’s a lot more that goes into truly understanding scrap metal recycling weights and measures.

Other Measurements You’ll Need to Know

While the pound is the basis of virtually everything in scrap metal recycling prices, you’ll need to take a few other things into account too. For example, with precious metals like gold and silver, you may be more often considering the price per ounce instead of the price per pound, because smaller amounts of these types of metals are more valuable.

Also, if you own a business or are very serious about recycling the heavier scrap metals out there (or if you just hold onto your scrap a long time before bringing it into the yard), you may even see your loads weighed in tons!

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Staying Cool While Scrapping - Garland, TX - Encore Recyclers

Staying Cool While Scrapping

The weather is heating up again, which means it’s important to take some time to think about how to stay cool while you’re gathering and working with scrap. It’s not just a comfort concern, but a safety one as well!

While there are plenty of dangers when it comes to collecting, sorting, and cleaning scrap, overheating is one of the most common ways people injure themselves. Follow some of the tips in this post to keep yourself cool!

Keeping Cool While Gathering Scrap

Staying cool while you’re outdoors collecting scrap can be very challenging. It’s not like you can change the weather whenever you want! On top of that, collecting scrap often involves more physical labor than cleaning or sorting it, unless you have something really difficult to dismantle.

Wearing the proper clothing is one of the best ways to keep yourself cool. Short sleeves and shorts are a no go because they leave your arms and legs exposed to potential hazards like sharp edges, but wearing clothing that isn’t too tight and breathes well can make things a lot easier.

It’s not all about your clothing, though! Taking frequent breaks and drinking lots of water will also help you keep your body temperature down, even if you’re collecting scrap in the heat of the day.

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Taking Care of Your Scrapping Truck - Encore Recyclers - Garland, TX

Taking Care of Your Scrap Truck

You might use your scrap truck for work or pleasure as well as your scrapping enterprise, or you might have a truck just for scrapping. Either way, you rely on your scrap truck when it’s time to get the job done—whether you’re out collecting scrap or hauling it to the yard.

Taking the time to take care of your scrap truck properly can keep it dependable for years to come. That means less transportation expense for you and an easier time scrapping for the foreseeable future. In addition to general good advice for taking care of any vehicle, there are a few other things you should consider for trucks used for scrap in particular.

Things to Check and Do

There are a few things you should check on every time you use your scrapping truck:

  • Be sure you have enough fuel for your trip, and keep extra on hand if necessary.
  • Check all of your lights. When you’re carrying a heavy load, it’s important that you can see the road and other drivers can see you!
  • Make sure your tailgate and any tie downs are completely secure before driving with a load of scrap. Losing scrap is losing money at best, and at worst can lead to very serious accidents.

In addition, you should be sure to keep up with all your regular vehicular maintenance, such as regular oil changes. However, that’s not where it ends with a scrap truck.

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Scrapping Old Tools - Encore Recyclers - Garland, TX

Scrapping Your Tools

If you’re a scrapper, you keep a lot of tools around—and if you’re a contractor, construction worker, or landscaper, you’ve got even more tools. A lot of businesses keep tools around, too. However, tools don’t last forever, and there’s a much more responsible and economical way to get rid of the old ones than chucking them in the trash.

It can be the start of a bad day when one of your power tools cuts out or a socket gets warped, but you can help those tools do one more good thing for the planet (and for your wallet) on their way out.

Why Scrap Tools?

There are plenty of great reasons to scrap your tools instead of simply throwing them out. Obviously, getting even a few cents for your trouble is better than getting nothing at all. On top of that, recycling tools rather than throwing them out means that landfills don’t fill up as quickly, and it also reduces pollution and the energy cost of mining new metals.

There’s more than that, though! As power tools become more and more technologically advanced, there are some seriously valuable metals used in their inner workings. Also, highly specialized tools, like the carbide bits used in machine shops, can be made of very valuable and interesting metals that are always worth scrapping.

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How to Scrap a Stereo - Dallas, TX

How to Scrap a Stereo

When a car or home stereo goes bad, rather than throw it out, it’s worth the effort to take it apart at least a little bit and get at some of the potentially valuable scrap metal inside.

In this post, we’ll give you some tips and tricks to make the process of dismantling a stereo easier. Metals such as copper and even gold (in small amounts) are often available inside stereos, and even the wiring and motherboards can have significant value.

Before beginning to dismantle a stereo or any other appliance or electronic device, it’s important to make sure it is completely disconnected from all power sources. For a home stereo, unplug it from the wall, and cut the cord—this can be sold as insulated wire! Before dismantling a car stereo head unit, remove it from the dashboard. Stay safe, scrappers!

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How to Tell the Difference Between Aluminum and Stainless Steel - Encore Recyclers - Dallas, TX

How to Tell the Difference Between Aluminum and Stainless Steel

Stainless steel and aluminum are both worth collecting, but we all know that their values are different—and, of course, you’re going to get more money for each scrap haul if you sort different types of scrap out from one another. However, telling the difference between aluminum and stainless steel can be very challenging, especially when you’re out in the field without a ton of tools to help you in identifying different metals. Here’s a short, helpful article on how to tell the difference.

General Differences between Aluminum and Stainless Steel

Aluminum is a great deal lighter and more malleable than stainless steel, while stainless steel is generally much stronger. The malleability of aluminum, but its overall lower strength, comes from the fact that it is a much softer metal. This will be important later, as it’s the key factor in the handy tip we’ll give you in the next section of this post.

Both of these metals are so useful because they’re so different—each of them is better than the other for a certain application.

For example, stainless steel‘s strength and corrosion resistance make it ideal for use in the construction field. Aluminum, on the other hand, is one of the primary materials used to make airplanes, because it is so lightweight—obviously a big consideration when you’re making something that’s intended to fly!

The challenge when it comes to identifying aluminum or stainless steel, though, is that they look so similar. A lot of scrappers don’t know how to tell the difference out in the field. However, we’ve found a simple test that a lot of our top scrappers use to determine which is which—and the best part is, it’s very easy to do.

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How to Pick a Scrap Metal Yard - Garland, TX

How to Pick a Scrap Metal Yard

Starting out a scrapping enterprise involves a lot of up-front work besides just gathering scrap, and one important part of that work is the process of choosing a scrap metal yard.

Of course, price is always a factor in choosing a scrap metal yard, but prices are often very similar within a given geographic area, and also fluctuate constantly. While it’s easy enough to find the single yard that usually has the best prices, it’s virtually impossible to find a single yard that always has the best prices for every metal, every time.

However, there are a few other factors that definitely stay more constant—and determining which of them is most valuable to you is the clearest way of choosing the best scrap metal recycling facility to fit your needs.

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Where to Find Copper Wire in Dallas and Garland - Encore Recyclers

Where to Find Copper Wire

Scrap copper is one of our customers’ favorite metals to hunt for, because it’s always in high demand. Even non-scrappers know that copper is a consistently valuable material. One of the most common ways to find copper is in the form of copper wire.

The Most Common Places to Find Copper Wire

One of the most common places to find copper wire is along with electronics. Whether you have some old computers you’re taking apart for their e-scrap value or a broken television set you’re having trouble getting rid of, it’s worth the time to do some basic dismantling to get valuable copper wire separated from other materials.

The easiest place to find insulated copper wire is in power cords of electronics. Even if you don’t have many tools or much experience taking apart electronics, you can probably cut a power cord—just be sure to take all the proper safety precautions while doing so.

A single power cord might not seem like it’ll bring a lot of value, but saving your insulated copper wire in a bucket or storage bin can lead to a pretty nice payday when it comes time to take all your scrap down to the yard.

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Where to Find E-Waste - Encore Recyclers - Garland, TX

Where to Find E-Waste

E-waste is a growing market, and plenty of scrappers want to get in. However, beyond your own old electronics, e-waste can be hard to find. Also, many scrappers don’t yet know how to make the most money from each piece of e-waste. Here are some helpful tips to help you take your e-waste scrapping game to the next level!

Finding E-Waste

As more and more electronics are manufactured every year, the supply of e-waste increases. However, it’s not always easy to find. As demand increases while manufacturers find new ways to convert e-waste into usable material, it’s likely to become even harder to find viable sources of e-waste.

That being said, there are of course good places to find e-waste. Yard sales and flea markets can occasionally provide good hauls, so if you already check there for other scrap materials, it’s worth looking over old electronics too. Particularly at garage sales, if you wait till the end of the day, some sellers will be willing to let things go for free.

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Minimizing Transportation Costs while Scrapping

Minimizing Transportation Costs While Scrapping

We scrap because it’s fun and it’s great for the environment and economy, sure, but we also scrap because it makes us money. However, transportation costs can really eat into a scrapper’s income. While it’s impossible to mitigate scrapping transportation costs entirely, there are plenty of ways to reduce these costs.

Reducing cost can be divided neatly into two key areas. Learning and thinking critically a bit about each area can save you a ton of money—meaning that you keep more of what you earn right in your pocket. These two areas are saving money while picking up scrap and saving money while selling scrap. Each is important, and each can be approached in its own way.

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How to Find Free Scrap Metal on Craigslist

How to Find Free Scrap Metal on Craigslist

Hunting for scrap in your neighborhood can be fun, but it certainly isn’t easy. Between the difficulty of finding the scrap and the occasional awkwardness of asking if it’s okay to take the scrap, scrap hunters spend a lot more time searching for metal than they often do preparing and selling it.

While looking for the next great piece of scrap is part of the thrilling adventure of scrapping, sometimes you want an easier way. Maybe you’re looking to boost your scrap income to the next level, or maybe you’re new to scrap metal recycling and want an easier way to get some experience.

The answer can be searching on Craigslist for free scrap. Craigslist is a powerful tool that has changed a lot of local industries, but seems to have an exceptionally large impact on the scrap market. That being said, you need to know how to use it in order to reap the benefits.

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How to Identify Brass (And Where to Find It)

While there are a variety of recyclable scrap metals out there, they are not all equal in value—and brass, as one of the higher-paying scrap metals, is in high demand at both the industry level and for individual scrappers. That being said, brass isn’t always easy to find or to identify. With the right knowledge, though, finding brass and separating it from other metals can be a lot easier.

How to Identify Brass

Brass is a shiny, yellow-gold metal that is quite durable and also often used for decorative purposes. It looks a lot like copper at first glance, but brass has a few unique characteristics that set it apart.

First of all, brass is not magnetic. A magnet is a key tool for any scrapper, as it allows for the easiest identification and separation of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, which have different values and are often processed differently at the yard.

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

How to Scrap a Microwave

Like many other appliances, scrapping a microwave can be tough. However, with the right know-how and just a little bit of luck, your microwave could be worth a lot more disassembled when you take it to the scrap yard.

This is because microwaves can contain sources of valuable metals like copper, and because even the more common metals used to make microwaves will be worth more if taken off or out of the machine before taking them in to scrap.

Getting Started

Before you start dismantling your microwave for scrap, there is some important prep work to do. First, you need to make sure you have the following vital safety equipment:

  • protective eyewear
  • work gloves
  • long sleeves

You’ll also want to make sure you’re working in a clean environment—both to keep your valuable scrap clean and to keep yourself safe.

Also, the first thing you want to do when beginning to disassemble any appliance is cutting the cord. This is a safety measure—and on top of that, you can get a standard insulated wire price for the cord, or strip it down to further clean and separate the conductive metal inside.

Last but not least, it’s worth looking up videos or instructions for disassembling your particular brand and model of microwave online. While disassembling a microwave won’t be described in a standard instruction manual, it’s a pretty common scrapping practice, and a more experienced scrapper might have some great safety or technical advice.

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Recycling Neoprene in North Texas - Garland, TX

Can You Recycle Neoprene?

In the recycling business, one of the most common questions we get is whether or not a particular material can be recycled. The answers can be complicated—for example, some facilities recycle certain products that other facilities don’t, and some recyclable materials are valuable while others are not—but we always like to help people get to the bottom of it when it comes to recycling. Neoprene is one of those materials that we get asked about periodically. It is a synthetic rubber material commonly used in wetsuits, work gloves, and electrical insulation, so it’s easy enough to find—but can it be used and reused like metals and other recyclable materials?

What Is Neoprene, Anyway?

Neoprene is actually a family of similar materials, though they may vary slightly in the ways they are manufactured and used. All of them are synthetic and rubber-like.

Neoprene is used because of its water and heat resistance, and because it is both malleable and strong. In addition to wetsuits and protective gear, it’s also used in laptop, tablet, and phone cases, because it can be molded to fit these devices snugly and is strong enough to protect them from damage.

Neoprene also has many applications in the medical field, such as in gloves for doctors, nurses, and surgeons.

Because it is used so often and for such a wide variety of products, recycling it can be great for the environment.

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Recycling Lawncare Equipment - Dallas, TX

How to Recycle Lawncare Equipment

Old lawncare equipment can be a lucrative source for recyclable scrap metal, but dismantling old lawnmowers, edgers, and other outdoor tools can be a real chore. However, with the right tools and know-how, the whole process gets a lot easier, and can even be a lot of fun.

Even if you aren’t a regular scrapper yet, getting rid of old lawncare and landscaping equipment can be tough, and the money earned from selling your old lawnmowers, weedeaters, and even tractors to a Dallas scrap metal recycler can help offset the costs of an expensive upgrade or replacement.

However, you will earn far more money for your equipment if you can dismantle it yourself. This holds true for virtually all other kinds of scrap as well. Because dismantling machinery allows for more precise weighing of recyclable materials and saves the recycling facility money, you can be paid more.

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Optimize Your Trip to the Scrap Yard - Garland, TX

Optimize Your Trip to the Scrap Yard

It’s a question we get again and again: how do you make your trip to your local Dallas recycler as easy, safe, and lucrative as possible? Everyone from people who are just starting to think about scrapping to those that have earned a living doing it is interested in saving time and making money.

Today on our blog we have a few tips from the pros here at Encore Recyclers to make your next (or even your first) trip to the scrap yard a breeze.

Making It Easy

Scrapping is always hard work. However, there are a few simple rules and tips you can follow to make the experience a good deal easier

The first is separating your metals. While we often give this tip to new scrappers to help them make the most money (because Encore and other Garland-area scrap metal recyclers can always pay more when they know exactly what they’re buying), this is also an important way to get yourself organized before setting out on your trip.

The second is packing your truck properly. We recommend buying a few bungee cords or other tie-downs and a good tarp before starting to scrap. These items are cheap and easily accessible, and can help you keep your scrap organized in your vehicle—and secure on your trip. You never want to lose time or money by having scrap fall off of your truck on the way to the yard.

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Fall Scrapping Season - Dallas and Garland, Texas

Fall is the Season for Scrapping

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

How to Scrap a Fridge

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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How and Where to Recycle ANYTHING in Dallas!

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

Recycling Lead Batteries

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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How Does a Scrap Yard Decide the Price of Your Scrap Metal?

How Does a Scrap Yard Decide How to Price Your Scrap Metal?

Like any industry, the scrap metal business can be hard to understand for outsiders. However, even many frequent scrappers (and some who do it as a full-time job) don’t know exactly how recyclers price scrap metal.

The reason for this is simple: determining the value of a given piece of scrap metal is complicated. Furthermore, scrap yards are often taking a gamble when they purchase scrap—especially if that scrap is dirty or corroded, or if it is a material they do not immediately recognize.

Although there are perhaps hundreds of tiny factors that go into determining the price of a given load of scrap metal, the two major factors are these: the value of the scrap and the risk the scrap yard is taking. A higher material value and lower risk mean more money for you.

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Top 4 Tools for Reycling Scrap Metal - Encore Recyclers - Dallas, TX

Top 4 Tools Every Scrapper Needs

Gathering, cleaning, sorting, and transporting scrap can be a ton of work. However, that work is completely necessary if you want to get the most money for your materials and have the best scrapping experience. Luckily, there are plenty of tools out there that will help everyone from the novice to the expert scrapper. Here are the top five tools every scrapper needs.

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How to Tell the Difference Between Cast Iron and Cast Steel for Recycling Purposes - Dallas, TX

How to Tell Cast Iron And Cast Steel Apart for Recycling Purposes

When gathering scrap metals for recycling in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, you will probably come across both cast iron and cast steel items. The good news is that both cast iron and cast steel are recyclable and will be purchased by Encore Recyclers and other recycling centers in the area.

The complication, however, is that they are different metals with different uses and will therefore have different values.

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How to Get a Fair Price for Your Scrap Metal - Dallas, TX - Encore Recyclers

How to Tell If You’re Getting a Fair Price for Your Scrap Metal

Although regulations and word of mouth in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and the rest of Texas have rooted out most of the unethical companies in the scrap recycling industry, there are still some bad eggs out there. To best ensure that you’re getting a fair price for your scrap metal, be sure to go with an official, well-regarded company.

However, even the most ethical and renowned scrap dealer won’t be able to give you a fair price for your scrap every time if you don’t do some preparatory work. The best ways to get the fairest price for your scrap metal all involve a little bit of work on your end, but they can pay off big time.

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How to Ask for Scrap to Recycle for Cash - Encore Recyclers - Dallas, TX

How to Ask for Scrap to Recycle for Cash

Most scrappers start out by getting rid of some of their own personal scrap or scrap materials from their own business or job site—but when you get bitten by the scrapping bug, you might want to bring in scrap more often. Eventually, you may come to a point where you want or need to ask for scrap from other people or even businesses.

This can be an awkward interaction for many scrappers, especially at first, but it can turn a small hobby into something truly lucrative. Here are a few tips for success.

Presentation is Everything

Presenting yourself as a professional is often tantamount to success when you’re asking for scrap. Wear business casual clothes like a polo and khakis, and consider having some flyers or business cards printed. These will both make you look more professional and help people remember you.

Part of a good presentation isn’t just looking good, though. You also need to do a little research and have some facts and figures to back up any claims you make. For example, if you’re approaching a small plumbing business for its scrap, consider talking about the money the company can save not doing their own recycling, and the positive environmental impacts of recycling.

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Scrapping Cars and Car Parts in Dallas, TX - Encore Recyclers in Garland, TX

Scrapping Cars and Car Parts in Dallas

Do you have an old car you no longer need? Have you had work done to your car that’s left some disused parts lying around? Getting rid of a scrap car or auto parts can be easy, and net you a bit of cash to boot, if you take them to a professional recycling center like Encore Recyclers.

In addition to taking junk off your hands and getting you paid for it, recycling cars and car parts is also great for the environment. Many car parts contain rare metals, and these metals can often be recovered almost completely—which reduces the environmental impact of mining and keeps the overall supply of these metals higher.

However, getting the best value for your car scrap takes a little bit of time and expertise.

What Scrap Yards Pay For

Your car is made up of a wide variety of components that are themselves composed of a variety of metals and other scrap-friendly materials. The majority of your car’s weight comes from steel, and there is a large amount of other, lighter metals as well (such as tin). The rarer (and therefore more valuable) metals are often used in the moving or otherwise functional parts of your car.

If you scrap your entire car, the price at most scrapyards will be based on weight. A scrapyard feels safe betting on your steel, but doesn’t have the time and labor available to fully inspect your car for other metals. If you want the most value for your car, you’ll have to dismantle it.

This is generally true of all appliances and machines that can be scrapped. However, dismantling a car is much more difficult than taking apart a washer or dryer or even a computer.

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How to Sell a Washing Machine or Dryer for Scrap - Encore Recyclers - Dallas and Garland, TX

How to Sell a Washing Machine or Dryer for Scrap

Recycling a washer or dryer in Dallas or Garland can be a difficult but rewarding task. Here at Encore Recyclers, we want to help you get the most money for your scrap metal—so here are some tips on how to get the most out of an old or broken washing machine or dryer.

Should you dismantle a washing machine or dryer before scrapping it?

Taking a washer or dryer apart is no easy task, but many scrappers think it is worth the effort. At Encore Recyclers, we take in both dismantled and complete washers and dryers regularly, and we can confirm that we pay quite a bit more for dismantled appliances.

Therefore, if you’re physically capable of dismantling an appliance like a washer or dryer, and if you have or can easily acquire the tools for doing so, it will always be worth the effort.

What are the advantages of dismantling an appliance before scrapping it?

Although most scrap metal recycling companies accept all forms of metal with a few exceptions (usually for safety or legal reasons), companies in the scrap metal recycling industry do not and cannot pay the same amount for different types of metal.

This is because some metals are rarer and/or more useful in manufacture than others. For example, aluminum is a great metal to use in general manufacture, but it is very common and not good for extremely specialized uses. That means that recycling companies cannot pay a huge amount for scrap aluminum.

Metals like copper, on the other hand, which are both a little less common and a bit more useful in more specialized kinds of manufacture (such as use in electrical wire), are inherently more valuable. That means that a scrap metal recycling company in Dallas or elsewhere can pay quite a bit more for copper and similar metals.

When a full appliance comes into a recycling plant like Encore, recyclers essentially have to estimate what combination of metals will make up the components inside the appliance. Some washers and dryers, for example, use valuable copper in their motors, while others do not.

Because estimating the value a given appliance will have is a gamble for the company, they tend to pay a bit lower. On top of that, the company will have to pay employees or contractors to dismantle the appliance—which further eats into your pay.

How do you get the most for your broken appliances and other scrap materials?

The best way to consistently get the highest value for your broken appliances and other scrap metals is to dismantle appliances and machines and to sort the metals. For example, keep all your steel with other steel, your aluminum with other aluminum, and your copper with other copper.

Doing this makes things easier and cheaper for the scrap metal recycler, which means they can afford to pay you more. Having your metals pre-sorted also helps promote worker efficiency and in some cases safety.

While it may not be worth your effort to take apart very difficult or dangerous appliances or parts such as air conditioners or engines of any kind, taking apart a washer or dryer may well be within your reach.

If you have confidently assembled or broken down furniture, you can probably take apart a washer or dryer as long as you put forth your best effort and remain patient and calm.

What are some of the best tips for dismantling a washer or dryer?

Although every washer and dryer is a bit different, there are some general tips to follow for successfully dismantling any washer or dryer before selling it for scrap.

  • Do the simplest tasks first. For example, take off doors and covers before getting into activities like stripping wires or taking out a motor. This will give you better access to the inner workings of the machine, and will also give you a sense of accomplishment and motivation to keep going.
  • Sort metals as you work. It’s much easier to sort different metals into tubs, crates, or piles as you work than it is to break the appliance down and do the sorting later.
  • Use online resources. There are many great online resources out there. If you find your appliance’s model number, you can most likely find a YouTube video instructing you on dismantling that particular appliance. There are also great general tips on scrap metal recycling forums.

Above all, be safe. Ensure that the appliance is not plugged into power when you begin to dismantle it. Wear work gloves, safety goggles, long sleeves, and long pants. Do not disassemble any parts before you recognize them and understand what they are.

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How to Recycle AC Units in Dallas, Texas

How to Recycle AC Units In Texas

Whether it’s a huge rooftop air conditioning unit for a multi-level building or a small portable AC, any kind of HVAC appliance is worth scrapping. However, there are some difficulties with this category of scrap material that stymie many new scrappers, so read on to learn the best way to recycle AC units.

There are two major categories for these difficulties to fall into: legal and mechanical. Anyone can solve the legal difficulties with just a bit of time or effort, and most people can get past at least a few of the mechanical problems. Because the legal issues are a bit simpler, let’s look at those first.

Legal Difficulties of Recycling Air Conditioning Units

Texas state laws are tough on unscrupulous scrappers who steal metal to sell to scrap yards, and unfortunately these tough laws often end up affecting honest scrappers as well. This is particularly true when it comes to scrap items that are often stolen—a category that air conditioners definitely fall into.

If you’re only recycling a single air-conditioner unit, such as one you’ve replaced yourself with a newer model, this shouldn’t be much of a problem. However, some scrappers who work in HVAC or do related activities like refinishing roofs (where many of the largest, most valuable AC units for businesses and apartment buildings are located) want to sell AC scrap in bulk because it can be so lucrative.

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What determines the value of scrap metal? Dallas, TX

What Determines the Price of Scrap Metal?

Scrap metal price is determined by the type of metal, location, quantity, and current market value. Copper sells for more than aluminum; scrap metal sells for more here in Dallas than in Mumbai, India; and a ton of scrap metal will sell for more than a few pounds.

As for current market value, you can follow the “spot price” of a given metal. Spot price is the price that companies pay for pure ingots of a metal. Kitco offers several helpful charts showing the current and historical market spot price for various popular metals here: http://www.kitcometals.com/charts/copper.html

Scrap metal categories determine price

Copper, lead, stainless steel, and most of the other metals we recycle fall into various categories that are used to determine value. Copper can be subcategorized into Bare Bright Copper, Copper #1, Copper #2, Copper #3, for example. Aluminum can be subcategorized as Cast Aluminum, Sheet Aluminum, Aluminum Cans, Extruded Aluminum, and the list goes on. Sometimes these subcategories are obvious, but sometimes there can be some controversy. One scrap metal recycler may classify your copper as Bare Bright Copper, while another classifies it as Copper #1. One may grade your metal as cast aluminum, while another grades it as “pot metal”—which is worth about 40% less!

For more information about scrap metal categories, take a look at our “Metals We Buy” page.

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How to Get Started as a Scrap Metal Recycler - Dallas, TX

Looking for Extra Income? Think About Scrap Metal Recycling

Not only is scrap metal recycling a responsible thing to do as natural resources become depleted, it can also be a profitable endeavor for scrap metal recyclers. Businesses often find it more profitable to create products from recycled materials, and a scrap metal recycler forms a valuable link in the supply chain to divert these materials from landfills back into the manufacturing cycle.

First, find your scrap metal:

In most cases, you’ll be looking for metal—anything from aluminum cans to old pipes to electrical wiring. But Encore Recyclers also takes e-waste, such as cell phones, computer circuit boards, and other electronic materials. We also accept neoprene, a rubbery product manufactured by Dupont to make scuba suits, cases for electronics, and medical braces.

If you’re a business, think about collecting unwanted objects from your offices or clients to recycle. Plumbers, general contractors, and carpenters will often find used appliances, metal pipes, discarded siding, and other pieces of metal that are suitable for recycling. As an individual, think about recycling broken bicycles, metal tools, and old appliances. In Dallas, it’s popular for people to pick up scrap materials on bulky trash pickup day. You can find the bulk trash pickup day for any given neighborhood here: http://dallascityhall.com/departments/sanitation/Pages/brush_and_bulky.aspx

Encore Recyclers will accept almost any metal object, as long as it does not contain dangerous chemicals or is radioactive.

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