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Getting Discouraged by Scrap Metal Recycling - Encore Recyclers - Dallas, TX

Getting Discouraged by Scrapping?

A lot of people make their way into the metal scrapping world thinking they’re going to make it rich and quit their day jobs. Soon they’re facing some of the hard realities of metal scrapping and how hard things can be. They make one mistake, or have a couple bad months and they pack it in. Quitting after a short dry spell isn’t the right approach. Think about all the time you’ve put into getting good at your current career. It’s very rare for someone to find immediate success after starting a new venture. Scrapping’s the same. Good money is made by learning the trade and how to maximize time and earnings. That takes time. Having a realistic attitude about scrapping will help you through the ups and downs as you learn the industry.

It’s All About the Approach

This story’s been told a thousand times. Someone hears about metal scrapping and they go all in. They clear out the garage and spend a lot of money on tubs and tools. Next, they go around town searching for scrap way longer than they should. When things don’t turn out they walk, leaving all that gear in the garage to gather dust. The problem here is the way things started. With metal scrapping, low and slow is the way to go. If you’re a hobbyist scrapper, a basic setup is all you need to get going. When you run into a job you need a special tool for, buy it, but don’t get it before you need it. Allocate a certain amount of time to source scrap so you don’t become obsessive and end up resenting time spent looking. The people who stay in the game are the ones who manage their time, have a process in place, and most of all make scrapping fun.

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Fun Facts About Scrap Metal Recycling

Fun Facts About Scrap Recycling

Want to learn more about scrap recycling? Whether you’re just interested in the process in general or you want to start scrapping for yourself, here are a couple fun facts and tips that a lot of people outside the industry simply don’t know.

1. How Scrap Metal Recycling Protects the Environment

We all have at least a vague idea that recycling in general is good for the environment. Why is it good, though, and how does scrap metal recycling in particular help?

Recycling is good for the environment because almost all recycling takes less energy than the process for creating or mining new materials does. Scrap metal recycling is particularly beneficial because of the huge amounts of energy used to mine, refine, process, and ship metals, as opposed to the relatively tiny amount of energy taken to recycle it.

Scrap metal is also great because most of it can be recycled over and over again with no loss in quality. Glass is similar, but paper and plastic can only be recycled a certain number of times before their quality is too compromised for re-use.

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