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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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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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Safety Tips for Scrap Metal Recyclers - Dallas, TX

Safety Tips for Scrap Metal Recyclers

Recycling scrap metal can be lucrative and even fun, but it is important to know of the possible dangers and risks associated with scrap metal recycling as well. Knowledge of the risks allows you to better prepare yourself to gather, clean, and transport metal in the safest way possible—for you and those around you. With these safety tips (and perhaps a quick look back at our post about radioactive scrap metals) you are ready to hit the road.

Recycling scrap metal safety involves using the proper materials and equipment and knowing the right techniques to handle metal as safely as possible. Once you have the right equipment and the right technique, you’re ready to safely recycle scrap metal with Encore.

Safety Tips for Scrap Metal Handling Materials and Equipment

In order to recycle scrap metal safely, you’ll need a few important pieces of safety equipment. One of the most important pieces of safety equipment is a good pair of protective gloves. To maximize your safety, it’s best to use gloves of a heavy material (such as leather) that protect your forearms as well as your hands.

Protective gloves are especially important when dealing with sheet metal, especially very thin sheet metal, as this can cut you very easily—however, proper safety equipment is even important when dealing with something as simple as aluminum cans. Any metal can hurt you if handled improperly.

In addition to protecting you from cuts, wearing protective gloves will keep you from getting potentially harmful materials from dirty scrap on your skin. To fully protect from these materials, adequate clothing and eye protection are also needed.

If you’re going to recycle large amounts of scrap metal, you’ll also certainly need a dolly to help with the weight. Lower back injuries are common among scrap metal recyclers, and can easily be prevented with the right equipment and proper lifting techniques.

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Radioactive Scrap Metal - Dallas, TX

Radioactive Scrap Metal

Because of various factors, including oil processing equipment use and nuclear waste disposal, some scrap metal can become contaminated with radiation. Most scrap metal recycling facilities in Dallas, including Encore, cannot recycle this type of material—and even those rare facilities that can recycle radioactive scrap metal have special procedures in place that often affect the value of the metal.

Although radioactive scrap metal, also known as “hot” scrap metal, is rare, it’s important to be aware of the concerns around radioactivity if you plan to recycle scrap metal.

Why Radioactive Scrap Metal is Harmful

Radioactive scrap metal is harmful in the way that all radioactive material is harmful: it can cause cancer, as well as more immediate injuries such as burns. It can also significantly damage metal recycling equipment.

In addition to these effects, a single piece of radioactive material in a load of scrap metal can contaminate the entire load of scrap metal. This is why scrap metal recyclers employ a variety of sensitive radiation checking equipment before allowing scrap into the facility. If a load of scrap metal displays any signs of radioactive contamination, the entire load will in all likelihood be rejected.

Sometimes radiation sensors will go off even when there is not significant contamination, which will be resolved by closer investigation. For example, if you have recently received an x-ray and handle scrap metal, your metal may set off a sensitive sensor, but should not be significantly contaminated.

Although radioactive scrap metal is relatively rare, especially when compared to the huge amounts of radiation-free scrap metal out there, this is another reason that it is always of the utmost importance to use common sense safety practices when handling any scrap metal. The side effects of exposure to radiation can be very serious.

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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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