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Scrap Metal Recycling: A Different Kind Of Heavy Metal

Scrap Metal Recycling: A Different Kind Of Heavy Metal


[This article first appeared here in September 2021 and has been revised and expanded.]

Sometimes your junk removal means getting rid of large metal items. And sometimes these items are too large or too heavy to load and dispose of yourself. No worries!

Whether that means old engine blocks, household appliances that no longer work, or piles of scrap iron, removal and disposal can be a challenge.


Your Scrap Metal: Is It Bigger Than a Bread Box?

Apparently, way back in the day, that was a common expression of comparison when trying to determine how large or small something was. But who today even knows what a "bread box" is anymore?

So, maybe we should ask, "Is it bigger than a large microwave oven?"

That's probably a more useful visual for most of us these days. And, if your scrap metal junk items really are bigger than a microwave, then you probably aren't to keen on hauling them anywhere by yourself. 

We get it.

Anyone who has tried to muscle a clothes washer or dryer out of a laundry room, or down from a truck bed, understands how difficult and even dangerous moving some large metal items can be. A large capacity washing machine can weigh almost 230 pounds, for example.

And if you are the lucky owner of a few old engine blocks, you probably don't even want to think about hauling those anywhere!

Often, however, it's not so much the size of the individual items, but the total quantity that makes up for a large scrap metal load. 

Unfortunately, this often means that large amounts of scrap metal junk stays inside garages, sheds, and backyards or on the side of loading docks and parking areas. No one wants to move them. But that's truly unfortunate because almost every metal is 100 percent recyclable

That includes pretty much anything made out of the following:

  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • Cast Iron
  • Copper
  • Steel
  • Tin

There are some rare materials that are not recyclable and these include mercury, uranium, and plutonium. But if you have some of those last two, you probably have other problems to worry about beside recycling!


Does Scrap Metal Recycling Really Matter?

In the world of waste management and environmental sustainability, recycling scrap metal stands out as a shining example of how we can transform seemingly useless materials into valuable resources. Scrap metal recycling not only benefits the environment but also offers numerous economic advantages.

Scrap Metal Recycling: Turning Trash into Treasure

Here are several examples that illustrate the value and importance of recycling scrap metal:

Environmental Benefits
Recycling scrap metal significantly reduces the need for mining and ore extraction, which is a resource-intensive and environmentally damaging process. By repurposing discarded metal items, we conserve natural resources and decrease energy consumption. This, in turn, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and the overall carbon footprint of metal production.

Energy Conservation
The energy required to extract and refine metals from raw ore is substantially higher than the energy needed for recycling. Recycling scrap metal consumes significantly less energy, contributing to lower energy costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. This energy efficiency is not only eco-friendly but also economically advantageous.

Economic Value
Scrap metal recycling is a thriving industry that offers numerous economic benefits. Businesses and individuals can generate income by selling their scrap metal to recycling centers. This not only incentivizes responsible disposal of metal waste but also creates jobs and stimulates local economies.

Reduced Landfill Waste
One of the biggest problems associated with metal waste is its space-consuming nature in landfills. By recycling scrap metal, we divert substantial volumes of waste away from these already overcrowded disposal sites, extending their lifespans and saving precious land resources.

Resource Preservation
Metals are finite resources, and their extraction can have severe environmental consequences. By recycling scrap metal, we extend the lifespan of these resources, ensuring they are available for future generations. This resource preservation is essential for sustainable development and long-term environmental health.

Promoting Sustainable Practices
Recycling scrap metal isn't just a practical activity; it's a powerful symbol of our commitment to sustainability. By participating in scrap metal recycling, individuals and businesses demonstrate their dedication to responsible resource management and environmental protection, setting a positive example for others to follow.

Scrap Metal Matters!

Scrap metal recycling is a win-win solution. It reduces environmental impact, conserves energy, boosts the economy, minimizes landfill waste, preserves precious resources, and promotes a sustainable mindset.

By choosing to recycle scrap metal, you're not just disposing of waste; you're actively contributing to a cleaner, greener, and more prosperous future for our planet.


But I Only Have a Few Loads of Cans and Small Stuff!

We understand that not all scrap metal is going to be large, or heavy, or even difficult for you to haul yourself. And we know that many people might prefer to take a more DIY approach to metal recycling. 


That's why we put together this handy checklist for metal recycling to help you along the way should decide to take the "self-service" scrap metal recycling route:




Scrap Metal Recycling Needn't Be a DIY Project

For the rest of us who either don't have the time, interest, or suitable vehicles for hauling old engine blocks, copper tubing, or broken-down clothes dryers, there is always the full-service option.

Calling Junk King means having someone else do the work of picking up and removing all your scrap metal junk items. And we'll haul it all to a local recycling facility so that all your scrap metal junk can be turned into new materials with environmentally friendly processes.

Regardless of the type, weight, or size of your scrap metal junk, metal recycling is possible for just about any material, including:

  • Iron, steel, copper, aluminum, and brass scrap items
  • Steel beams, tubing, pipes, wire, and other metal construction debris
  • Old plumbing fixtures and other metal renovation or remodeling debris
  • Old lawn and garden equipment as well as large, household appliances
  • And just about any other unwanted metal junk!

We will safely carry scrap metal debris off your property and load it into our large, junk removal trucks. From pick-up to hauling to disposal, scrap metal recycling service with Junk King will  relieve you of an otherwise difficult and even dangerous chore.

So, remember: when you need large scrap metal recycling, Junk King will come and pick up any amount and types of metal from your home, business, or construction site.

In fact, pretty much the only thing we don't take is hazardous waste.


Junk King: Your Solution for Scrap Metal Recycling

No need to do it yourself - just make the call and we'll do all the heavy lifting for you!

Junk King will provide you with efficient, safe, and affordable scrap metal pick up so you don’t need to worry about how to dispose of your old, scrap metal items yourself.

We can be at your house or workplace in mere minutes, so call us today! Our team is fully insured and well-trained, so you can trust them to get rid of your unwanted items in a professional and courteous fashion.

One of the best things about hiring Junk King is that, along with scrap metal and metal junk items, we recycle most of the material we pick-up. In fact, we work hard to recycle as much as 60 percent or more of everything we pick up each day, including scrap metal.

This is simply more proof of our commitment to being the premier eco-friendly junk removal service in America.

With Junk King, you only need to point us in the direction of your unwanted junk and scrap metal and our friendly, uniformed staff will take it from there. And we always provide  you with clear and upfront pricing when we arrive - or even before get there!

So, make an appointment and get a free, no-obligation quote before we start.

Call Junk King today at 1.888.888.JUNK (5865) or book online!


Scrap Metal Recycling: A Different Kind Of Heavy Metal


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