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Happy Returns: Trending Issues In Recycling

Heya. I'm Janet Rundle and I am a passionate advocate for recycling and reusables. Before I get carried away, let me tell you about myself. I grew up on an organic farm where we aimed to have zero waste. My dad even ran his car on vegetable oils! These days, I work as a teacher aide in a school which has "caring for the environment" as its main mission. We don't have single-use straws, cups, plates, bags or plastics and we try to recycle everything from paper to drink cans. Every day, one of the staff or students has a bright idea about improving our environment. I have been recording our ideas on my computer, so I have decided to compile them into this blog for other "greenies" like myself. Maybe together, we can build up a real community passion for environmental awareness and recycling.

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Collecting and Selling Scrap Metal Found in Your Home

If you are looking to make some cash, you may not have considered the everyday objects around your home which could be sold for scrap. Old appliances, sporting equipment, tools and electronics all contain metal which can be sold to a recycling centre. Below is everything you need to know about recycling metal items found in your home.

Collecting metal items

The great thing about collecting metal which you wish to recycle is that you do not need to be an expert in identifying different types of metal or the potential value of different items. The staff at your local recycling centre will do this on your behalf. This means you can simply collect different metal appliances and items and take them along to your local scrap metal recycling dealer. If you have electronic items which are encased in plastic, you should consider opening them up and removing the copper wiring. While this may seem like a tiny amount of metal, if you collect a bundle of copper wires, this could earn you a nice bit of cash.

Staying safe

When collecting scrap metal from around your home, it is important that you stay safe. You should always wear protective gloves when handling items which have sharp edges or parts. If you plan to open up an appliance to remove the internal wiring, you should ensure that the item is disconnected from the power supply and that any batteries are removed. Doing so will keep you safe from the risk of electrical shocks. Gloves will also help to protect your hands when handling rusty metal parts. If you cut your hand with rusty metal, you may develop a serious infection. If you plan to remove metal which is located at a height, you should use suitable ladders which are held in place by a friend.

Checking scrap metal prices

Before you visit your local recycling yard, you should check out the latest prices for scrap metal. A simple internet search will bring up the latest price being paid for different metals. These prices are always changing in reaction to global supply and demand. Having an idea of the current prices will allow you to assess if the offer made to you by the dealer is a good one.

If you would like to find out more about collecting and recycling scrap metal, you should make contact with a scrap metal recycling centre today. The staff there will be happy to offer you further advice and information.