While there are plenty of environmentally conscious reasons for metal recycling, there is one reason that seems to have more people interested, and that is profit! With the current soaring prices offered at scrap yards people are often recycling metals that they would have otherwise thrown out. Metal can be found just about anywhere to recycle for cash, and a truckload of various metals can easily bring in hundreds or thousands of dollars depending on the type of metal and the quality.
Aluminum is one metal that is easily found when tearing down homes (such as in window and door frames, siding, etc) and is very light weight. Aluminum is not the most profitable metal, but it still can yield a decent amount of money at the crap yard when the metal is clean, which means without nails, screws, and other debris, and it is light weight enough to make it easy to move and collect.
Copper is one metal that can be found in homes being torn down, as copper is almost always used in piping. Copper is also one of the better paying metals when using a scrap yard for metal recycling. Brass similarly can be found in homes being torn apart, and also in pots and knickknacks that may no longer be in good shape. Brass is another metal that carries a high price in terms of metal recycling.
Metal recycling can be quite profitable for those who are willing to work toward it. Some cash in their metal as they get it for small pocket change while others gather it through a years time frame and cash it in all at once for a more serious influx of revenue. In either scenario, its all gain for little effort! All one needs to do to collect the money is to collect the metal and bring it to a scrap yard.
Where can scrap metal be found? While handymen and others in the construction and primarily demolition fields seem to always have access to otherwise unused scraps for metal recycling, it is available to every day people as well just check the papers! Classified ads often times list old trailers, automobiles, and other such things free for scrap metal. The ambitious individual looking to gain money from metal recycling should jump at the chance when it is provided in this manner. Online classified ads are also a great resource for finding unused scrap metal, and being ambitious by stopping by a home and speaking to owners whom have cars rusting on the property may yield potential income.