3 Expensive Mistakes to Avoid When Scrapping

Many people collect and sell scrap materials for some extra change throughout the year. But selling excess metals and materials lying around comes in handy especially after the holiday spending is complete.

With that said, if you’re new to scrapping, sometimes you can fall short on the amount of money you could be getting from certain materials.

Here are three tips on how to get the most dough from your scrap.

1. Sort and prepare your metals.
Sorting your metals by type, such as aluminum, copper, brass, steel, stainless steel, and similar categories ensures you’ll get the best possible price for each metal group rather than the lowest possible for mixed scrap. Removing any paint, dirt, or other coatings will also put your metal into a better category, hence getting more of a profit. This is because you’re saving the recycling company from the expense of storing the bulkier scrap with the coating intact and then having to prepare it themselves.

2. Know your scrap metal grades and prices.
Because the market changes and fluctuates every day, it’s important to keep up to date with prices to ensure you get the best deal. If you’re unsure of scrap metal grades, it’s best to ask for advice regarding the material you intend to recycle so you can begin to work out its worth with your dealer.

Check out West Virginia Cashin’s current prices on our current prices page.

3. Deal with a reputable scrapyard.
A disreputable yard may have inaccurate scales that will show a lower weight than the scrap you’re selling. They may also offer lower prices than a reputable yard, often on reasons that won’t stand up when you know the industry.

Be sure that you’re working with a dealer who’s certified and accredited, and, above all else, one that is trusted in the community.

WV Cashin has been a loyal scrapyard to serve the Nitro area and beyond and continues to be a leader in the Mountain State’s recycling efforts.

For more information on WV Cashin’s operations, please call 304-755-5187.

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