How to find scrap metal sources

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How to find scrap metal sources
Scrap metal can often be obtained inexpensively, or for free, at junkyards. (scrap heap image by hazel proudlove from

Scrap metal, such as aluminium or iron, may be seen as junk to some people, but if you enjoy metal casting, you know it has value as artistic material. Likewise, scrap metal can be recycled, and some recycling companies pay you for doing so. You may have trouble finding scrap metal, however, unless you have a source for old, discarded items. By looking around junkyards, auto part shops and even your own home, you can discover almost enough scrap metal for any project or recycling need.

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    Save your aluminium cans instead of throwing them away and ask friends and family members to do the same. Aluminium is often used as a source of scrap metal and you are often paid by the pound if you choose to recycle the cans.

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    Go to a salvage yard and retrieve scrap metal parts from the vehicles. Parts that may be used as scrap metal include cylinder heads, housings and transmission cases. Almost any metal piece of the vehicle that you can remove is usable.

  3. 3

    Look for scrap metal at junkyards. For a small fee, you are usually able to haul away as much as you can fit in your vehicle. Search for old iron pipes, furnaces, metal bed frames or any other suitable metal.

  4. 4

    Look around your house for metallic objects you no longer need. Lawn chair frames can often be used as scrap metal, as well as aluminium foil and pie pans.

  5. 5

    Go to auctions, both online and live, to find sources of scrap metal. You may often be able to locate a variety of scrap metal that cannot be found elsewhere. If you have additional scrap metal you want to get rid of, selling it at an auction is an ideal way to do so.

Tips and warnings

  • Use caution when handling scrap metal. You can injure yourself if you do not handle it carefully.

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