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1. Safety First

No matter what type of material you are searching for, it is critical that you take a few precautions. Injuries can vary in severity. For example: A cut from jagged metal or exposed wire can lead to all kinds of infections, whereas an ill-advised attempt to lift a heavy item can result in a crushed limb.

Make sure that you have a pair of thick work gloves when handling metal. Even with gloves, you must take care to see that the item you are attempting to recover isn’t too heavy.

2. Keep a Magnet in Your Pocket

A small pocket magnet is an essential tool for any serious scrap metal recycler. A magnet will stick firmly to metals which are heavy in iron (ferrous metals).

Meanwhile, ferrous-based metals such as steel and steel alloys are simply not worth as much as non-ferrous metals. If your magnet sticks to an item firmly, it’s a good indication that its metal is rich in iron.

3. Prepare/separate your Materials

This step is essential. When you arrive at the recycling center, they will usually not allow you an opportunity to sort your materials. They would rather skip over you in line and assist those who came prepared. You must sort your materials ahead of time in order to get full value for them. And to do that, you have to know what materials you have.

Besides sorting, prepping materials ensures that you will get full value for them. Much of the material you identify for scrapping purposes will be attached to other items.

4. Understand the Value of your Parts

This tip is basically self-explanatory. If you are unable to identify the type of materials, or cannot accurately assess their value in the market, then you are in the wrong business, plain and simple.

5. Establish a Good Reputation with Scrap Yards

Scrap yard workers have a tough enough day coping with the headache of sorting through tons of heavy metal. 

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