Monthly Archives: March, 2022

  1. Scrap Metal Recycling FAQs

    Scrap Metal Recycling – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    To the team at Action Metals Recyclers, scrap metal recycling is just another day in life. Sometimes, we admit that it’s easy to take our daily operations in stride and remember that people and businesses that want to recycle scrap metal may have questions about our practices.

    We’ve gathered a shortlist of our most common scrap metal questions to get new recyclers started. Let our answers help you make the most value out of your property’s scrap metal.

    Is Scrap Metal Recycling Something the Public Can Do?

    Some people wrongfully think that only construction sites and major corporations can utilize scrap metal recycling programs. However, facilities like Action Metals Recyclers are, in fact, open to the public for recycling practices.

    Regardless of the number of metals you may have to recycle, it’s in your best interest to practice scrap metal recycling.

    Aside from earning cash for your metals, recycling:

    • Saves natural resources
    • Prevents landfill overflow
    • Decreases pollution
    • Helps out the overall economy

    How Much Can People Make From Scrap Metal?

    While it’s difficult to determine just how much anyone can make from scrap metal at any time, we can say which metals generate the most income for customers that recycle their scraps.

    Copper, aluminum, brass, lead, and stainless steel can all give recyclers an excellent return on their investment. Keep in mind that prices of scrap metals fluctuate based on supply and demand. So, knowing where the market is before you scrap can be beneficial to your efforts.

    What Metals Cannot Be Scrapped?

    At Action Metals Recyclers, we accept most scrap collections, but there are definitely materials that we simply cannot legally accept.

    Two metals that we can’t accept are rarely touched by the average person (Uranium, Plutonium) However, we do have a list of the metals that a person can’t recycle at a facility:

    • Scrap metals contaminated with asbestos
    • Refrigerants
    • Public property metals (i.e. manholes, street signs, etc.)

    What’s the Difference Between Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals?

    Ferrous metals and non-ferrous metals are terms that are constantly used throughout the recycling process. Knowing the difference between the two can help a new recycler accurately estimate the value of their scrap metal haul.

    Ferrous Metals

    Ferrous metals are metals that contain properties like iron and stainless steel. They have magnetic capabilities but are most known for their strength and use throughout building construction, railway construction, tools, fences, and gates.

    Non-Ferrous Metals

    Non-Ferrous metals don’t contain iron and are generally lighter and more pliable than ferrous metals. Non-Ferrous metals can be found everywhere from copper piping to food cans, and automobile parts. Non-Ferrous metals are also typically more valuable when sold to a recycling company.

    What if I Have a Large Quantity of Scrap Metal?

    If you have a property with a large amount of scrap metal laying around, recycling with Action Metals Recyclers is the best option for an effective process that accurately determines a maximum payment for your scraps.

    Our state-of-the-art equipment from magnetic attachments to hydraulic shears and accurate, certified scales, guarantee a safe recycling process that keeps even the largest amounts of scrap metal out of landfills and prepares them best for future industrial use.

    Make the Most of Your Scrap Metal Recycling at Action Metals Recyclers

    If you’re ready to start recycling scrap metal but still have questions that go beyond our common starter questions, the team at Action Metals Recyclers is always ready to help.

    Our secure recycling center is located in Dallas and is open to the public 7 days a week. We are always ready to welcome new customers and pay them top dollar for their scrap metals.

    Contact us today to schedule your next drop-off or pickup.

  2. Why does scrap metal pricing fluctuate?

    Why Does Scrap Metal Pricing Fluctuate?

    Many industrial businesses and people that collect scrap metal rely on scrap metal pricing to help them bring in some extra cash for their scraps.

    However, it can be frustrating at times when a person goes to sell scrap metal only to find that the price has fluctuated in a direction that doesn’t meet their expectations. Fortunately, knowing why scrap metal prices fluctuate can be the key to keeping an eye on the best times to sell mass amounts of scrap metal to recyclers.

    Supply and Demand

    The scrap industry also fluctuates based on the supply and demand of metals. Higher demand for metals and the output of projects that require metals would naturally increase the price of scrap metal.

    Keep in mind that as supply continues to grow and that demand begins to decrease, there will be a surplus of metals and the prices will begin to reduce.

    Fluctuation of Virgin Metal Prices

    The current price of virgin metal mined from a direct source is closely linked to how scrap metal is priced. In essence, when the price of virgin metals increases, industries that require those metals will seek materials elsewhere, like from the scrap metal industry.

    However, as we’ve seen, as the demand for scrap metal increases, so will the price of these recycled materials. Therefore, it’s clear to see that when virgin metals shift in value, so will the value of scrap metals sold to a recycling facility.

    Import Costs

    The United States is known for importing large amounts of virgin metals from other countries. However, moving metals across international borders comes with its share of fuel and shipping costs that heavily influence the value of scrap metals.

    As import costs increase or decrease, the local demand for scrap metals will also fluctuate as industries either flock towards or move away from purchasing domestically recycled scrap metals. When this happens, the price of scrap metal naturally increases or decreases with the current consumer demand.

    Market Prices

    Local market price fluctuations can also impact scrap metal prices. From transporting metals to a recycling facility to the actual process of breaking down the materials, materials like gasoline, electricity, and coal literally keep the recycling process moving.

    If the cost for local fuel increases so does the price of metal; with the inverse situation also being true. So, if you notice your local gas prices fluctuating, you can be certain that the price your metals sell for will be higher or lower than your last visit to a recycling facility.

    Earn the Best Prices for Scrap Metal at Action Metals Recyclers

    If you have a large amount of ferrous or non-ferrous scrap metal on your property, Action Metals Recyclers is eager to help you turn your trash into treasure.

    We offer the best prices for scrap metal in Dallas and have on-site equipment to guarantee your scraps are properly separated, weighed, and priced.

    Contact us today to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment for pickup or drop-off at our Dallas recycling facility.

    We’re ready to help you make the world a cleaner, more efficient place.