It is no secret that planet Earth is in the middle of mass extinction. Unlike previous mass extinctions, this one is not because of natural causes. Instead, we as humans are destroying and suffocating our planet humans because of our activities.
We have entered a very critical phase of climate change and we have only a couple of years before the damage becomes reversible. If that happens and we don’t play our role in saving the planet, no one will save us from the horrors that global warming will bring with it.
We all have to play our part in saving the planet and start adopting a sustainable lifestyle that leaves a minimum carbon footprint on the planet. And one simple step that everyone can take to reduce their environmental impact and earn money at the same time is to start metal recycling.
In this blog post, we’ve narrowed down a list of five common metals that are present in your home which you can use to earn money.
Here’s everything that you need to know about it:
Copper – From Piping, Tubing, and Electronic Appliances
Copper is a metal with a very high market price (around US$4 per pound right now). It is used in almost all appliances and therefore, it has a high market demand as well.
If you wonder where you can find it in your home, you don’t have to do much hard work. All you have to do is to keep all the old pipes, tubes, wires, and electronic appliances that you usually throw away.
You can collect all the scraps that may have copper in them and store them away, and when you think that you’ve collected enough, then you move to the next step that is recycling the metal (we talk about this more at the end of this post).
Aluminum – From Tin Cans, Foil, Pots and Pans
Aluminum is probably the most common household metal you can find. You use it every day in the form of aluminum sheets, tin cans, jar lids, etc.
Therefore, it is safe to say that it is the metal that is going to earn you most of the money. So, make sure that you start saving aluminum in every form. Since it is a soft metal, it is easy to recycle, and it means that you can make a lot of money recalling.
All you have to do is to dedicate a bucket in your kitchen for aluminum. The kitchen is the best-suited place for this bucket because most of the aluminum is present in the packaging of food items. This way, not only you’ll be able to reduce your over-trash volume, but you’ll also be able to make money out of it.
Stainless Steel – Cutlery, Sinks, Crockery
Stainless steel is another pricey metal that can earn you a lot of money if you stop throwing it in the trash. Most of the spoons, forks, knives, and other cutlery and crockery items are made of stainless steel. However, most of us just buy old cutlery without realizing its worth it. If you want to make some extra money, then all you have to do is make sure that you start collecting everything made of stainless steel instead of wasting it from today. By the end of the year, you’ll have a lot of stainless steel at your disposal that you can take to the recycling unit and earn money from it.
Brass – Door Handles, Bathroom fixtures, Plumbing Pipes
If you are thinking about a bathroom upgrade, you must know that there is a lot of brass there. A lot of door handles, bathroom fixtures, sink fixtures, and some plumbing pipes are made of brass. Save the brass and recycle it!
Steel – Plumbing Sites, Household Appliances
While steel is not the most common household metal, it is still very expensive. Therefore, you need to make sure that you save everything in your store that is made of steel until it is in a reasonable amount to get recycled.
How to Recycle These Metals
Once you’ve collected all the metals in the scrap form, it is time to earn money from this scrap. Now, you have two options: you can either sell the metal as scrap, or recycle it first, and then sell the recycled metal.
But, how would you recycle metal yourself? Well, you don’t. You have to find a local metal recycling unit and take all the scrap metal there. They’ll charge a small amount and give you back all the metal in recycled form.
You can then sell the recycled metal to local vendors and earn a reasonable deal of money from it. Remember, the more metal you’ll collect, the more money you’ll be able to make.
Another option is to just sell the metal as scrap. You’ll make less this way, but if you aren’t selling a lot of metal than the difference may be so small that it is worth your time to just sell the metal directly in its scrap form.
Either way, if you have been throwing scrap metals in the trash can, then it is time that you start keeping the trash that can help you earn money.
This post was kindly sponsored by Recycling Center Near Me, an online recycling resource created to help consumers and businesses locate recycling facilities in their area.