If you are looking for a way to bring in some extra cash, then scrap metal recycling could be just the thing. Depending on the type of metal, this can be quite the lucrative side hustle. Begin by contact local scrap buyers to see what they accept and what the daily price is for various types of scrap. Then, use the following guide to find your own sources for scrap metal in your area.
#1: Free lists
The free lists or free classifieds for your area can be one of the most lucrative places to seek out scrap metal. Begin by looking for people advertising for a haul away service – many people will post their broken appliances or boxes of metal pots from a kitchen cleanout on these services, hoping someone will haul them away at no cost. This gives you free access to scrap. You can also post your own ad requesting old appliances or other sources of scrap metal. Just be clear in what you take, as you don't want to haul away anything you will have to pay to dispose of.
#2: Shooting ranges
The metal and brass casings from bullets can often be sold to scrap metal dealers. Depending on current metal prices, this can be quite lucrative if you have a good source of such casings. Contact shooting ranges in your area and volunteer to clean up the casings. Outdoor ranges generally require weekly cleanups, so all you need to do is set aside a morning for the task. You will need to arrive either before the range opens or after it closes, and this will require working closely with the owners of the range, but it can be well worth it.
#3: Appliance stores
Many appliance stores offer their customers a haul away service of their old appliances upon delivery of the new. While some store will refurbish the old items or scrap the items themselves, many will work work with local scrap collectors. Visit the different stores in your area and ask the manager or owner what they do with the scrap, then offer to take it away at no charge. This tends to work better at small, locally owned stores, since the large chains usually have set rules they must follow.
#4: The break room
Are there large office buildings in your area? If so, approach the property manager and ask if you can place a recycling canister for aluminum cans in the break rooms. Then, collect the cans on a regular schedule and take them in for scrap recycling. You will be providing a service, since taking away the cans will lower the building managements waste disposal fees, while also lining your own pockets with a few extra dollars.
For more help, contact a scrap recycler in your area.