Frequently Asked Questions: Metal Recycling

Recycling scrap metal is a great way to make some extra money and help the environment. If you’ve been avoiding trading in your scrap metal because you don’t feel knowledgable on the process, we are here to help!

What types of metals are there?

Ferrous metals

Ferrous metals contain iron and are magnetic. They are the stronger type of metal and are often used in the construction of bridges & buildings, and for fences, chains, & nails. This type of metal contains high levels of carbon, making it susceptible to rust. Some examples of ferrous metals include cast iron, wrought iron, and carbon steel.

Non-ferrous  metals

Non-ferrous metals do not contain iron and are not magnetic. This type of metal is not as strong as those with iron but instead is more flexible. The flexibility of non-ferrous metals makes them frequently used materials for gutters, food storage, and jewelry. Non-ferrous metals are also not likely to rust. Some examples of non-ferrous metals include stainless steel, aluminum, copper, and tin.

What types of metals can be recycled?

Both ferrous and non-ferrous metals can and should be recycled. This means you can recycle almost any type of metal, from soda cans to building structures. Some other examples of everyday items that can be recycled include appliances, cars or anything with a motor, and construction equipment. You can even recycle gold & silver in exchange for cash!

What do I need to bring with me?

In order to recycle metal, you must be 18 or older and bring a valid form of ID with you.

Why should I recycle metals?

Recycling metals is crucial to protecting the environment and cutting back on waste. The process of creating new metal uses huge amounts of energy & resources. Metals can almost always be reused to create new products, instead of making new metal to do so. Making items out of recycled metal produces substantially less greenhouse gas emissions than those with newly manufactured material. It also saves natural resources such as iron and limestone.

Do I get anything in return?

Recycling metal with Allied Recycling will put some extra cash in your pocket. We will pay you on the spot for junk cars, or for scrap materials including aluminum, copper, and stainless steel. Your payout depends on the type of metal you are recycling and the weight.

If you are around the Boston, MA area and looking to recycle scrap metal for cash, contact Allied Recycling today!