Other Ideas for Scrap

There are many other ways to re-use and even make money from scrap.

If you have any ideas or comments to share, please let us know



The Brake Drum Forge

My Father has been very successful in smelting metals using a simple wood fired forge made from 2 discarded truck brake drums and some other scrap metal bits and pieces.

The Basic construction for this type of forge is as per the rough diagram below.
The Door in the top Drum was cur using an Angle grinder, then the hinge and drums where welded together using low carbon welding rods. (Normal Mild Steel welding rods do not work well on this kind of metal).

The Door could be cut with oxy/acetalene but this is very messy and difficult so I would not recommend it.  The Air source we used was an old hairdryer, and we have used a vacuum cleaner as well, both easy to get and cheap.

A small steel crucible was used to melt aluminum and lead with ease, and this furnace could easily smelt iron or steel, but a proper silicon carbide type crucible would be required.

As Truck brake drums are designed to withstand heat, they tend to last quite a few years before burning out (we haven't burnt one out yet).

I'd be curious to see what other people have used to make their own furnaces!.  

Food for thought.


When picking up scrap metal and white goods I have come across many old printers.

The cartridges in these devices often have a resale value – especially laser and photocopier cartridges.

There are many places which will buy these items from you and several offer free shipping, (they send you boxes to fill).

This is a good option to supplement money from scrap collection, and often schools and businesses throw these cartridges out so another ready source of income.  Very handy if you have your own business or help out at a school or charity.

A good site to find out if a particular cartridge is worth something is:


There is a search function there by make and model.

There are a number of sites listed in the links page – maybe you can find one close to save on shipping or comment and let me know of any others.



Scrap metal Art

This type of use is very popular, and for the creative folk this may be a great way to make some extra money..You often see them for sale in markets and the like.  Maybe an online idea.. :-)


 More examples on the Photo Page



Creative Results of Metal Crafts

Steel art can be quite expressive, be it huge statue, jewelry, walls fine art, good disciplines as well as structural work. A basic understanding of metalworking will allow you to begin making. Here is how to begin like a metal designer.

An intrinsic ability in order to metalworking is welding though it is possible to pick up it can take years to understand. Welding is a method associated with mixing two pieces of steel through focalizing an electrical current in a specific area, which induces the steel to warmth and fuse.

Metal inert gas welding is the most well-to-do to learn conformed through arc/stick welding. Inert gasoline welding utilizing tungsten is especially for non-ferrous alloys. The traditional method however is mostly used by welders is actually oxy-acetylene welding.

Soldering can be used to combine small items and non-ferrous metals like the process of welding. A well-protected welder guarantees very first his / her security because metalworking is a very serious practice, therefore it is very important which you each time you work put on protective equipment. This includes goggles which are shatterproof, breathing as well as welding goggles, ear plugs, suede covers for the clothing or even leather, gloves which are heat-resistant, protection with regard to lengthy hair as well as steel-toe boots. The fireplace extinguisher, first-aid package as well as eyewash useful will also be necessary resources in order to provide when soldering or welding. Do not take a close look about the spark when you are welding or soldering since the light produced might burn your own retina.

A good idea to obtain the resources for the projects on alloys are using scrap metal but it is gaining popularity due to the growing price of metals. 

Read more from http://www.fistfire.com.

Scrap a Car - Many companies like this around.

Companies like this may also be a good place to get rid of scrap vehicles. 

ALL VEHICLES wanted in any condition
Cars Vans Utes 4WD Trucks forklifts Wanted
Running or Not, Drivable or Not, Good or Bad registered or Not,


Call Us Now On: 0449 109 473

We will Buy all sorts of vehicles in any condition for cash or check $50 to $20,000 Top Dollars Paid

Damaged or not, drivable or not, dead or alive, rego or not - No hassle pick up within 1 hour


Interesting thoughts - other uses for Metal..


Scrap metal can be useful for a variety of projects, from artistic endeavors to home repair. Finding the right scrap metal for your project depends on factors, but many of the places you can find scrap metal offer a variety of metal types to suit any need. Be sure to wear thick leather gloves when sorting through scrap metals to find the right piece, as sharp edges can cause cuts.

The type of metal you need mostly depends on how you will be shaping and fastening it, and this may affect where you find your scrap metal supply. Galvanized sheet metals are excellent for outdoor purposes, as the galvanization process prevents rust, even when exposed to rain. However, galvanized metals should not be welded, as the zinc coating near the weld will be vaporized, eliminating its protective qualities and causing a temporary illness known as "metal fume fever" if the vaporized zinc fumes are inhaled. If the coating is important, only seek out galvanized metal if your fastening process will use rivets, bolts or other hardware rather than welding.

Bronze, lead and other alloys for casting may be harder to find in their pure form, but they are the metals to choose if you will be melting the metal down and pouring it into a mold--a process called casting. These metals may be termed "scrap" in their used forms, although they aren't technically scraps (industrial leftovers). Instead, they are metals that were once used for a purpose and have since been recycled or thrown away.
Locating Suppliers

Scrap metal is best found locally rather than over the Internet, due to shipping costs, which are generally calculated based on weight. Junkyards and dumps generally separate metals out from other garbage and may resell them to the public. You may find meltable alloys in this type of setting, but always use caution when melting scrap metals, as there is no guarantee the metal is pure and free from finishing chemicals that might cause toxic fumes when heated.

Check used building supply warehouses for a variety of types of scrap metal. The current interest in "green" practices has significantly affected the real estate and construction industries. Many major cities--and even some smaller ones in eco-conscious areas--have stores that take donations of used building materials and resell them at discount prices, much like a thrift store. Scrap metal is generally found in the form of ducting, hardware, old door handles and plumbing fixtures at these locations.

Local manufacturers may also be good sources for free or cheap metal, particularly sheet metal. Companies that create or sell heating and ventilation ducts may be happy to have you take scrap off their hands, since it saves them dumping fees. For the same reason, local contractors that handle remodels may also be happy to save scrap metal for you. If your area has a builder's association, contact them for leads to contractor scrap metals.

Check your local hardware and home improvement stores for "freebie" bins, where employees place broken or discontinued items they are willing to give away for free. These are often located outside the store at the entrance or exit closest to the contractors' desk. While most frequently used for drywall and trim, you may be able to find scrap metal in these bins.

Interesting Scrap database from the states

Headline News

Redemtech Free Database Aims to Help Companies Keep Pace with Regulations


Database covers electronic scrap and data security regulations throughout the world.

Redemtech, based in Columbus, Ohio, is offering a free database designed to help companies navigate the global electronic scrap and data security regulations. The online database, available at www.redemtech.com/regulatory, provides access to information on current and pending regulations that impact decisions on managing and retiring electronic equipment.

The regulations are categorized by E-Waste, Data Security and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, specifically Section 404 provisions that require organizations to account for how idle technology is taken off their books.
The E-Waste and Data Security categories are broken down into geographic regions, including U.S. Federal and state, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The E-Waste and Data Security sections can be downloaded as PDF files.
“As governments enact more laws to address growing e-waste and data security concerns, staying abreast of relevant regulations can be a time-consuming process for a wide range of stakeholders, from IT and security to the finance, legal and compliance staffs,” says Robert Houghton, president of Redemtech. “Our database will streamline the process and help companies ensure their compliance when addressing a wide range of volatile issues, from consumer privacy breaches to financial audits and environmental sustainability.”
Redemtech also offers a free news service that provides ongoing updates about regulatory compliance, data security, electronic scrap, corporate social responsibility and other topics.


Buy / Sell / Trade Listings Submission

Interesting Links

The Recycler's Exchange is a membership based worldwide information exchange for those companies and individuals who BUY/SELL/TRADE commodities, materials, goods and services relevant to this industry.


Steel & Iron Scrap Recycling (Fe)  http://sa.recycle.net/cgi-bin/emfview.cgi?rid=LA983311

Railroad Scrap & Ship Breaking http://www.metalworld.com/cgi-bin/emfview.cgi?rid=LW982233

Copper Scrap Newsgroup  http://www.metalworld.com/cgi-bin/emfview.cgi?rid=LW983812

Aluminum Scrap  http://www.metalworld.com/cgi-bin/emfview.cgi?rid=LA983856

Scrap Zinc http://www.recycle.net/cgi-bin/emfview.cgi?rid=LA981607

Scrap Catalytic Converters  http://www.recycle.net/cgi-bin/emfview.cgi?rid=LW983897

Wool Scrap http://www.recycle.net/cgi-bin/emfview.cgi?rid=LW983508

Lead/Acid Battery  http://www.recycle.net/cgi-bin/emfview.cgi?rid=LW982291

Other Battery Recycling http://www.recycle.net/cgi-bin/emfview.cgi?rid=LW983172

Scrap Silver Recycling  http://www.recycle.net/cgi-bin/emfview.cgi?rid=LW983081

Scrap Mercury http://www.recycle.net/cgi-bin/emfview.cgi?rid=LW981947

Scrap Brass and Bronze http://www.recycle.net/cgi-bin/emfview.cgi?rid=LA982071

CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) Recycling http://www.recycle.net/cgi-bin/emfview.cgi?rid=LA982877

Used Phones & Telephone Equipment  http://www.recycle.net/cgi-bin/emfview.cgi?rid=LW982824

Some food for thought from the UK.

From Seeds of Wisdom Forum


Some really good tips

 You do Not need a Truck to get started in this business. Heck, you don't even need a Pick Up - it helps if you do have a Pickup, but you do Not Need one to get started.

In fact, one fellow in the UK started his Scrap Metal Business with his Sedan. If the load was too big to transport in his Sedan he'd either hook up a trailer to his sedan, Hire a Pickup or small Truck to drive to transport it, or even hire a larger transport with driver if it warranted it. With the point being, do Not let your lack of Pickup be a hindrance to getting started in this business.

He started by taking his scrap to existing scrap metal yards - as all people would be advised to start. And eventually opened his own yard.

And with regards to this, you need to know the various prices at the various yards. And you need to know this for a couple of reasons...

Reason # 1: For convenience and Smoother Operation. If you have a Load on the West side of the city you live in, you don't want to drive to the East side to drop it off at the scrap yard unless it financially warrants it. You'll be losing too much Time in traffic. Better to drop off at the Nearby Yard so you can do more jobs in that area.

Reason # 2: You might be able to get more money for some metals at some yards than others. For example, one yard might be paying $1.90 per kg for Aluminum (alley, as we call it) while another yard might be paying $2.20 kg. If you have a couple of hundred kilograms one yard would be paying you $380 and the other yard $440 - a difference of $60. Better to take it to the yard that pays the best, as long as you don't then spend the extra money in Costs to do so. (Silly to drive across town to get the extra $60 while spending $20 on fuel and losing out on another $300 job in the area because you took too long to check them out and give them a price.)

You can find out their respective prices over the phone. Call them and ask them for their prices on...

Stainless Steel
Copper - pipe, stripped wire, insulated wire

With the exception of Steel, you should get prices per KG or Pound. Steel is by the Tonne and is quite cheap - maybe $80 per 1,000 kg.

Generally, the prices go...

Copper Wire Stripped (sometimes three times as much as insulated wire) and Copper Pipe
Copper Wire Insulated
Aluminum - there are usually two prices for Alley depending on if it was Cast Alley or not.
Stainless Steel

I actually like Brass over Copper Wire because of its Weight to Volume ratio. It weights a lot while taking up a small space. (Visit a hardware store and pick up a Brass Faucet Set to understand this.)

You'll also need to carry a magnet around with you. With the exception of Steel, the others are Non Magnetic. Important to know before you think you've got a load of Brass when it's really Brass Coated Steel or Brass Colored Steel.

Also a good idea to carry around some Hay Bale Bags or Garden Waste Bags or even the smaller Fertilizer Bags to put Loose Wire into. A small fertilizer bag might hold 20kg of wire while the larger bags could hold around 100kg. At $2 per kg for such wire, the small bag would be worth about $40 while the larger bag around $200. Often, you can get such bags for Free from the scrap yard by telling them you have a Lot of wire and need a bag to put it into to get it to them.

Other handy items would include a Four Wheel Trolley - the kind you see sold in Office Supply Stores and some Auto Accessory Stores. Flat, and low to the ground, they are ideal for putting those Bags onto and then Wheeling to your vehicle.

Many bags of wire can be filled during an Office Strip Out. In fact, talking to a couple of Sparkies on a 12 floor strip out I was involved in, they took out 1,500kg of wire per floor. At $2 per kg, that was $3,000 worth of wire per floor. Times the 12 floors and their boss pocketed $36,000 in scrap wire while also Charging for taking it away.

Another fellow would visit Mechanics and take away the discarded Catalytic Converter (CAT). Last I heard, he opened them, took out the Titanium and put it into four 44 gallon drums (all on one pallet) and sold the four drums to a company in Germany for $120,000!!!

Another guy drives around in a small Flat Bed truck picking up bags of wire. I've seen him with 8 bags on his truck - at anywhere from $200 - $300 a bag (depending on the price at the time) he had at least $1,600 worth of scrap on his truck.

Some sparkies have told me about Wiring Up a new office fitout on the Friday only to find it stripped of wire on the Monday thanks to Wire Thieves who then sell it to the scrap yards.

Even hotwater systems have a value - copper ones. Ask your scrap yards how much they pay for a system. If they paid $50 say, then you could run an ad...

Hot Water Systems Wanted. Any age or condition. Cash Paid. 555-5555

Pay $15 to $25 per system and you'll make $25 to $35 per system. Ten systems a day will make you $250 to $350 per day. If you find you can get $70 per system, then paying $15 to $25 per system nets you $45 to $55 - ten per day then makes you $450 to $550.

You might be able to Do A Deal with some Sparkies to Cash In their wire for them. They call you to let you know they have few Bags ready. You visit, pay them in cash, then take the bags to the Scrap Yard to get paid yourself. In such cases, always make at Least what you paid them. That is, if you paid them $100 for the bag you want that bag to be at least worth $200 to you. While this is a 50/50 cut you'd not have those bags without them doing the stripping and bagging work for you. And you make some easy money just taking it to the yard.

This is one of those businesses where you have to get the word out Directly. To mechanics to collect Copper Radiators, Plumbers who might replace water systems for the Brass and Copper they take out, sparkies for the wire, and so on. Many such Contacts already know of the Value of the Scrap they have, and would use you as a Convenience to doing it themselves. But it's worth sending them a flyer or even Business card letting them know you exist.

Heck, you might even find a niche taking away old washing machines and the like. They have Metal which has a worth...

Old Washing Machines & Dryers Taken Away. Only $10 Disposal Fee. Call 555-5555

Get paid to take it away and paid for the metal it has. It's usually Steel Outer and Inner so might not be worth the High Prices of Copper or Alley, but the yard still might pay you for them - call them and ask. Even if they won't pay for them they will Take Them Off Your Hands, so you could still make money charging others to take them away.

You'll find some metals come into your hands in greater volume than others. In this regard it's a good idea to have some Storage Containers at home. A Container for each metal is ideal...

So as you come across the odd Brass Faucet it goes in the Brass Container. Same for Stainless Steel Door Handles and Door Furniture going in the Stainless Steel Container. That enables you to have small Stock Piles of certain Items to be Cashed In when they reach 20kg worth.

Other than the above, just get into and learn the rest as you go. You'll discover there is more metal available than you at first realized.



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