7 Ways to Make More Money On Your Scrap Metal

Posted: December 12, 2013


Here at Rockaway Recycling we always like to make sure to give our customers great information on how to make more money on their scrap metal. From copper to computer scrap, we will be able to give you the best advice on how you should prepare and separate your materials before coming to our facility.

If you aren’t sure on what to do before you come here, you can always watch our videos or you can ask us when you arrive and we will be sure to help! Below we have made a list of some simple tips on how to make more money on your most common scrap items:

  1. Separate your copper pipes. Copper pipes with solder and brass fittings will be classified as #2 Copper Pipe and will be less per pound than #1 Copper Pipe which is bare and free of fittings.
  2. Strip your copper wire when you have a lot. If you only have a few dozen pounds of regular wire, it won’t make sense to strip it for the bare bright copper wire inside, so instead bring it in as it is.
  3. Use your magnet! This is one of the simplest and easiest ways to make more money on your scrap metal. If the magnet sticks, you have a ferrous metal, which is worth less money. Non-ferrous metals include, copper, brass, stainless steel, and aluminum.
  4. Separate your metals before you arrive. It is much easier for our team to sort through your materials when you arrive to make sure you are getting paid for the right items if they are separate.
  5. Pull out electric motors. If you are taking apart electronics or any equipment that involves an electric motor, be sure to remove it and scrap it separately. Electric motors can be a good amount of weight and can really add up to a lot at the scales.
  6. Separate those electronics. When you have low-grade, motherboards, CPU’s, harddrives, and RAM boards all mixed together, you are losing money. We pay separate prices for all of these, so be sure to keep them separate.
  7. Keep your catalytic converters intact. When you are looking to scrap your catalytic converters with Rockaway Recycling be sure to keep them in their casing, so that we can better identify them when you bring them in.
If you have any questions about making more money on your scrap metal and other ways you can do it, be sure to visit our Let’s Learn to Scrap section for more information. Next time you’re at our shop, be sure to ask questions! We will be happy to help you get the most money for you scrap at Rockaway Recycling.
Virginia B.
Rockaway Recycling
311 W. Main St.
Rockaway, NJ 07866
1-800-317-JUNK