college hunks hauling junk scrap metal
Back to Blog

Do Junk Removal Companies Take Scrap Metal? | College HUNKS

June 29, 2022

Do Junk Removal Companies Take Scrap Metal?

Over time, we all start to acquire a collection of junk. For most of us it is usually old or damaged furniture, boxes of curios, papers, clothes, or even collections we might have inherited (and would never consider putting out on display).  In short, just about anything you no longer have use for in your home can be considered Junk. But not all junk is created equally. Some of this junk that builds up is in the form of scrap metal. Believe it or not, but you might find yourself saddled with an extensive collection of junk which is a scrap yard's dream.

Different kinds of scrap metal

If you have recently moved into a new-to-you property or are in the process of cleaning up a property, you will probably end up with some scrap metal. The most common of residential scrap metal is the ubiquitous broken appliance. Clothes washers, dryers, dishwashers, and water heaters are some of a few examples. Metal fence materials, corrugated metal roof panels, car parts, metal flashing and gutters are some examples of residential scrap metal. For commercial sites, you might have discarded or scrap building materials such as metal wall studs, coils of extra copper wire and galvanized conduit pipe. A big reason this junk winds up as scrap is because most people don’t know what to do with it. 

What can you do about all that scrap metal?

Scrap metal doesn't go away on its own and enough of it can be a real eyesore. Scrap metal also has the dubious honor of being dangerous, since sharp edges, and rust could hurt someone if they weren't careful. That is not the kind of headache you need on your property. You can free up that space in your property buy understanding what types of metal can and can not be recycled.

Your partners in scrap metal removal

College HUNKS Hauling Junk and Moving are experts in getting rid of that scrap metal. Items such as steel, copper, scrap iron, and other metals can be repurposed, reused, and recycled almost indefinitely. We work diligently with our partners to make sure that most scrap we collect stays out of the landfill.

Scrap Metal FAQ’s

What types of metal scrappers will accept?: 

Scrappers will take a variety of non-ferrous and ferrous scrap metals including aluminum, copper, brass, iron, and steel. Most of these materials can be melted down and recycled to build new items without the environmental impact of mining and processing raw materials.  

Why does metal require special handling for disposal? 

Many metals are valuable and are easily recycled. However, it scrap metal can also be very dangerous to handle if you are not properly equipped with gloves and eye protection. You can be cut on sharp edges which may require medical attention such as stitches or a tetanus shot to prevent further injury. Rust flakes and metal shards that get in you eye can cause serious damage to your vision.

What are the common household metals that can be recycled/scrapped? 

We cover a few more recyclable metals here, but here's a list of more scrap metal items that you might find on your property or business:

  • Roofing and flashing: A roof replacement will often leave lots of this lying around.
  • Gutters: Especially fabricated sheet metal or galvanized steel
  • Plumbing and irrigation: Galvanized steel pipe, copper pipe, fixtures and fittings.
  • Electrical wiring: Copper is very valuable and extremely recyclable. Also, sheet metal junction boxes and conduit piping can get a second life!
  • Appliances: Large appliances such as washing machines, computers, fridges, and even the kitchen sink!
  • Car parts: Body panels, drive train parts, engine blocks, transmissions, and frames are all great sources of scrap metal.

Contact the HUNKS

College HUNKS Hauling Junk and Moving is here to help you with your junk removal and moving needs. Our pricing is affordable and transparent to our clients. With a free estimate, we won't move a single piece of junk or scrap until you know how much the job will cost. Pricing is usually based on your location, how much volume your junk will take up in our trucks, and the distance to haul the junk when we get there. Contact us to get started today!