How to Buy Scrap Metal

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Scrap metal, such as stainless steel, is often sold from junkyards, and the price of the metal is typically determined by its weight. However, wreckers sell by the item rather than the weight. The prices of scrap metal are recorded by the American Metal Market and other publications based upon confirmed sales (See Resources). With the Internet a search for scrap metal can be done easily without even having to visit a scrap or wrecking yard.

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  • Computer

Finding Metal

  • Find companies that buy and sell scrap metal near you. Trying calling any major manufacturing or process plants near you and ask if they sell their scrap metal.

  • Call your local recycling center and ask them if they sell scrap metal or know if there are any local places that do. Once you have a few places written down, try searching on the Internet for scrap metal dealers.

  • Go to the Recycle In Me website to search for scrap metal near you (See Resources). Select your country from the drop-down menu and then click on your city from the results.

  • Click on one of the options for companies that sell scrap metal. You will see the quantity of scrap metal they have and more information in the description.

  • Click on the "Inquire Now" button to show your interest in buying the scrap metal to the seller. You'll be prompted to create an account, and you need to fill out all of your information. Once complete, you'll be able to contact the seller through the website and even make a deal for the purchase of the scrap metal.

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