Four things to consider when choosing a metal recycling service

Metal recycling has become increasingly important in the face of the planet's climate emergency. There are numerous scrap dealers who will buy your scrap metal, so how do you go about choosing the right one for you?

Variety of metals

Firstly, you need to make sure that the dealer accepts the kind of metal you need to sell. You may find you have a variety of different metals, particularly if your metal comes from household items. You should therefore look for a dealer who accepts both ferrous and non-ferrous metals and will accept a lot of items. You should also check if they will dismantle larger items themselves rather than expect you to do it yourself. Otherwise, you may find yourself with a wasted journey and most of your scrap unsold. 

Environmental awareness

Although recycling is always a green industry, not all scrap dealers put the environment at the top of their list of priorities. You should look for a dealer who puts some effort into sustainable practices. This would include efficient use of fuel and minimising waste. There is no point using a metal recycling company which has a high carbon footprint elsewhere in the system, so it is worth looking into their environmental policies.

Ease of transport

Many dealers will expect you to take your metal to the scrap yard. In this case, you should ensure that your dealer is in a nearby location and has opening hours that are convenient for you. Other dealers will arrange to pick up the metal themselves (especially if there is a large amount) and may provide skips or collection bins to make the collection as simple as possible. You should think about which dealer is providing the most convenient service for you.


Lastly, the price you will get for your metal is very important. You will want to make as much money as possible from your scrap metal so it is worth finding out about what is on offer from a number of different dealers, as they can vary a lot. It is also worth trying to get a firm quote from the dealer before you sell them your scrap to make sure it is worth any transport costs involved.

Doing your homework and choosing the right scrap metal dealer will ensure that you are taking steps to lower your carbon footprint while making the largest possible profit for you.