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What can I scrap?

Did you know that pretty much everything from old plumbing to household items could potentially be scrapped for money? If you have a number of metallic items that you’re not using, then by simply taking them to the scrap yard, you could be exchanging your unwanted items for money. In fact, some metals are extremely valuable to recycle, but how do you know which ones are worth the most? A good way to start is by using a magnet. If it doesn’t stick to your scrap metal, then you have what is classified as a ‘non-ferrous’ metal, and these tend to be the most valuable ones. Here we’ve outlined some non-ferrous metals that could be worth a fair amount to you…


If you have some spare old pipework lying around the house, there’s a good chance that some of it is copper. As a naturally occurring substance, copper can be extremely valuable to recycle because of its heat and electricity conducting properties. If you have spare copper, you can expect it to be recycled into more piping, tubing or even wiring.


Thanks to its lightweight nature and versatility, aluminium tends to retain its value fairly well. By taking aluminium to the scrap yard, not only will you be securing yourself some money, but you will be ensuring that your aluminium is recycled. Common uses for aluminum include kitchen ware, window frames and it’s even used in the manufacturing of aircrafts.


Brass is a combination of both zinc and copper. Most brass objects will be made up of 35% zinc and 65% copper. Brass has a wide variety of uses, ranging from ornamental objects to electrical fittings. Again, as a non-ferrous metal, scrap brass can have a high value, so if you have some lying around, it’s recommended that you take a trip to the scrap yard.


Another non-ferrous metal that people often overlook is lead, and, as a naturally occurring substance, it can also prove to be valuable at the scrap yard. Lead is both heavy and soft and can be a vital component of many roofs. Lead can also be used to make pipes and is also commonly found in batteries.