With the rising prices of scrap metal over the past decade, collecting and selling scrap metal has become a popular way of making some extra money. Here are some places to look for scrap metal to make your collecting trips more successful and more profitable. No matter how great a place may be it is important to stay safe. Before collecting in any area make certain that the collection of scrap metal is both safe and legal.
It is amazing the amount of things that people throw out of a vehicle or that fall out of a vehicle along a road. While aluminum beer and soda cans are the most commonly encountered scrap metal along roadsides, copper wire and pipe, car batteries and wheels are also found. In addition to scrap metal, cash and coins and other items of value can also be found. To stay safe, wear a reflective safety vest alongside roads and avoid high traffic times. Pedestrians are not allowed along Interstate highways, so do not attempt to collect scrap metal along interstates.
Public parking areas along highways are another productive area for finding scrap metal. Like roadsides, aluminum cans will be the most common find, but people are more likely to dump larger items in parking areas than along most roads. As public parking areas are easily accessible and often quite productive, you should try to get to these areas early in the morning before other scrap metal collectors get to the area. A public parking area is often a great place to park while collecting alongside roads as well.
Vacant lots often become home to discarded trash, much of this trash can be collected and sold for scrap. Appliances such as washers, dryers, hot water heaters and other large items can be found in vacant lots. When collecting in these areas, be certain to have a truck or other large vehicle to carry off large finds.
Though laws vary from one jurisdiction to the next, it is generally legal to collect objects set at the curb for trash collection. Many people discard electronics (with copper wiring and components), pipe, metal furniture, appliances and other scrap metal in the trash. The best times to collect from curbside trash are generally early evening or morning. Collecting late at night is legal in most areas, but collection late at night can often cause homeowners to complain or call the police. Another bonus of collecting in the evening and morning is that many homeowners will offer to give you larger items that they need to get rid of but have not taken to the curb.