Recycling around the house!

Although it might not be as popular as recycling plastics, newspaper, and even clothing, recycling scrap metal is just as crucial. Unlike some of the other ways to recycle, there are different levels of material that can be taken in. Learn the different ferrous materials that are recyclable, and which are most needed.

Ferrous metals


A ferrous metal is one that is magnetic, meaning that it contains at least some iron. Before bringing in your scrap to be recycled, make sure to divide it between ferrous and non-ferrous materials. To determine if you have a ferrous metal, use a magnet and see if it will stick to the surface. It is does, your metal is ferrous.

Although ferrous metals aren’t as valuable as those that are non-ferrous, bring them in to be recycled. Not only will you be helping out the environment, but rather than paying to take your material to the dump, you will be paid to get rid of your old junk! Here are some of the most common ferrous materials.

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Household Recyclables

In some cases when our appliances break down, we don’t know what to do with them. Rather than wasting space around the house with things you don’t need, bring them to the scrap yard. Some items that contain ferrous metals are:

  • Old dryers
  • Broken hot water heaters
  • Totaled cars

Get rid of these and earn a little extra cash along the way.


Steel is one of the most common metals used throughout the world. If you have scrap metal in your yard or home, there is a good chance it contains steel. Because it is so versatile, it can be found in everything from your car to bookshelves.

In large quantities, steel can be worth a high price to bring to the scrap yard. Rather than letting it gather dust in your yard, bring it in to get it recycled and reused the right way, and earn yourself a little extra cash.



Household Scrap Metal

Iron makes up the majority of steel, and can be melted down to produce more steel. If you have iron scrap, such as an old cast-iron pot you don’t use anymore, bring it in to be recycled rather than just throwing it away.

More than half of the steel foundries in the United States rely solely on recycled iron. Because of this, it is crucial to recycle rather than just throw the scrap away. If you have any questions about the scrap iron in your home, call us for more information.

Don’t just bring in the metals that fetch a high price, recycle all metals, ferrous or non-ferrous, that you no longer have need for. These small contributions will add up more than you think. Bring your unused metal to Montgomery Scrap for the best prices.

By Cassie Costner