Recycle Your Metal Clutter And Make Money-Pots and Pans

This entry is part [part not set] of 4 in the series Recycle Scrap Metal

Before you just toss old equipment, used appliances plus other items in the dumpster there are some items that you can make money from by recycling them.

Before I go any further please stop reading and go to  Google. Type in the following search phrase-Metal Recycling near me. Record the phone number of the facilities because after you are aware of the possible things that can be recycled you need to call the facility find out if they take those items.

I will be sharing various videos and blogs in the upcoming blog posts that I hope will be insightful. Try not to get frustrated when you see folks using tools to dismantle something to get to the goodies inside that item that has recycle value.

No worries, if you are not up to the challenge find someone who may be willing to use a screw driver, etc. Note that there are many professionals who will clean your basement out for you and they will recycle your stuff. Perhaps you can work out a deal to get some of the profits.


I know a recycling place that gives you a free magnet key-chain. If a magnet DOES NOT STICK to your metal the metal you have is a non-ferrous metal And worth more money.

Metals Worth More Money at a Scrap Yard That Do Not Stick to a Magnet

  • Copper – is the best metal to scrap because almost all junk yards accept it.   The best things to scrap for copper are plumbing pipes, motors, circuits, AC parts, Christmas light wiring, and power cords.
  • Brass – is one of the highest paying recyclable metals and quite heavy.    Best things to scrap for brass are musical instruments, bolts, nuts, jewelry, bathroom and light fixtures, rails, keys, and more.
  • Aluminum –   No surprise that soda cans are the most recycled aluminum item worldwide.   Best things to scrap for aluminum are bike frames, faucets, golf clubs, pots, pans, patio furniture, fences, window frames, roofing metals, radiators, car rims, motorcycles, and much more.
  • Steel – is not the highest paying metal, but it’s easy to find and usually weighs more than many metals.  The best things to scrap for steel are plates, girders, beams, and other construction materials.  Wear protective gloves when handling rusty iron.
  • Stainless Steel – price will vary depending on the grade of the metal.    Best things to scrap for stainless steel is for finishes on refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, pots, pans, and commercial countertops to resist corrosion.

Please note  also that a magnet will not stick to gold and silver. BUT DO NOT TAKE GOLD AND SILVER TO THE SCRAP YARD. However, some of your items may be silver plated over copper. Those items can be taken to the scrap yard.  (This is important to know in instances where that  serving dish you thought was silver was in fact plated. I strongly suggest that you check markings on the item to see if they may resell well online or at other venue but more about that later.)

If your items have metals that do stick to a magnet they still have value but not as much. Some scrap yards have separate stations for different metals.

So let’s start with :

Pots and Pans


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