1. Wear protective gear. When handling scrap metal, it's important to wear protective gear, at least protective gloves. We recommend double-palm leather gloves, but the popular mechanic gloves provide a premium feel. When you work with tools and scrap, wear your eye protection or plan to adopt a parrot so it can go with the eyepatch. Protect you from cuts, scrapes, and other injuries. There are a lot of nasty germs you don't want in your bloodstream that lives in the dirt and scrap is usually dirty.
2. Be aware of your surroundings. When working with scrap metal, it's important to be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to where you are walking and be careful not to trip over anything. Cables, loose sheets, and nails pointing upward have been the beginnings of many a trip to the ER.
3. Be careful with sharp objects. Scrap metal can often contain sharp objects such as nails, screws, and pieces of glass. You should have gloves on, but be careful when handling these objects and avoid cutting yourself. If it's too sharp to handle with gloves (think concertina wire or razor wire) then call the yard to see if they even accept it. We don't accept razor wire... Anymore.
4. Dispose of scrap metal properly. Once you have collected scrap metal, it's important to dispose of it properly. Do not dump it in a landfill or on the side of the road. Instead, take it to a scrap metal recycling facility 👷♂️. Not only do you avoid the dumping fee at the landfill, but you're going to get some cash in hand when you sell to a scrap yard. If you need a recommendation for a scrap yard, reach out to us and we'd love to tell you about Dothan's best scrap yard.
Selling scrap metal can be a great way to make some extra cash, but it's important to be safe when handling this material. By following these tips, you can help to protect yourself from injury.
Additional Safety Tips
In addition to the safety tips above, here are a few more things to keep in mind when selling scrap metal:
- Be aware of the law. In some areas (not Alabama), it is illegal to sell scrap metal without a license. Be sure to check with your local authorities to find out what the law is in your area. Some scrap metal is regulated and if you need to take metal that's not yours then you're on the hook for the replacement cost of the metal, not just what you sell it for, which easily becomes a felony.
- Be careful of scams. There are a number of scams out there that target scrap metal sellers. Be sure to do your research and only deal with reputable buyers. Can you see the weight when you sell? Did you agree on a price before they began unloading? Can you get your metal back if you change your mind before they pay you? Are they charging you a card fee or facility fee? Reputable places don't make shady deals.
- Be sure to get paid. Once you have sold your scrap metal, be sure to get paid. There are a number of ways to get paid, but we pay cash as often as we can. We are limited to $50 cash for copper, but you can get up to $500 for other metals. Everything above those limits has to be paid by check unless you are operating your own business that generates scrap.