how to succeed with scrap metal


What we do  & how to succeed with scrap metal

For optimal scrap metal recycling, scrap metal must be source-separated at OUR YARDS. With the right scrap metal tools, we can collect, sort, and clean all our scrap metal.

We collect daily our separated streams of scrap metal. We are using a scale & weighbridge to weigh our scrap metal beforehand. Also, inform authoritative resources for the current scrap metal prices since scrap metal prices are constantly changing.

VMP sort and process the scrap metal further and remove any impurities. After this process, heavy and bulky scrap metals are shredded with a scrap metal shredder or compacted with an alligator or scrap shear into smaller chunks at this stage we cut all Unprocessed material into smaller piece called Processed Steel. These chunks/pieces are then melted in large furnaces for each type of metal. The melting process requires much energy, but the energy required to mine virgin metals is lots higher. So, therefore, metal recycling is more energy efficient.

What is ferrous metal?

The word ‘ferrous’ means ‘containing iron.’ Common ferrous metals are scrap iron, cast iron, stainless steel, and carbon steel. Most ferrous metals are alloys, which means that they are a substance of two or more metals. For instance, ferrous metals are used in architectural and industrial fabrication for ships, cars, bridges, railroads, or steel beams for skyscrapers. Ferrous metal is the most used metal, and therefore it covers the largest volume of scrap metal world-wide.


  • Mostly contains iron.
  • Can corrode or rust when not alloyed.
  • Strong and hard material.
  • Most ferrous metals are magnetic.
  • Ferrous metals are alloys.

What is non-ferrous metal?

Non-ferrous metals are metals that don’t contain iron or steel. Common non-ferrous metals are aluminum (or aluminum), copper, lead, nickel, tin, zinc, brass, and precious metals. The main characteristic is that non-ferrous metals are non-magnetic, light, strong, and durable. Because of their lightweight and durability, non-ferrous metals get used in the airline industry, for instance. But non-ferrous metals are also used in residential, industrial, and commercial industries, for instance, for the fabrication of pipes, batteries, appliances, wiring, jewelry, cutlery, and computer parts.


  • Doesn’t contain iron or steel.
  • More resistant to corrosion or rust.
  • Ferrous metals are non-magnetic.
  • Known for to be very light.
  • Higher in value than ferrous metals.



  1. Dress for the Job
  2. A Magnet for Identifying and Assessing Metal Value
  3. Get the correct tool for analyze the scrap material
  4. Conserve Energy and Natural Resources
  5. Boosts The Country’s Economy (and yours too)
  6. Reduces The Need for Mining

How to recycle scrap metal?

Scrap metal removal, collection & recycling in 7 steps:

Step 1: Collecting

Collect all scrap metal in and around our facility daily. Make sure there is a centralized and dedicated area for collecting all ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals. See recommended scrap metal collecting tools.

Step 2: Separating

Separate as much of the metals as possible. This is important for high-quality recycling. Sort all the ferrous metals from the non-ferrous metals. A rule of thumb is that most ferrous metals, such as steel, are magnetic. Stainless steel is an exception because this metal contains a low percentage of iron. Therefore, it doesn’t always react to magnets that well.

Step 3: Sorting

Sorted metals are more valuable than mixed metals. For the highest price of our scrap, it is recommended to sort the metals into single streams of alloy steel, carbon steel, wrought iron, brass, copper, aluminum, lead, zinc, tin, bronze, and precious metals like gold and silver. Some metals are difficult to identify. There are tools to identify metals, such as X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzers. See recommended scrap metal sorting tools.

Step 4: Cleaning

Clean the scrap metals thoroughly because mills prefer clean scrap metals. Remove anything that isn’t metal, such as glass, wood, or plastic. For instance, strip electrical copper wiring with a wire stripper to remove the plastic layer. The main benefit of cleaned scrap metal is more transparent pricing. See recommended scrap metal cleaning tools.

Step 5: Step Up

Recycle, Reuse & Reduce

Step 6: Implement Eco-Friendly Replacements

The three arrows of the recycling symbol represent the three main stages of the recycling process: recycling, reusing and reducing. Together the arrows form a closed loop. Step up and implement eco-friendly replacements in your daily life.

Step 7: Waste Hierarchy

Step up the waste hierarchy together to a goal of Zero Waste. 

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