Scrap metal can be disposed of safely and profitably by collecting it and taking it to a reputable scrapyard.

We’ve talked about the many benefits of recycling scrap metal before. It’s a great way to help the environment by keeping waste out of landfills and reducing the need for mining. While businesses are not legally required to recycle their scrap metal in Canada, doing so can boost your bottom line by reducing landfill costs and exchanging scrap metals for cash. If you’re an individual, collecting scrap metal and exchanging it at a scrapyard can help top your wallet up with some extra cash. 

As metal, especially in the form of scrap, can have jagged or sharp edges, it is important to collect it safely while segregating it as much as possible can help you get better rates for your scrap. Read on to learn how.

How To Collect Scrap Metal Safely

Scrap metal can be found in a myriad of places. As an individual, you can find scrap metal in many discarded items from around your home and neighbourhood. Just remember to ask first! Some places to find scrap metal include:

  • Stainless steel: Utensils and kitchen appliances
  • Brass: Pipes and home fittings like doorknobs, faucets, and light fixtures
  • Aluminium: Cans, window frames, sidings, and roofs, and even some bicycles
  • Copper: Pipes, electrical wiring, air conditioning and more

Must-Have Safety Equipment:

 Before you start collecting scrap, make sure you have the right equipment and know how to use it correctly. Use thick gloves while handling scrap and wear safety boots to protect your feet – metal objects can get heavy! Safety glasses are a must too and keep a basic first aid kit handy. 

Make sure you have sturdy boxes to collect your scrap in.  Sturdy boxes will allow you to carry sharp metal objects safely without cutting your hands or damaging your vehicle. Having multiple boxes will help you segregate the metals at source, saving you time later. 


You can get a better price for metal if it is dismantled from fittings made of other materials. For example, taking the tires, seat, and rubber handlebars off an aluminium bicycle will help you fetch a better price than leaving them on. Similarly, stripping the coating off copper electrical wiring can be a good idea provided you know how to do this safely.

Avoid using your bare hands and use tools like pliers, screwdrivers, wire cutters, and hammers to dismantle items. A hand-truck can help you transport your metal items as you go around collecting them. 

As a scrap metal collector, you should also be aware that some metal objects can contain dangerous or toxic substances like fuel in tanks or refrigerants in air conditioning systems. If you haven’t been trained on how to handle these objects – DON’T!  You can always ask your scrapyard for help.

Segregating Metals

Metals are segregated into ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Sorting the metal items you have collected before taking them to the scrapyard can not only help you save time there, but also help fetch a better price overall. All you need to do this is a magnet. 

Ferrous metals are those containing iron, like steel, while non-ferrous ones are those that don’t. All you need to do is hold a magnet close to the metal object. If it sticks, it’s a ferrous metal. If it doesn’t, put the scrap in your non-ferrous box.

If you can identify different metals like copper from brass, you can go a step further and segregate those too. 

Once collected, you can simply take your collected scrap down to your local scrapyard, where it will be segregated further, weighed, and exchanged for cash.

Scrap Metal Collecting for Businesses

If you own a business like a manufacturing unit, an automobile workshop or are in construction, chances are that your business generates a fair amount of metal waste. Implementing a scrap metal management system can help you maximize scrap metal value, monitor scrap metal production levels, and help minimize waste sent to landfill. 

Safety for businesses also includes storing your scrap safely away from thieves. 

Allied Salvage and Metals provides a bin service to suit your business or cleanup needs. Bins are free of charge and can be scheduled for regular or one-time service. Additionally, we also offer an on-site dismantling service, delivering the heavy machinery, expertise, and personnel necessary for a streamlined cleanup.

Give us a call if you have any doubts or simply come visit!