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First Time at a Scrap Yard? What to Expect

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If it’s your first time at a scrap yard, you might be a bit nervous and not know what to expect. But today, we’re going to show you what to expect if it is your first time coming to a scrap yard. Keep in mind that every yard is a little different, but we’re going to be showing you guys how we do things around here. This should help give you a general feel for how most scrap yards run! At Sahd’s, we collect and process metals to eventually send them to their next destination in the recycling process. 

First, we’re going to break down some definitions of things you might want to know before coming into the yard. We divide metals into two categories at our scrap yard that are called ferrous and non-ferrous. Ferrous metals are steel items, or pretty much anything that sticks to a magnet. Non-ferrous items would be anything without steel, such as copper, aluminum, or brass. Typically, non-ferrous items will be worth more money. So if you have time to separate your metals by what sticks and what doesn’t, that’s a great way to get more bang for your buck. But if not we can do all that separation here for you!

Once you arrive at our yard you will pull up to the scale with the metal in your vehicle. We’ll weigh it for you, and Shelbie will tell you when you’re good to move off the scale, as well as where you will be going next to drop off your metal!

Depending on what type of metal you have, you’ll go to different parts of the yard. For example, if have lite iron along with some non-ferrous items, we’ll start off at the back of the yard. If it is your first time don’t be scared to ask any questions about the process and what’s going on. We’re more than happy to guide you through anything you might need.
After a short drive through the yard, you will have arrived at the back, where you will be greeted by one of our Sahd Metal team members. In this case, we had Isaiah back there to help you unload lite iron and any other ferrous items you may have had with you.
And after we get all of your ferrous items, we’ll direct you to the front of the yard where we will unload all non-ferrous items. And we had our man Isaiah helping unload this customer again. For this example, we had some brass, some bare brite, and some mixed aluminum that we helped take off his car as well. 

And after you get your ticket, you’ll come back up to the scale one final time so we can get your lite weight. You will be greeted by Shelbie one final time where she’ll give you your full ticket with all of your metals on it, and then you can scan it and receive your money. You’re now fully prepared for your next scrap yard visit. Have a good one guys!

To check out our video showing this process, click here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyC-ot33XlI

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Acceptable Materials

Appliances including:
  • Stoves
  • Microwaves
  • Washers and Dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • FOR A $10 FEE—Air Conditioners

End of Life Items Including:
  • Machinery (all fluids,pans and cylinders removed)
  • Farm Equipment
  • Farm Machinery
  • Lawnmowers
  • Cast Iron Patio Furniture
  • Cast Iron Outdoor Railing
  • Sheet Metal
  • Steel Wheels
  • Steel

Nonferrous Scrap:
  • Aluminum
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Aluminum Pots and Pans
  • Aluminum Siding/Gutters/Downspouts
  • Aluminum Patio Furniture
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Aluminum Wire
  • Auto Batteries
  • Brass Fixtures/Lamps Decorative items
  • Cable, Fence and Wire
  • Christmas Lights
  • Copper
  • Copper and Brass Plumbing Pipes
  • Copper and Brass Plumbing Valves and Connectors
  • Copper Tubing
  • Copper Wire
  • Electric Motors
  • Insulated Wire
  • Radiators
  • Screen Doors/Windows (glass removed)
  • Stainless Steel

Prohibited Materials

  • Acetylene Cylinders
  • Asbestos or Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM)- applies to both fibrous and solid materials
  • Any Scrap Containing Refrigerants (CFC or HCFC) (Freezers, Refrigerators)  Air Conditioners are accepted for a $10 fee
  • Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT/tube-style computer monitors or televisions)
  • Closed Compressed Gas Cylinders – high pressure cylinders with valve intact
  • Combustible or Flammable Materials – fuels, paints, degreasers, unpunctured aerosol cans
  • Corrosive Materials – highly acidic or caustic materials (battery acid, caustic soda, etc.)
  • Explosive Materials, Munitions, Shell Casings – includes suspect military scrap
  • Free Flowing Liquids (including water)
  • Hazardous Waste – toxic or poisonous materials or wastes
  • Infectious Materials – blood-soaked or biohazard items
  • Liquids or Scrap Containing Free Flowing Liquids – fuels, antifreeze, oils, hydraulic fluid, paints
  • Mercury Containing Materials – mercury-containing thermostats, switches or fluorescent light bulbs
  • Non-Metallic Items – concrete, wood, asphalt, dirt, debris, tires (more than 5 per auto)
  • PCB-Containing Materials
  • Whole tanks uncut
  • Radioactive Scrap – anything exhibiting radiation levels above background
  • Scrap with Small Capacitors that contain 50 ppm of PCBs