Safe disposal of metal waste

Top Ways to Dispose of Metal Waste

Posted by on March 14, 2019
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If you work with metal at your home, or run a business that works with a large quantity of metal on a regular basis, then you are probably aware that you will not be able to simply throw out excess or defective metal products into the trash bin or send it off to a local landfill. Many countries prohibit the dumping of metal waste, as it can poison the soil and local water supplies with its malevolent toxins. Corrosion, leakage, and other such issues will only contribute to pollution, and, as such, many countries have taken initiatives to help companies dispose of metal waste safely.

In fact, there are some recycling plants that will actually pay you for your metal waste, and some disposal services in Toronto may also pay you for your metal waste. For those curious as to why these companies would buy metal waste, the reason is that natural resources are finite. As such, it makes sense, financially, to recycle existing metal waste than to find resources in order to create metal from scratch. Here, we discuss some tips and tricks that will help you dispose of your metal waste in a safe and legal manner.

Wear the Proper Protection

If you are dealing with metal on a regular basis, then you will have to deal with jagged and sharp edges that can cause serious injury if you are not prudent. In addition to scrap pieces serving as a safety hazard, metal can become rusty or corrosive. As such, when you’re disposing of metal waste, ensure that you wear safety goggles and safety gloves to protect your eyes and hands before you handle metal scrap. Furthermore, we would highly recommend that you use metal cutters when you work with metal waste, as they will allow you to break down larger metal waste products into smaller, more manageable metal scraps.

Separate the Metal Waste Properly

Many disposal companies or recycling plants will prefer that you separate the metal waste as much as possible before they arrive for pickup. As such, we would recommend that you create separate piles for your tin, steel, iron, copper, and other metal items by name. The only type of metal that will not be accepted by many disposal or recycling companies are metal waste products that have dangerous chemicals on the exterior.

Such products are considered biohazardous materials that are detrimental to the ecosystem as well as the wellbeing of humans. Hence, they must be disposed of properly alongside the other hazardous materials you may have on the premises. Also, if you have any doubts as to how to correctly separate your metal waste, or need help in determining which materials need to be classified as harmful metal waste, please contact your local Department of Public Works for more information.

Properly Storing the Metal Waste

If you can, we would recommend that you store your metal waste in a warehouse so that it can be isolated from the destructive properties of the elements. By doing so, you will make things easier on yourself when it comes time to recycle the metal waste products. For instance, if you simply leave the pile of metal in a vulnerable area, then you may have to deal with a large pile of snow on your scrap pile after being hit with a massive snowstorm. It is also worth noting that if you plan on storing your metal waste for a brief period of time, then you won’t have to be concerned with the metal degrading if it is left on the floor.

Contact Multiple Recycling Centres in Your Area

It is important to remember that there is a good chance that most of your metal waste is actually an asset and not a liability. In other words, most of your metal waste has a market value or price that you can take advantage of. As such, we would suggest that you call or email multiple different recycling centres in your area so that you can obtain cash for your metal. In fact, in many cases, they will send over a driver to pick up all of the metal from your residence or business office so that you don’t have to waste any time in dropping the metal scraps off.

In most cases, they will arrive at your property, weigh your metal, and then write you a cheque. Thus, make a few calls and go with the company that will give you the best price for the amount and type of metal waste that you have for sale.

In sum, we would recommend that you wear the proper safety equipment before handling any sharp or jagged metal scraps. Take the time to properly sort or seperate your metal by type, and store any metal waste away from the elements so that it will be easier to recycle. Finally, call several recycling companies in your area in order to find the best deal for the metal that you plan on selling.

Red Bins

If you need help with disposing your metal waste, then we can help. Red Bins is proudly Canadian owned and operated and provides customer-driven disposal services in Toronto. With over 15 years of experience in eco-friendly junk removal services, we provide garbage bin rentals as well. With no hassles, hidden charges or fees, or unexpected surprises to worry about, Red Bins is dedicated to going above and beyond the call of duty to provide our customers with reliable, timely, and comprehensive disposal services.

In fact, we are a full service junk removal company that also provides a money-back guarantee with all of our products and services. To learn more about our disposal services, please give us a call at 416-RED-BINS or 416-733-2467. You can also visit our website if you would like to book our garbage bin rental or junk removal services online.

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