Earn Money with a Spring Cleaning of Your Scrap Metal

Before you load up the car for the tip, be sure to check whether any of your unwanted household items could be sold for scrap.

Time to open the doors and windows, let out the dust, and chuck all of your old junk away – yep, it’s time for spring cleaning.

But before you load up the car for the tip, be sure to check whether any of your unwanted household items could be sold for scrap.

You don’t need too much knowledge of metals – if you bring assorted scrap down to us, we’ll gladly sort it and test it for you (and any good scrap yard should do the same). If you’ve got anything sellable, we’ll give you a fair price for it!

So, where can you look for scrap metal around the home? Just about anywhere – though we don’t recommend ripping the pipes out of your wall. Here’s where you could start looking for common items that may be worth selling for scrap.



The kitchen is a very good place to start. Old pots and pans may contain steel, aluminium, or the much-more valuable copper, for example – so if they’re a bit too burned up or worn out to use, and are lurking at the back of the cupboard, then it’s time to sell them. The same goes for old cutlery, particularly if it’s stainless steel.

Old microwaves will have plenty of valuable copper wires, and old appliances such as kettles, blenders and coffee makers are also a good bet. You can also sell old stove tops for scrap if you’re replacing them.


Garden furniture

Old metal garden furniture that’s gathering dust and cobwebs in the shed is perfect for the scrap yard – and wooden furniture is much more fashionable now anyway!

An old lawnmower, play equipment such as climbing frames or swings, metal fences or flower bed edgings, hanging baskets could also contain scrapable metals, so it’s worth having them tested rather than heading straight down the tip.


In the garage

There’s plenty of scrap metal potential in a messy garage! Old tools, nails, screws, and even paint cans can be scrapped if you know you’re never going to use them again. You could also sell old bikes – discarded kids bikes, perhaps?  – or old electronics that pile up in the garage because they’re just a hassle to dispose of properly.

If you’re mechanically minded, old car parts, especially batteries, are also a great source of scrap. If you have an old car that you can’t sell on, then you should definitely consider selling it for scrap.


Around the house

Just about anything made of metal that you don’t have a use for anymore is worth considering – especially if it’s been relegated to the basement or attic! Any old Christmas decorations knocking around, for example?

Old phones and cameras, lamps, shelves, picture frames, taps, door handles, even bed frames – if you’re having a spring clean out, then make sure you check for anything made of metal before you take it all to the tip.

If you’ve got something you want rid of, but aren’t sure if it’s worth your while to bring it down to us, then just give us a call on 0161 220 8058, or drop us an email – we’ll be happy to help!

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