Thursday, April 17, 2014

This Earth Day: Importance of Metal Recycling

With Earth Day around the corner it is a perfect time of year to discuss the importance of metal recycling to the environment. With many people heading out of their winter confinements and cleaning out garages and planting gardens, metal recycling should also be a big part of your Earth Day clean up.

A Little History of Earth Day

Earth Day is held on April 22 in the US and was started by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin in 1970. After a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA in 1969, Nelson was inspired and rallied the student anti-war movement to educate the public about air and water pollution. It would turn into a national political agenda and he gathered over 85 staff members to promote events throughout the country.

Friday, April 4, 2014

How-To: Get Scrap Metal or Car Picked Up

Getting scrap metal or a car picked up for scrap can be difficult if you have never done it before or if you don't have the proper equipment to do it yourself. Many people know that there is money to be had by selling your scrap metal or scrap car so finding the best way to make some extra money is important. The iScrap App Team fills you in on some of the options you have to scrap your metal or car.

Know Your Options For Selling Scrap Metal

When looking to get rid of your scrap metal there are a few ways to get rid of it. If you have the ability to bring the material to a scrap yard yourself, that is the best option. You will usually make the most money from it, however often times some materials may be too large to bring in or you may not have the equipment to move it. Below are some other ways to sell you scrap metal.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Finding The Best Scrap Yard

There are several factors that can play into you choosing the best scrap or salvage yard to bring your scrap metal to. While some are more important than others, there are different things to consider when finding a scrap yard in your area and traveling there to sell your scrap. One of the most obvious and most important ones is the best scrap prices in the area but there are several other factors that can help you get the best experience at a scrap yard.

Find The Best Scrap Yard With These Features


Like we mentioned before the prices of scrap metal at your local yard will usually be the largest deciding factor when you are looking to make the most money. At the end of a long scrapping day, the best deal is the one that makes you the most money for your work. Use the iScrap App to search for your local scrap prices or view the national price averages to compare your prices to. We also encourage calling your yard before heading in so you can check on the latest price changes.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Best Time for Your Trip to the Scrap Yard

Timing Is Everything

Choosing the best scrap yard based on prices, experience, and location are some of the most important factors when you're looking to make the most money on your scrap.

Something else you may have not considered to make your scrap yard trip easier was the best time of the year, month, or week to bring your scrap metal in. Below are some of the suggestions we make to help you choose the best time to head over to the scrap yard with your latest haul.

Best & Worst Time of Year

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Reducing Your Auto Repair Cost With Your Local Salvage Yard

When your car breaks down and you are in need of a fix, sometimes going through a dealer or collision specialist can be costly and many questions may come up that can be difficult to answer when you need to get your vehicle repaired.

Where can I find spare parts for my car?
How do I know what part I need for my car?
What happens if my car is too old for the dealership to repair?
What options do I have to fix my car that won't cost a lot?
Who can help me find the right part I'm looking for?

These and several other questions will always run through your mind when you are looking to repair your car. One of the biggest problems with cars is that they are difficult and costly to maintain and repair. Getting the right part for the car can be expensive and take a long time when you go through dealerships or shops that need to order the right part.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How To Search For & Get The Best Scrap Prices

Getting the best prices and knowing how they are determined are important for anyone that is looking to make money scrapping. Especially for common materials like copper, aluminum, and steel, the prices are always jumping around, so getting the best prices for your hard work is important. Below we have put together some advice and ways to make sure you are getting the best price possible.

Do You Know How Prices Are Determined?

Before you begin looking for the best scrap prices, it is important to know how prices are determined by your surrounding scrap yards. The prices are always changing in the scrap metal industry but how they are determined is often misinterpreted. Some may think it is just the scrap yard choosing their own prices but many factors play into the scrap prices everyday such as:

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

6 Mistakes To Avoid When At The Scrap Yard

When you are ready to head to the scrap yard, avoiding common mistakes can make you more money. Scrapping can get complicated especially when you have a lot of different materials. While we always suggest getting organized and preparing your materials is the best option, there are still other mistakes you want to avoid when you are at the scrap yard.

Not Separating Correctly

When you are preparing your materials, we always suggest separating EVERYTHING. But before you make small piles of all the different materials, check with your scrap yard. Some scrap yards may purchase some items at the same price and dump them all together so you may not have to separate. For example, if you have low grade boards from TV's, VCR's, and other electronics you could mix them with low grade boards from your computers too. This all depending on how you scrap yard separates and sorts their materials to be shipped or processed. The best option would be to give them a call and ask them what the best way to sort would be and avoid that mistake. Always ask them questions on sorting.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Scrapping: Tricks of the Trade

When you're a scrapper it is important to stay on top of market news, price changes, and other events that may affect your profits at the scrap yard. But it is also important to keep up on the latest tips and information that can help you make more money in a quick fashion.

Staying updated with the latest tips and tricks for scrapping can help you scrap faster and more efficiently. You can watch different YouTube channels, participate in forums, and join communities to help you expand your tricks of the trade and make more money scrapping. Below we have collected some of the most popular tricks of the trade when it comes to recycling your scrap metal.

Scrap Metal Tricks of the Trade

Keeping track of the best tricks and ways to scrap is important to ensure you are making the most money on your different materials like copper, wire, e-scrap, brass, and more. With the different types of tricks below we have rated them on a difficulty level of 3 stars, with 3 stars being the most difficult.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Your Scrap Yard Trip Is Like The Super Bowl

Getting your scrap metal ready for the scrap yard is not an easy task when you are hauling hundreds or thousands of pounds every month. Similar to the Super Bowl there are several steps to getting prepared for the "big game" when bring your scrap to the yard. Here are a few "creative" similarities of scrapping and playing in the Super Bowl.

Preparation & Hard Work

Collecting your scrap metal and material for the scrap yard can be hard work. Working with local communities and clients when you are picking up materials and doing clean outs can contribute to a long day. Just like the Super Bowl preparation is key when you are separating and getting your scrap prepared to bring to the scrap yard. It is important to use your magnet to separate your ferrous metals from your non-ferrous metals. Be sure to use it to your benefit to have everything prepared for the scrap yard before you head in.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Maximizing Your Scrap Metal Earnings

Getting the most money from your scrap metal is one of the most important goals when you begin scrapping. Find the right resources and ways to maximize your scrap profits and you will be rolling in the scrap cash. If you are looking to become a full- or part-time scrapper, it is important to do your homework, otherwise you could lose a lot of money. Below are some good things to keep in mind when you are looking to make more money with your scrap metal.

Know The Area

When you begin scrapping, two important things to know are: where the closest scrap yard is and what materials they accept. If you are new, finding a scrap yard can be a bit difficult because you don't notice them like you would notice a restaurant or grocery store. Instead they are often tucked away in industrial spaces or down smaller, less-traveled roads. If you need to find a scrap yard, you can use the iScrap App online, on your mobile phone, iPhone or Android for free. We list thousands of scrap yards and auto wreckers through the US & Canada.