How To Get Rid of Scrap Metal
Do you work at a machine shop or foundry where scrap metal is littered around your working area?
If you don’t know how to handle scrap metal recycling or wish there was a way you could get some value from all that scrap, we’ve got good news for you. Scrap metal can be valuable material, after all, even if it’s not useful to you in its current form.
Scrap metal is a resource that can be disposed of effectively and even reused and recycled. This can happen without any risk to those collecting it. However, you do have to know how to get rid of scrap metal in the safest and most efficient way possible – and there’s a trick to making sure you can get as much value from that scrap as you can.
Scrap metal recycling or scrap metal removal can be beneficial for your team and even for your bottom line (if you’re able to find a way to simultaneously resell and recycle your scrap). In this piece, we’ll go over the best ways that you and your team can accomplish just that!
From Loose Chips to Solid Metal: Added Value from Scrap Metal Recycling
Here’s the thing: Loose metal chips just aren’t that inherently valuable.
They’re messy to work with, they can be dangerous, and when you go to sell them you just don’t see as much of a return on your investment as you’d like. Fortunately, there’s a simple solution: Run all of that loose metal scrap through a briquetting device. You’ll find that you’ll be able to sell briquetted blocks for a lot more than you can get for loose metal chips.
(On average, briquetting adds $0.40-$0.60 per pound over loose chips, which really adds up over time!)
In addition, when you run loose metal scrap through a briquetter, you’ll be able to recover the coolant from those chips. Most machine shops cut metal with lubrication, or coolant, to avoid wear and tear on their machines.
When you turn to briquetting for scrap metal recycling, you can:
- Remove cutting fluids (including both water- and oil-based coolants) from metal scrap
- Recover that cutting fluid so it can be filtered and reused
- And turn those metal filings, chips, scraps, and dust into dense briquettes that are far more valuable than the starting material!
How to Get Rid of Scrap Metal And Turn a Profit Through Briquetting
As it turns out, if you just donate or sell your metal scraps as they are, you’re leaving money on the floor. Processing that metal scrap into more valuable material prior to repurposing is in your best interest. A briquetting machine or press is a great tool to help you make that happen.
A metal briquette press is an easy-to-operate machine that converts inconvenient and even dangerous waste materials into easy-to-handle (and store, transport, and even sell) bricks (or ‘pucks’, or ‘briquettes’).
By running your scraps through a briquette press, your company is empowered to sell the compressed metal to other companies. Instead of dealing with the risks of scraps or just throwing away your scrap metal, you’ll profit – and you’ll know that your metal waste is going to be put to good re-use.
However, that’s not all.
Transforming your industrial metal turnings, chips, filings, clippings, and even metal dust into compressed metal briquettes offers you benefits such as:
- Heightened ability to store your metal scraps efficiently
- Transporting your metal briquettes safely
- Increasing the value of your metal scrap
- Having a more environmentally-friendly, clean, and safe shop
- …and more!
If you’re throwing away your metal scrap or sweeping shavings into corners, you’re leaving money on the floor (literally). Instead of dealing with the costly hassle of production scrap, it’s time to make sure that you’re getting more value from your metal manufacturing byproducts.
At RUF, we sell metal briquetting presses that create high-quality bricks out of scrap metal. After compacting your scraps, you can easily sell or recycle your bricks, helping you reduce waste and save (or even make) money. If you’re interested in learning more about how a briquetting press can help you extract value from your scrap metal, reach out to our team today for more information!