Metal Recycling 101

Learn how to recycle your scrap metal for cash.

Do you have metal objects in your house that you don’t need? Are you wondering what to do with them? Your instinct is to throw them away, but you can easily turn junk into cash by bringing your scrap metal to Ed Arnold. 

Ed Arnold offers the best price for your scrap metal in the Western New York area. Read our guide below to learn about what types of metal you can recycle, how to properly separate your material, and more.

Call us with any questions at 585-762-9080.

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The Benefits of Recycling Metals

Conserve Natural Resources

Recycling metal is important because it reduces the need to produce new metal. By minimizing that need, you play your part in preserving natural resources like coal and iron ore used in metal production. It’s essential to consider resources like coal, as its combustion is a top contributor to climate change. 

Save Energy

It takes large amounts of energy to produce new metal. It takes much less energy to recycle metal. By recycling your scrap metal, you can play your part in cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions. 

Earn Money

Aside from helping the environment, you can reap financial benefits. Ed Arnold pays for scrap metals and offers the best prices throughout Western New York.

Find Scrap Metal in Your Home

You Can Recycle More Than You Think

Explore the various places around your home where you can find scrap metal. Click on each image to learn more.

You Can Recycle More Than You Think
Shed Outside Garage Living Room Kitchen Bedroom + Bathroom Basement



BBQ Grills
Lawn Furniture
Screen Doors/Windows
Weed Whackers


Bedroom + Bathroom


How to Recycle Scrap Metal

When it comes to recycling scrap metal, your best option is to sell it to a scrapyard. This way, you can make money while also helping the environment.

1. Separate Ferrous Metals and Non-Ferrous Metals

First, you will want to separate your ferrous metals from your non-ferrous metals. We recycle both, but offer different prices for each. Ferrous refers to any metal that contains iron, and therefore are magnetic. Non-ferrous metals do not contain iron, and so aren’t magnetic.

Use a magnet to tell what kind of metal you have. If it the magnet sticks, your scrap metal is ferrous. If it doesn’t, its non-ferrous.

If your scrap is non-ferrous, it’s most likely to be made of copper, aluminum, stainless steel, or brass. Non-ferrous metals are generally more valuable than ferrous.

2. Contact Ed Arnold Scrap Processors for a Current Pricing

Like any commodity, prices change frequently. Contact us to find out what the current prices are for the type of metal you have.

Call us at 585-762-9080 or contact us through this form.

3. Reserve a Container if Necessary

If you have a large amount of scrap metal, you could reserve a container from us. If you just have a few pieces you want to get rid of, reserving a container isn’t necessary.

Edward Arnold Scrap Processors offers dump trailers, flatbeds, van trailers, roll-off from 15 yards to 50 yards, and roller bins with valves.

Click here to learn more about our container services.

4. Drop off Scrap Metal

Come to our scrapyard at 2216 Angling Rd Corfu, NY to drop off your scrap. Click here for directions. 

5. Get Paid

Now for the fun part! Ed Arnold will pay you the best price for your metal in all of Western New York.

Do you want to recycle your scrap metal?

Contact Ed Arnold today! Bring it to us for proper disposal and get paid for the material. We offer scrap metal container services for large quantities to store your metal and allow for easy transport back to our scrapping facilities.