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How to Make Money From 7 Types of Sports Equipment


Did you know that scrap metal yards are happy to buy your used athletic equipment? This is the case because so many of the items used for sports have metal components that can be recycled. Here are some types of equipment that you can get money for at General Recycling Industries Ltd.


1. Free weights

Free weights are typically made from steel or iron. They may have a rubber casing, but this can be removed. The heavier the weight, the more they’re worth. This includes dumbbells, circular weight plates and bench press bars. The bars alone can weigh between 10 and 20 kilograms.

Weight benches and their accessories are made from stainless steel, too. An old weight set can add up to hundreds of pounds of steel.


2. Fitness equipment

Elliptical machines and treadmills are big, bulky and take up a lot of space To a scrap metal yard, they’re valuable as they contain recyclable metals such as stainless steel, aluminum, and copper. Scrap metal yards will gladly take these items off your hands and pay you for them.

3. Bicycles

If you have a broken or worn-out bicycle, you can sell it to a metal scrapyard. Whether it’s a stationary bike or a normal bicycle, the steel and aluminum will earn you a bit of cash. Stationary bikes that have motors inside will also contain copper wiring.


4. Golf clubs

Modern golf clubs are made from composite materials like graphite and carbon fibre, which metal scrapyards won’t accept. However, grandpa’s old clubs in the attic are probably made from stainless steel and iron and those you can sell for scrap.


5. Baseball bats

Similar to golf clubs, modern baseball bats are made from materials that can’t be recycled. Softball and baseball bats from the 1980s and 1990s, however, are likely to be made of aluminum and metal scrapyards can recycle them.


6. Lacrosse sticks

The shafts of lacrosse sticks are typically made of either aluminum or titanium.


7. Ski poles

Older ski poles are made from aluminum. However, you’ll need a lot of aluminum to make a significant profit. Collect all your poles, sticks, clubs and bats at one time.


Scrap metal recycling in Edmonton

Once you’ve collected your old sports equipment, take it to one of General Recycling Industries Ltd.’s two locations in Edmonton for an assessment. This will allow you to declutter your home and ensure your old sports equipment is kept out of the local landfill. Contact us today to learn more about how to recycle your metal.