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How to turn your farm’s old metal into cash


Farms are an abundant source of scrap metal. If you live on a farm, chances are you have a number of items and pieces of equipment that can be scrapped.


Recycling old, broken and rusty equipment is a great way to clear away clutter and make some extra cash. It’s also good for the environment as it prevents things from ending up in a landfill. So how do you turn your junk metal into cash? Here’s what you need to do.


Scavenge for scraps

Start by searching your farm for scraps. Keep an eye out for old farm equipment from the 50s, 60s and 70s — the heavier the better. Classic and items weigh a lot more than current farm equipment and are worth more money. Here are a few sources of scrap metal commonly found on farms:


• Old tractors and tractor parts
• Old cars and trucks
• Steam tractors
• Plows
• Reapers
• Threshing machines
• Hog oilers
• Old appliances (e.g. refrigerators, washers, dryers and air conditioners)
• Cast iron railings
• Radiators
• Cables, fences and wire


Separate your scraps

Separating and preparing your scraps will help you earn more money for items. Begin by sorting your scraps into ferrous and non-ferrous metals.


Ferrous metals contain iron. You can identify them by using a magnet. If the magnet sticks to your metal, it’s ferrous. You may also be able to distinguish these metals based on appearance as ferrous metals tend to rust. Some examples of ferrous metals are steel, cast iron and sheet iron.


Non-ferrous metals, on the other hand, don’t contain iron and a magnet won’t stick them. Aluminum, copper, brass, tin, gold and silver are some examples of non-ferrous metals. Non-ferrous metals are worth more money than ferrous ones.


Sell your scraps

Once you’ve collected and separated your scraps, you’ll need to find a place to sell them. You can unload your functioning equipment at an auction or you can look for a dealer that will swap old equipment for new equipment. However, non-functioning equipment and metal scraps should be sold at a scrap yard or metal recycling facility. If you live in or near Edmonton, you can bring your scraps to General Recycling Industries.


Metal recycling in Edmonton

General Recycling Industries is a premier metal recycling facility in Edmonton. We buy, sell and recycle various forms and types of scrap metals including ferrous and non-ferrous metals, alloys and batteries. Contact us today to learn more about selling your scrap metal.