Starting A Scrap Metal Recycling Program At Your Facility? How To Avoid Problems With Pickup Services

30 April 2019
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If you have industrial scrap metal that you want to recycle, don't haul it away by yourself. Hire an industrial scrap metal pickup company to take care of the pickup for you. Most industrial recycling centers and salvage yards provide pickup service for large operations. To make sure you avoid problems for you and the salvage company, here are four steps that you should follow.

Have Your Metal Separated

If your site runs like most industrial operations, you have a variety of metals to be scrapped. Unfortunately, the co-mingling of various metals can pose problems and delays on pickup day. That's because metal is recycled based on the type of metal it is, as well as whether the metal is ferrous or non-ferrous. To avoid delays, and errors with payment, be sure to have your metals separated prior to pickup. It's particularly important that you separate your ferrous from your non-ferrous metals. If you're not sure what the difference is between ferrous and non-ferrous metals. One is magnetic, and the other one isn't. You can use a test magnet during separation to keep the piles straight.

Provide a Clear Path

When it comes to ensuring a problem-free pickup of your scrap metal, you want to always provide a clear path. Make sure your work yard is free of any debris or clutter that could pose a problem for the scrap trucks. Not only will a clear path reduce the time spent on scrap pickup, but it will also reduce the risks of accidents and injuries.

Designate One Yard Attendant

If you're implementing a long-term scrap metal recycling program, you'll need to designate one yard attendant to be in charge of the operation. This yard attendant should be available on scrap metal pickup day, as well as oversee the scrap metal storage area. Designating one specific person to be the yard attendant will help ensure that the program runs smoothly and that there is one contact person for the salvage company to conduct business with.

Keep a Scale On Site

When it comes to running an efficient scrap metal recycling program for your industrial scrap, it's important that you maintain accurate records. One way to do that is to keep a metal scale on site. Your scale will allow you to cross-check the weight readings you receive from the scrap yard. It will also allow you to monitor how much scrap metal your operation is generating.