Time to do a spring clean with your scrap metal

Spring is a great time to get out into the garden and get the garden ready for summer, and there is no better time than now to get rid of some of those old bit and pieces that have been hiding in your garden over the winter months. Whether it is the old metal barbeque that has seen better days or that old fridge, washer or microwave that is now acting as an elaborate garden container for a few weeds now is the time to take action.

Whilst many councils are extend hard waste collection services to their residents, we at Southern Cross Metal Recyclers have gone one step further to make sure your garden and house are in top shape for this summer by offering a pick up service for your scrap metal and if pick-up is not your thing you can always bring that metal to our Laverton North drop-off point.

Not only will we help you get rid of those old unsightly items from your garden but doing so will also help you keep your garden safer for your children, grandchildren and pets by removing any dangerous metals or broken whitegoods or appliances. So what are you waiting for call us now, if you hurry we may even be able help you secure some extra standing room at your footy barbeque.

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Disposal of your broken air conditioning unit (HVAC)

Summer is here and as temperatures begin to rise across Melbourne more households than ever will be turning to their air conditioners to keep the heat at bay. To make sure your air conditioner is up to the job as the mercury rises we have pulled together a few handy tips to keep your cooling system working as effectively and efficiently as possible:

  • For all air conditioners make sure you clean the filter to remove any built up dust and debris
  • For Evaporative coolers ensure you flush the water from the system regularly to avoid bacteria build up and optimal cooling performance
  • If a hot day is forecast give your air conditioner a running start by pre-cooling your house the night before
  • Lowering the thermostat by 1 degree can cut your running costs by 15%

However, for those of us who are realizing that the best years of their A/C’s service are behind them upgrading to a new unit is becoming a more pressing priority. Fortunately there is a silver lining with many of the new systems providing better bang for each of your energy bucks than older systems however one something all households should consider when replacing their units is the safe disposal of their old machine. Air conditioners like fridges carry coolant gases that may be harmful to the environment.

At Southern Cross Metal Recyclers, one of our most popular services is our air conditioner recycling. We will come to you and remove away any number of non working, damaged or replaced air conditioning units. This is a service which we provide across the greater Melbourne metropolitan area. Residential, industrial, and commercial AC removal is available.

We are one of the most reputable recyclers in Australia and are AMIRA registered and EPA certified with the ability to safely and properly recover, and recycle refrigerants contained within such appliances. Best of all we do this at absolutely no cost.

Don’t pay the rubbish tips to drop off your air conditioners, or any other company to take them, when we’ll pick them up for a small fee.

We go through a step by step process with each an every AC unit we recover. These air conditioning units will be will be completely and %100 percent recycled in up to 10 different categories of recyclable metal.
If you have a couple or many air conditioner units that you want removed and properly recycled %100 percent, CONTACT US today!

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There are many demands on your time – work, kids, exercise, relationships, not to mention actually taking time out to rest and relax! Balancing your day to day and getting on top of clutter around your home can be one of the most challenging things to overcome challenging for the best of us. Our friends at Eco-organiser are offering a great service that help you create more TIME and SPACE in your life, and to do it in an environmentally friendly way.

They also have some great Before and After Case Studies worth looking at to find out how you can get organised. And don’t forget we can help you get rid of a wide range of scrap metal around your home, simply call us to book a pick up* .


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How to get up to date scrap metal prices

Recycling or dealing scrap metal can be a earn you a decent profit if you know what you’re doing. How much money you make recycling your scrap metal depends on a wide variety of factors that includes the quality of the scrap metal, how much scrap you’re trying to sell, and the current price of the metal. Scrap prices change daily due to supply and demand. It’s important to be aware of the fluctuating market and how you can get it to work for you.

What is the best way to find the latest Scrap Metal Prices?

There are a lot of ways to find out how much scrap is going for and what attributes to those prices. It all comes down to how you research and where you look.

  • Doing research about scrap metal prices can tell you when they’ll be rising or falling. It is also worthwhile keep an eye on historic international scrap prices. Even if you don’t trade scrap internationally, you can still use that information to keep across price movements in other markets and form a view on how that affects prices locally.
  • Check our scrap metal price calculator. We regularly update the prices we pay for your scrap metal and try to make sure the latest price information is only a click or a swipe away.
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Metal recycling, act local think global

At Southern Cross Metal Recyclers, metal recycling is our life so we thought we would share a few facts on why metal recycling is such an important thing to do.

  • Scrap metal composes 17.5% of litter collected across Australia on days like our Clean Up Australia Day
  • Steel is the world’s most recycled material, and can be recycled again and again without reducing the quality of the end product, that means we preserve more of our precious resources for our future generations
  • Making steel from recycled material uses only 25% of the energy needed to make steel from raw materials, not only does this save on harmful greenhouse emissions
  • Every tonne of recycled steel saves 1131kg of iron ore, 633kg of coal and 54 kg of limestone

In Australian capital cities scrap metal is collected by businesses and local government, broken down with larger shredders, sorted by type and melted down to become a renewable resource equal in standard to the original product – at Southern Cross Metal Recyclers we play vital part in this process by ensuring the steel we collect is processed to the highest standard. So if you have any steel you need recycled and your want to ensure it is done right give us a call now. We can help with both commercial and domestic recycling needs. We provide pick-up services, on-site bins if the job in big enough and can help clear large commercial sites with minimal effort and fuss.

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Remove barbeque scrap metal

Summer is a great time to start barbequing again and there is no better time to get BBQ ready than now.
Unfortunately lot of barbecues at the cheaper end of the market have chrome-plated steel grills and once the chrome gets scratched or otherwise damaged, the exposed steel then rusts very quickly. You might get all the rust off now but there is a good chance that the rust will creep back. If it’s a cast iron grill then you should be able to de-rust it, the Burke’s backyard site has some great tips on how you can fix your grill for before your next cook up.
As for the base or body of your bbq, it depends on where of the hole is and the size. it’s a kettle/barrel type bbq, you could strip it right back to bare metal and paint it with a heat-proof metal paint. This will minimize further rusting further however sanding back metal and ensuring all the rust is removed/converted and covered to prevent further rusting is a big job and you will need a to set aside a reasonable amount of time to do it.
If you don’t think it’s worth the effort to save this one look for a better quality grill. Stainless steel is always a great alternative but it can be a bit more expensive. A more cost effective option is to buy a well constructed enamel or cast iron model and protect it better in the first place, and don’t leave bbqs outside and uncovered in wet/moist weather.
If you bbq has seen the end of its grilling days and you have decided to upgrade then let us help you easily dispose of your old one. At Southern Cross Metal Recyclers our pick up service can conveniently collect you scrap bbq and you can rest assured that all of the metal will be responsibly recycled the highest of standards. So give us a call today if you have old bbq’s gas bottles, or any other metals around your home you need to get rid of.

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Save money replacing your old metal roof

Replacing your roof can be one of the most important as well one of the most expensive costs in maintaining a house. Fortunately there is a fairly simple way of getting an idea how much it will cost and saving a few dollars along the way.

  1. Calculate the approximate roof area of your home by measuring the length and width of your home. For example, a house that measures 10m by 20m will have a footprint of approximately 200 square meters.
  2. Multiply with the foot print by 1.5 to approximate the area of your roofs surface. In our example 200 by 1.5 gives 300 meters square of roof area.
  3. Typically installers in Australia will charge anywhere from $80 to $120 per square meter to install a new roof. Based on a average this would result in an approximate cost of $30,000 for the house in our example.

In addition to the cost of replacing your roof you will also need to budget for removal of unwanted material. As council hard waste collection services do not cover renovation materials most people opt for on site bins that can cost in excess of $500. Southern Cross Metal Recyclers can help you reduce this cost significantly, or even avoid it altogether by arranging a free pick-up for your old metal roof pieces. Simply place your scrap metal in a spot that is accessible at the front of your property and call one of our team to arrange a free pick-up. So keep more money in your back pocket call Southern Cross Metal Recyclers now.

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10 Refrigerator Troubleshooting Tips

Refrigerators are one of the most essential white goods around in your home and unfortunately from time to time they do have a tendency to break down, especially ones that have seen many good years of service. The following is a quick guide on some of the common issues that can occur with your fridge and what you can do to repair them.

  1. Check the troubleshooting section of your owner’s manual. Most common issues relating to your fridge and what to do to repair them should be listed here.
  2. If the refrigerator is not running, check if the refrigerator is receiving proper electricity. This one my sound obvious but from time to time cords can be knocked out of their socket, frayed or even the fuse for the power outlet may have tripped.
  3. The light inside the refrigerator appear to be working, but the refrigerator is not maintaining a cool temperature.  Check the temperature control inside your fridge and ensure that it is at the appropriate setting.
  4. If the fridge or the freezer is too cold, checking the temperature settings.
  5. The light inside the fridge is not working. You may need to replace the bulb. You can generally buy bulbs at most hardware stores. Simply remove the old bulb, show it to one of the staff members in store and they will help you find a replacement.  If changing the bulb does not work check that the switch on the door is working properly.
  6. Cool air is escaping from the fridge. Check the fridge door seals, make sure there are no obstructions at the point of contact.
  7. If your fridge is leaking water, check to see if the drain pan is clogged or if the ice tray is overflowing.
  8. If there is water inside the refrigerator, check the drain tube for leaks or clogs
  9. If the refrigerator is making noise, it may be completely normal. If your refrigerator did not make noise in the past, you may want to check to see if the fridge is completely level.
  10. If the fridge is running constantly without stopping, check to make sure the door is properly sealed. Additionally, you may want to defrost the freezer.

The ‘tipping point’


Determining the ‘tipping point’ at which it’s economically and environmentally best to replace a fridge freezer with a more efficient model rather than get your existing fridge freezer fixed isn’t straightforward. But if you’ve got an older fridge, a new, more energy-efficient refrigerator will cut your annual running costs.

These days, fridge freezers are designed to be more energy efficient than old models. The difference in running costs for old models verses new can be anywhere from $50-150 per year so it may be worth while checking your fridges electrical efficiency. This can be done by buying a energy cost meter from your local Bunnings. A meter will help you understand how much your fridge costs to run each year.

Mandatory standards are now in place in Australia that ensures new fridges conform to higher energy standards. The star rating system associated Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) are used to indicate the energy efficiency of most new fridges. You can find out more information about the star system here. The more efficient your fridge the more money you are likely to save each year in escalating electricity costs.

Making space for your new fridge

If you have decided to take the plunge and buy a new fridge then give us a call, we can pick-up that old fridge for you for free and with a minimum of fuss and hassle. Better still, if you recycle your old fridge with Southern Cross Metal Recyclers you can rest assured that your fridge will be degassed and recycled to the highest standards. Don’t wait any longer, give us a call now and book a pickup.

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Hard waste collection when you need it

We recently stumbled upon an interesting report commissioned by the City of Melbourne on how the council could better manage hard rubbish collections. The report reviewed the hard waste policies and services or a number of councils including City of Port Phillip, City of Sydney, Randwick City Council, Region of Peel Community Recycling Centres and identified a number of problem areas with hard waste disposal practices today. Some of the key findings were:

  • Services differ substantially from council to council
  • Residents in areas where recycling is at a fixed time have to deal with their own recycling in between pick-up dates
  • Unsightly periods around waste pick-up dates

The solution… Make pick-ups on demand by providing resident with one free pick-up a year, Whilst we think that is a great solution for some, we at Southern Cross Metal Recyclers also recognise everyone has differing recycling needs and that is why we offer to pick up your scrap metal through-out the year. All you need to do is give us a call and arrange a time. We pick-up scrap metal from all parts of the greater Melbourne metropolitan area, if you are unsure if we pick-up from your location check out our pick-up locations here and don’t wait any longer to get your metal recycled now.

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Common metals around the home

Common metals around the home

Identifying the types of metal in your household plumbing is relatively simple once you understand the basics. Depending on the age of the property the plumbing systems will have metal or plastic pipes, although it is not uncommon to find both. Traditionally all hot water pipes were metal but plastic pipes are now widely used due to their flexibility and relative ease of installation.

Copper pipe

The most common type of metal pipe in residential properties is copper pipe. It can be used for both supplying hot and cold water and to connect the heating system. Copper pipes are available with 15mm and 22mm diameters. Copper piping is relatively flexible and can generally be readily identified by is reddish brown colouring.

Chrome-plated copper pipe

Chrome plated copper pipes are also widely used in residential available with 15mm and 22mm diameters. Chrome Plated Copper Tube is predominantly used in such areas as kitchens or bath / shower rooms where there is a greater risk or corrosion due the environment and also the desire for an aesthetic finish.

Galvanized pipe

Galvanized pipe is usually coated with a layer of zinc. The zinc protects against corrosion and this protective barrier proves equally effective against damage from moisture indoors and outdoors. Up to the later 1970’s-1980’s galvanized steel was utilized for water supply pipes in construction. Galvanized piping was phased out because the zinc barrier tended to react with minerals in the water which created build-up in the pipe and in some cases led to restricted water flow and/or burst pipes.

You can also find galvanized pipe used extensively in fences (posts), railings, scaffolding, washing lines (the old Hill’s hoist) and garden furniture such as old trampolines etc.

Although generally quite durable, when damaged galvanized piping can become susceptible to rust. You should regularly check any piping for damage to ensure that the strength of the item is not compromised. Of course if there is an issue and you need to replace or remove the piping Southern Cross Metal Recyclers can assist you with a quick and easy collection service.

Stainless steel piping

Stainless steel piping is a rigid pipe that is highly resistive to corrosion and is usually has a mirrored silver appearance. This type of pipe is usually used in premium applications such as visible piping and fittings. It is also extensively used in highly corrosive environments.


Brass is a man made alloy of copper and zinc mixed together. Copper and brass are two very similar looking metals and both are extensively used in household piping and plumbing. To differentiate between brass and copper pipes. One of the easiest ways to tell the difference between copper and brass is to look at the color. The two may  seem very similar however  if you have an item that you know is made out of copper then compare the color and decide whether it’s brass or copper. Copper has a red tinge to it and will turn green when it starts to corrode.

Bronze Piping

Bronze piping is relatively rare around the home. It was widely used in boat and ship fittings prior to the adoption of stainless steel owing to its combination of toughness and resistance to salt water corrosion. Bronze is still commonly used in ship propellers and submerged bearings. You will tend to find bronze in older weather proofing applications, decorative fixtures, bowls and sculptures.

Lead Piping

Fortunately Lead pipe plumbing is not widespread in Australian homes and little is heard about drinking water as a source of lead poisoning – unlike Europe and the US. The late Lead Reference Centre (a section of NSW Environment Protection Authority devoted to lead policy and education from 1997-9) has not even devoted a fact sheet to the subject. Nevertheless, it may be an issue worth investigating if your home was built prior to the 1930’s, when copper pipes replaced lead pipes. Lead is usually dull grey or silvery in colour, is relatively easy to bend, and can be scratched and scraped easily. A good way to identify lead piping is to scratch the surface with a coin or similar object.  Lead piping that has been scraped or scratched will appear shiny or silver.

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