Five step process to identify your scrap metal

  1. The easiest way to see if an item can be recycled is generally by a quick inspection. If the item looks like metal, is heavy and has the characteristic tone of metal when tapped (think of the sound a bell makes) then you most likely have a metal item that can be recycled. If so, jump straight to the fourth item to see how you can recycle your item efficiently and responsibly with Southern Cross Metal Recyclers.
  2. If you’re still unsure, or would like to know exactly what type of metal you have, there are two other tests you can perform; The Colour test. Generally, items that are reddish brown are copper – common copper items include household plumbing. White items can be any one of lead, aluminium, zinc or magnesium – there are a broad range of items that are made of these metals, such as old household window frames, certain household appliances etc. Finally, items that are silvery white tend to be galvanised iron – old unpainted metal roofs are good examples of this metal.
  3. The Chip Test. If you are still unsure, you can usually chip away a small piece of the metal and inspect it in more detail. Cast iron chips relatively easily and is small and brittle. Aluminium and copper tends to chip as continuous jagged pieces. Lead chips can be of any shape and are usually soft enough to be cut with a knife. For a more detailed description refer to this great resource to find out how to identify more metals;
  4. Once you have identified your metal you can check how much it is worth by using our handy pricing calculator.
  5. Drop off your metal at our Williamstown location or call our friendly staff on 1300 SCRAAP or 1300 727 227 and we will make sure that your metal is disposed efficiently and responsibly. Remember we recycle metal from all over the greater Melbourne area and can arrange pick-up of your scrap if required.
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