Easy and Green Ways to Use Old Metal
Many times, when you complete a home remodeling project, you find yourself with some leftover scrap metal. Whether you’re installing a new fence or replacing old fixtures, metal is a part of so many items in your home. While it may seem inconvenient, having scrap metal is actually an opportunity to do something good for the environment. Here are a few suggestions of ways to use old metal in new, eco-friendly ways.
Give It Away
If you’re like most people, you will only have scrap metal laying around a few times in your life. That suggests you probably don’t immediately know what to do with it. If that’s the case, simply posting your scrap metal on a local neighborhood site for “free” will typically result in a bunch of people willing to haul it away for you. These people then use the metal for many different purposes, some of which are discussed below. If you don’t want to put in extra effort to get rid of your scrap metal, though, there’s plenty of companies like Big Daddy Scrap willing to come pick it up for you.
If you have the means to haul the scrap metal away yourself, one easy solution is to recycle it. Most cities have at least one metal reclamation center that takes in a variety of different metals. You won’t get paid for your metal using this method, but it’ll be out of your hair and you’ll ensure it doesn’t end up in a landfill.
If you have enough of the correct types of scrap metal, you can make a little money off of it by selling it. Prices for different metals can vary widely, so it is wise to call ahead to the company you plan to take it to so you can make sure it’s worth your while. If you have something that will continue to accrue, such as aluminum cans, selling them, even for a small amount, could certainly be worthwhile, since those small amounts will add up over time.
If you’ve got some artistic skill, you may be able to take your scrap metal and transform it into a beautiful work of art. Whether it’s something more practical like a one-of-a-kind industrial headboard, or something more artistic like an outdoor sculpture, simply knowing you’ve given your scrap metal new life is more than worth the time it takes to create your masterpiece. Another benefit of using scrap metal for art is that you may be able to sell your work to other people, giving you an even larger return on your materials.
Don’t Throw It Away
With all the options available for the disposal of scrap metal, one thing’s for sure: you don’t need to throw it away. Metal can stick around for hundreds of years or longer, so throwing it away only ensures it will be taking up space in a landfill for a long time to come. So, whether you choose to give it away or give it a new life, think wisely about what you’re going to do the next time you’re left with some scrap metal.