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Home owners and some companies don’t know the difference between scrap metal pickups and garbage or junk removal. So to help the general population out a bit and also bring light to the benefits of scrap metal recycling, we’ve discussed the differences and details of the two services.

Scrap Metal vs. Garbage? Who ya gonna call? Scrapper or Junker?

If you are cleaning out a garage or a old warehouse, you will usually come across scrap metal and garbage that has to be removed. But figuring out the right junk company, scrapper, or garbage removal business can be a confusing manner. Some people think if they have one TV they should call a scrapper. While others think that they should call a garbage removal service for a bed frame they have replaced. We are here to clear the air and fill in the blanks of what the big deal is to a scrapper and a junker.

Scrap Metal Pickups Defined

Usually the companies or people that advertise scrap metal pickups are looking for specific types of materials. Scrap metal recycling is important to these people to make money off of by recycling the metals and other components with their local scrap yard or salvage yard. So when you have items that are made of mostly metal like file cabinets, outdoor furniture, computers, electronics, air conditioners, and household appliances, these are the kind of items that scrap metal pickups should consist of.

Remember that scrap metal pickups are usually for the scrap yard so the more weight the better. When asking for scrap metal pickups, have a picture you can send or a rough estimate of how much material (in weight) you have to be picked up. The scrappers that are going to be picking up your metals will want an idea of what size vehicle, truck, or trailer they should bring with them to get the material loaded.

The key to scrap metal pickups is that those picking up want the most metal materials as possible. The more metal the more money they can make at the scrap yard. Scrappers will usually not charge to haul away your materials if you have mostly metal. However, you may ask them for a small fee for your material since they will be making money from it. If you have a little bit of metal but a lot of other materials like wood, plastic, or paper, a scrap metal pickup company is not the right one to call. You should get in touch with some that can pick up garbage instead.

Garbage and Junk Pickup Services

Junk haulers and garbage companies will remove scrap metal for you if you have it, but they are looking to get a bulk of garbage and junk moved and either recycled, reused, or thrown away for you. Commonly these companies are called when you are looking to move, clean out your house, or you are having construction work down to your home. Some items that the garbage haulers will look for are clothing, carpet, construction debris, couches, mattresses, and other bulk items that can be put in a regular garbage can.

The junk haulers and garbage guys will usually charge you a fee to remove the material from your home. They have to usually pay to throw it out at the dump or wherever they are bringing it. So don’t be surprised if they hand you a bill at the end of the services. Usually they will also ask for a rough estimate of how much garbage you want to be removed so they know what to charge you for. Occasionally these junk hauling companies will make some money from items they pick up if they are antiques or can be repurposed or sold elsewhere.

Little Bit Of Both?

Sometimes garbage haulers also offer scrap metal pickups. Because they are traveling on a regular basis anyway the more types of materials and more services they offer, the more money they can make. So if you are looking to clean a basement out you may want to ask the company if they provide services for both. Or you can just take the initiative and scrap the metal yourself to make some extra cash!

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