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2 Interesting Places You Can Collect Scrap Metal

If you are just getting started in the scrap metal collection game, it can be difficult to know where to go to collect scrap metal that has not already been hit up by others with the same idea as you. Here are two interesting places where you can collect scrap metal. 

#1 Shooting Ranges

Shooting ranges can be a goldmine for scrap metal collectors. All of the brass from discarded shell cases can be collected and sold to a scrap metal recycling company. 

However, you should not just show up at your local shooting range and start collecting discarded shells without permission. Talk to the owners of your local shooting ranges, and ask if you can collect the discarded shells. You could offer to clean and pick up all the shells on specific days of the week before the shooting range opens or right after it closes.

To make this proposition more appealing to the owners of the shooting range, make sure you let them know that you will clean up all the shell casings on their property and that their employees will not need to clean up on the days that you come by. That way, the shooting range saves on labor while you are able to increase the amount of scrap metal that you pick up. 

You should also make sure that your local scrap metal recycling company will accept contaminated brass. Not all scrap metal companies do; you may have to shop around to find a location that will take your shell cases. 

#2 Medical Facilities 

Another great place to collect scrap metal is from medical facilities, such as:

  • Doctors Offices
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Walk-In Medical Clinics
  • Hospitals

Medical facilities are full of equipment that can be turned into scrap metal, such as old:

  • Walkers
  • Crutches
  • Wheelchairs
  • Hospital Beds
  • Medical Equipment

In order to gain access to these sources of scrap metal, you need to establish a relationship with these places first. Drop by and make an appointment to speak with the administrator in charge of the medical facility. Make sure you dress nice and bring a few business cards with you. Let them know that you are willing to remove all old and broken equipment from their premises. By providing them with a valuable service and savings them time from disposing of old equipment on their own, they are more likely to give you access to their old equipment and potential scrap metal. 

Remember, construction sites are not the only place where you can collect scrap metal. Shooting ranges and medical facilities can be great locations to collect scrap metal. Just make sure that you ask permission first and work to establish a mutually beneficial, long term relationship so that these locations can become a regular source of scrap metal for you. 

To learn more, contact a company like Full Circle Recycling