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The 7 Most Common Scrap Metals To Collect Near You

The 7 Most Common Scrap Metals To Collect Near You

It is true that some metal types are much more valuable than others and most who collect and resell scrap metal have their main focus on metal types that fetch a higher price. But collecting high-value metal for reselling isn’t always the best way to earn an income through the scrap metal industry. Metals that are valuable tend to be a lot harder to come by and it can be difficult to locate enough of these more precious metals to yield a profit.

If you want to be successful with scrap metal reselling then it is best to collect any metal you can find. Collecting large bulks of cheaper metal can help you generate a much higher income simply because these metals are easier to find and you can collect larger quantities in less time.

While you are on the lookout for rare or high-prized metal types, you shouldn’t turn a blind eye to other more common metal types like the following.


Steel is one of the most common metal types. This metal is a type of iron alloy that is enriched with carbon. The carbon introduced into the iron is helpful for reducing the weight of steel, it enhances the strength of the metal and protects it from erosion. This metal is commonly used in the manufacturing of small parts because it has a very strong weight-to-strength ratio. There are many different grades of steel out there and a huge variety of products can be made from steel.

Alloy Steel

Alloy steel is a metal that is made from chromium, manganese, nickel, tungsten, vanadium, or iron. Each of these elements introduced into the metal will alter the characteristics of the final product. Some alloy steels are lighter while others are stronger for example. This metal is pretty common because it is quite affordable to produce.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is one metal type that you never want to say no to. This metal can be stored in any condition for many years because it is corrosion-resistant. The metal is manufactured from iron, carbon, and chromium and also includes residues of other metal types. Stainless steel is used for a great many household and furniture items and can be found all around us.

Carbon Steel

Carbon steel comes in three groups which include low, medium, and high carbon steel. This metal is made from iron and carbon and it is often used to make tools but it is mostly used as a structural material for buildings. 


Iron is the 6th most common element in the world but as a clean element, it will react with oxygen to form iron oxide. To enhance its stability, iron is usually combined with other elements. By combining iron with other elements, manufacturers can develop all sorts of steel. 


Aluminium is one of the higher-priced metals because it is a bit scarcer than steel and fetches a higher price at scrap metal companies. This metal is sought after because it offers an impressive weight-to-strength ratio and it has many applications since it can be used for anything from simple household objects to aircraft


Zinc is also a pretty common metal and it can easily be identified because it has a low melting point compared to other metals. This metal is pretty easy to cast and it is often used as a coating for other metals so they will be protected from rust. 

Once you have lots of metal piled up and sorted, you should give us a call at Danny Scrap Metal for collections. Our scrap metal company will purchase any type of metal from you and we pay a good market-related rate for all of the metal waste you manage to find. 

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