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Updated: Oct 23, 2019

Posted on December 27, 2017

Need a little extra cash after the holidays?  Have you resolved to lessen your environmental impact in the new year?  Look no further than a paid recycling center!

According to Nielsen insights, the top five New Year’s resolutions include staying fit, losing weight, enjoying life, spending less money and saving more, and spending more time with friends and family. Do you know what is not on the top five and should be?  Scrapping or recycling!

In 2010, the scrap metal industry added $64 billion dollars into our economy and helped dampen the negative environmental impact. By recycling or scrapping metal, it diverts it from sitting in landfills, prevents drilling for raw material, and lowering our carbon footprint. Best of all, there are recycling centers that pay you based on your scrap value.

Don’t know where to start? Here are some tips on where to find scrap according to seasons!

Recycle Pipes


Pipes, Shovels, and Plows: Cold weather brings busted pipes and snow, so be on the lookout for old pipes, copper, HVAC, busted shovels and plows. Need a new pipe or snowplow? Bring the old ones in for cash to put towards your new ones.

Christmas Decor: When scrapping in the winter, look for Christmas lights and artificial trees, these can actually be recycled!

Old Workout Equipment: Out with the old, and in with the new. Have old exercise equipment collecting dust? Bring it our way! 

Aluminum Cans: Super Bowl 52 is in February and it is a great time to collect and recycle aluminum cans.


Spring Cleaning: Once the weather gets nice, people start to clean out basements and their garages. Bring in your outdated household items and get paid.

Garage Sales: Do not be afraid to stop by a garage sale or two. You could purchase something that is worth more in scrap than what you purchased it for.

Old Appliances: We love old appliances, just bring them to us!

Wires: Extension cords, cables, and wires are all worth money. If you have a pile of cords and no idea what they belong to, bring them to us. We pay you to recycle them.

Lead Acid Batteries: These batteries are 80% recyclable. The plastic, lead and acid can all be recycled.  

Brass: You can recycle old lamps, sink fixtures, brass collectibles, lighting fixtures and much more.  

College Campus Finds: At the end of the semester, check your local college campus dumpster for old furniture, lamps, and appliances.


A/C Units: Did your A/C unit go out, or is time for an upgrade? Recycle your old Air Conditioning unit at Metro Recycling, or a recycling facility near you. If you are not an HVAC Contract make sure you have the correct paperwork. Visit our How to Recycle page for more info. Metro Recycling takes theft very seriously and it will not be tolerated.

Pool Equipment: Summer can sometimes come with unpleasant surprises. If your pool motor doesn’t work or the heater went out, the old above-ground pool finally gave out (aluminum walls), or even if the pool ladder is busted, bring all that recycling into Metro and we will pay you to recycle.

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