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3 Items You Can’t Legally Scrap in Tennessee and 5 That Give Us Pause

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Metal recycling benefits the environment and the economy in multiple ways. Unfortunately, scrap metal has historically been an easy target for thieves, with metal theft almost always rising alongside the prices for precious metals, steel, bronze, and copper. Tennessee has multiple laws to help ensure that what ends up in the scrap yard has been sold by legitimate owners. Many of these laws have been on the books for decades and are a regular part of doing business as a scrap metal dealer. Some are new, but none are onerous, as long as you know what to expect when selling

Tennessee’s Catalytic Converter Theft Protection Plan

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Tennessee has seen a massive uptick in the theft of catalytic converters in the past year. Nationwide, this crime has increased by 300% from 2019 to 2020. In 2020 alone, over 14,000 converters were reported stolen or missing. Most professionals speculate that this is due to the massive increase in unemployment that has occurred during the pandemic. To curb this wave of crime, Tennessee has instated a brand-new law in July preventing the illegal sale of catalytic converters. Why Catalytic Converters? To the untrained eye, a catalytic converter may seem like a random piece of car machinery to target, but

The 5 Most Valuable Scrap Metals in Your House

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Even though it’s officially June, it’s still not too late to get into some last-minute spring cleaning! If you’re ready to refresh your surroundings, whether it’s a deep clean or maybe a remodeling, you are still going to have to clear out some space in your home. An easy way to do this is by collecting any old scrap metal you may find on the inside and outside of your place. Not only will this give you a little extra cash for décor shopping or other spending needs, but it’s also a great way to make the planet a little greener.

Answers to Your Scrap Metal FAQs

Want to scrap metal recycle but don’t know where to start? At Roane Metals, we understand success with scrap metal recycling can seem overwhelming if you’ve never recycled scrap metal before. That’s why we want to make it simple for you to turn your unwanted scrap metal into cash. So, if you’re ready to learn more about how scrap recycling can be an easy way to make extra money, here are some of our most commonly asked questions about scrap metal recycling. What metals do you accept? We buy a wide range of both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. These include:

Environmental Benefits of Recycling Scrap Metal

Scrap metal has long been a revenue source for companies and individuals alike. But recycling your scrap metal is not only good for your wallet, it also helps the environment in countless ways. Last year, U.S. metal scrap recyclers processed 130 million tons of scrap metal and other materials, saving energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, preserving natural resources, and limiting the amount of material headed to landfills. Below, we explain why scrap metal recycling has been so successful where other recycling hasn’t, and some of the key impacts metal recycling makes to environmental preservation.

Top 8 Places to Look for Scrap Copper

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Copper is one of the most common metals scrappers will look for to sell at the scrap yard. It’s a highly sought-after commodity in the scrap metal recycling community because it’s worth a lot of money and can be found in a lot of different places. If you’re looking to find some copper to sell, try looking in some of these places. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best places and appliances where you can find scrap copper.

Copper vs. Brass vs. Bronze: What’s the Difference?

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Have you ever looked at a piece of scrap metal and thought, “Is this copper, brass, or bronze?” These three metals can sometimes be a little confusing to tell apart if you don’t know what differences you’re looking for. After all, they’re collectively referred to as the “red metals” and are often used in similar applications. While they may look the same initially, these metals are all actually quite different from one another. Here’s how you can make the distinction between copper, brass, and bronze when you come across these scrap metals.

Summertime Scrap

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Summertime is full of fun moments for friends and family. Between beach trips, lazy days on the lake, backyard barbecues, or Fourth of July fireworks, it seems like there’s always a reason to celebrate in these warmer months. So, if you’re looking to spruce up your backyard or make a little extra cash for that last minute vacation, Roane Metals Group has a way to help you get your yard clean and fill your pockets with a little extra green. There are five things in your backyard that you can make some cash off this summer by taking them to a scrap metal yard to be recycled.  

The Life of Copper: From Underground to Your Home

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According to the US Geological Survey, Copper is the third most-consumed industrial metal in the world, and about 75 percent of the copper used can be found in electronics, telecommunication cables, and electrical wires. This is because this metal is highly ductile, malleable, and conductive, as well as fairly resistant to corrosion. To go from its natural state in the ground to become a wire in your home, copper has to go through a long, multistage process. Here is the life cycle copper must go through in order to be used and reused by consumers.

How to Calculate the Recovery Rate of your Scrap Copper Wire

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Copper is a commonly used material that’s highly conductive. It’s great for electric work in homes and appliances alike. Copper is also a non-ferrous metal, meaning that it contains no steel or iron, so when combined with its relative availability, this metal is worth a lot in the world of scrap recycling. This is why it’s important to know how to calculate your recovery rate for your copper wire before you take it over to a scrap metal yard. That way, you will have a clear idea of how much cash you can expect to receive which can help you make sure you are getting the fairest price for your scrap metal. Here’s