Get to Know Your Steel: 4 Common Types of Scrap Steel

Want an interesting fact for the day? Here’s one of our favorites: steel is the most recycled material on the planet. It makes sense, because steel is found in such a wide range of products that we use in our homes, the cars we drive, job equipment and more. Steel takes relatively little energy to produce, and it has a …

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4 Reasons to Recycle Used Electronics

These days, it seems as though we cycle through more electronics in a few short years than previous generations did in an entire lifetime. Whether it’s time to upgrade to the newest iPhone or replace the tablet that accidentally got dropped into the pool, we upgrade and replace our gadgets to a shocking degree. In fact, the EPA estimates that …

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10 Cool Facts About Aluminum

When you hear the word “aluminum” you probably think of soda cans or the foil you use to cover your leftovers to save for a later meal. You’re not alone in that thinking. Other than knowing it’s a common metal, most people don’t recognize aluminum everywhere they see it—or realize how often they see it. Contrary to what you might …

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Top Reasons to Recycle Construction and Demolition Debris

Recycling at home is one thing—and we can only hope everyone does it already, keeping aluminum, paper material, and plastics separate from the rest of our everyday garbage. After all, most cities offer convenient recycling pickup services, even for apartment dwellers. And some cities—including Seattle, Pittsburgh, and San Diego—have even made recycling mandatory for both residences and businesses. And of …

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Our Favorite DIY Recycled Metal Projects

Recycled metals (like the kind you can find at our Austin recycling center) provide interesting and versatile materials for all kinds of DIY projects, from art sculptures to more utilitarian structures like shelving or tables. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your next art piece or just want some ideas for how to recycle your own metal materials in your …

Industrial Demolition 101: What to Know About Planning a Demolition Project

While home improvement television shows make demolition projects look fun and easy, the truth is that industrial demolition takes serious planning and time to be completed effectively. Before embarking on a major demolition project, you’ll want to consider all aspects of the project, which we’ve compiled here in our Industrial Demolition 101 guide. Planning Stage Every successful industrial demolition starts …

Our Top 4 Pop Culture Scrap Yard References

As a leader in scrap metal recycling for the past 50 years, we here at Gardner Metals are passionate about our business. And while our facility is much cleaner and more organized than the typical overflowing junk yards you see in the movies, we can’t help but have a fondness for those. We were curious to see how other scrap …

Coolest Metal Sculptures In Austin

Metal recycling isn’t just for car mechanics and junkyard dogs. In fact, some truly impressive works of design, sculpture, and architecture come from the same metal materials that you haul off to your local metal scrap recycler. And here in Austin, where we’re known for our artistic innovation and eco-friendliness, metal is a hot commodity. It’s an eye-catcher, too. Here …

What We Buy: Aluminum

Aluminum—the stuff your soda can is made of—is a pretty amazing metal. It comprises about eight percent of Earth’s land mass and is one of the most commonly used nonferrous (not iron-based) metals around. Aluminum is one of the easiest products to recycle, since it can be melted down and fashioned into new products infinitely. At Gardner Metals, we love …

What Exactly Is Scrap Metal?

Your watch, your belt buckle, the components inside the computer or phone you’re using to read this article: metal is all around us, helping us do everything from storing food to driving around town. But when your watch breaks, your belt wears out or you get a new computer, that metal doesn’t go away. Instead, it becomes scrap: discarded metal …