How Does Scrap Metal Removal or Pickup Work?

You are probably familiar with this iconic moment from the movie Jaws: Roy Scheider catches a glimpse of the great white shark they’ve been hunting and utters the line, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” This might be how you feel as you assess the amount of scrap metal you need to remove from your construction site, machine shop or demolition project. 

But do not fear; you are not alone. Plenty of others have found themselves in the same boat. That’s why Gardner Metal Recycling offers solutions to fit your scrap removal needs.

This step-by-step guide will help you know what steps to take and what to expect when you arrange for scrap metal removal or free scrap pickup from Gardner Metal Recycling.

Step 1: Check Your Metals

When taking stock of what needs to be removed, you’ll want to consider the types and estimated weights of the metals your project will create. In order for us to provide free scrap pickup, your amounts should include at least 2,000 pounds of non-ferrous metals like copper, brass and aluminum or 6,000 pounds of ferrous metals like iron, steel and tin.

You should also determine whether your crew will have the time and ability to separate scrap for pickup, or if it would be better to have a team from Gardner come to your site to provide assistance. In addition to removing scrap, we have the equipment and a knowledgeable crew to provide demolition services.

Step 2: Contact Gardner Metals

Once you know how much scrap you have on your hands, reach out to us by phone at 512-872-5927 or on our website. We will provide you with a free quote for how much your scrap is worth. We will also discuss the ways we can remove your scrap metal. These options include:

  • Free scrap pickup. We deliver containers to you to fill for a one-time or ongoing project and pick them up once they are ready to go.
  • Scrap removal. Our team comes to your site to remove your construction or demolition scrap metal. 
  • Demolition and removal. Our team provides demolition of the structure(s) at your site and sorts and removes scrap metal from the site. 

Step 3: Container Drop-Off / Begin Demolition or Clearing

If you’ve arranged to do a free pickup, we will drop off the container(s) that you chose for your project. We offer a variety of containers to fit your needs, including:

  • 20, 30 and 40 yard roll-offs
  • Tall metal containers
  • Steel containers
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Collapsible cages

Some containers can be kept indoors and are lockable if you have valuable or hazardous metals.

For projects where we will be demolishing or clearing your site for you, we will bring our team and equipment to get the job done right. We will sort your metals to ensure you get the best price. Depending on the size of the project, we may be able to remove your scrap on the same day.

Step 4: Container Pickup / Scrap Removal

Once you’re ready for us to pick up your containers or scrap metal, let us know. Within 48 hours we will be ready to collect your items. If you’ve got an ongoing project, let us know if you would like us to bring a replacement container or containers.

At clearing and demolition sites, we will remove all the scrap metal and take it to our yard for recycling. You will only have non-metals left to remove from your site.

Step 5: Get Paid for Your Scrap Metals!

After your scrap pickup or scrap removal, it’s time for the best part: getting paid! We will take your scrap to our yard and take stock of what we’ve collected. If you’ve done a free pickup, we will pay you for your scrap metal. If we have provided additional services like demolition, then your metal scrap prices will be taken off your bill as credits. 

Want to learn more about how Gardner Metal Recycling can help with your scrap metal removal? Contact us today to turn your scrap into cash!