Scrap metal salvaging is an important part of the green movement and one of the largest recycling industries in the country. Island Recycling on Oahu, Hawaii’s largest multi-commodity recycling company, is dedicated to preserving natural resources. They purchase and recycle various types of scrap metal, including aluminum, copper, and zinc.
Here is a guideline to help you identify scrap metal that can and can’t be recycled:
- Aluminum: Aluminum often is painted white but actually is a bluish silver color. If the aluminum object is thin, like a can, you will be able to bend it. Gutters, siding, window frames, and doors are other aluminum pieces that often are recycled.
- Brass: This heavy, yellowish metal is composed of copper and zinc. Items like keys, door handles, light fixtures, and plumbing fixtures often are made of brass.
- Copper: Depending on its condition, copper can range in color from red to dark brown, with possible oxidized areas that appear green. This metal often is found in plumbing, gutters, and electrical wiring.
- Steel: This is one of the most common metals found in homes. It is used in appliances, like refrigerators and water heaters, as well as hardware on cabinets and shelves. Vehicles also are a common source of steel for recycling.
- Radioactive Metal: While most metals can be recycled, there are exceptions. Radioactive metals like uranium, plutonium, and mercury, cannot be recycled. Some objects that contain mercury, including electronic devices like computers and televisions, may be accepted but must be disposed of in a specific manner to avoid leaks and contamination.
When you are ready to get rid of scrap metal lying around your home, contact Island Recycling at (808) 682-9200. You can visit their convenient drop-off locations in Honolulu, Kapolei, and Waianae . Check their website to learn more about materials purchased by this recycling company.