Christmas Time is Here, New Electronics Everywhere

Yellow Christmas Present Merry Christmas! We wish you all the merriment and cheer this season! This time of year is a time for giving; whether that mean giving our time with family and friends, or the exchanging of presents to promote a sense of cheer and joy. In this day and age, many of the presents we receive have some sort of electrical components attached to it. With technology seeming to change by the minute, this also means receiving a new model of a previous design. From phones to computers to even toys, so much of our daily live are electronic. But this season, instead of letting last year’s model collect dust in the closet, bring it to Direct Metals Recycling, located in Atlanta, Ga, and trade it in for some extra cash!

Why Recycle Electronics With Direct Metals Recycling? 

  • Help the Environment – Much of the electronic waste we produce ends up in our city’s landfills, but these items contain mercury and other toxic materials that can be harmful to the environment. Recycling things like old phones can help reduce the amount of toxins contaminating our water and land, and also reduces the need to strip the earth of more precious metals.
  • Make Some Cash – As we stated before, this a great way to clean out that closet and make a little extra cash! Many of us are faced with sparse wallets and purses this season and a little extra money is welcomed.
  • Secure from Identity Theft – You see it as trash, but someone else might see it as treasure. Discarded electronics is a prime source of identity theft for those seeking to do so. When you recycle you recycle with us, we take steps to ensure each item is wiped clean to prevent any such issues.

2015: At A Glance!

Can you believe that Christmas is next week and new year’s day is shortly after that?? The time sure doesthumbs up fly by! This time of year is often utilitized as a moment to reflect on the past 12 months as far as where we’ve been and what we’ve done. A time to look back and then look forward! Direct Metals Recycling would like to join everyone in this time of refelction and take a look back at some of out favorite blog posts of 2015! If you have missed any of these, be sure to take a look!

Top 5 Blogs of 2015

  1. Basics of Electronic Recycling – A HUGE part of recycling scrap metal, is recycling old or outdated electronics. There are many elements that come along with these devices that are useful for scrapper. If you are new to electronic recycling, learn what you need to start with this post!
  2. Keep Saftey a Priority When Recycling Scrap Metal – Saftey is a key element to scrapping. Learn all of the proper precautions to take for a safe experience!
  3. 3 Tips for Succesful Scrap Metal Recycling – Every scrapper wants to be succesful. Be on your way scrap metal recylcling success with these three great (and essential) tips!
  4. Why Recycling Scrap Metal is Great for the Environment – Not only is recycling scrap metal great for your wallet, but it’s great for the environment! Learn about the good you’ll be doing for the environment in this post!
  5. What to Look for When Scrapping – Anyone can be scrapper, you just have to know what you’re looking for. Discover what you should be keeping an eye out for with this eye-opening blog!

What to Look for When Scrapping!

Hey scrappers! This Tuesday officially kicked off the countdown to the holidays. A time for feasts, family and giving will be here before we know it. Many scrappers this time of year are cashing in on scrap metal recycling to have a little extra funds to buy gifts for family and friends. To maximize this profit, you should know what to keep an eye out for. You might be thinking, “just grab metal objects, it’s not difficult”, and it isn’t. But sometimes things that we see might not jump out at us as a good object to grab. Check out Direct Metals Recycling’s guide to scrap metals!

Not all metals are created equal. In fact, many of the metals that you will find while scrapping will have varying prices attached to it.

  • Some of the less valuable metals will be materials like iron and tin.
  • Midlevel metals will be aluminum, lead and zinc.
  • The metals that are going to bring the most, but are also a bit more difficult to find, will be materials like nickel, copper, cobalt, tungsten and chromium.

So when you are out and about in search of metals to recycle, keep these things in mind while sifting through an area.

Search For:

  • mother boardCar parts – Things like catalytic converters, brake rotors, or car batteries are sought after parts for recycling.
  • Electronic Parts – Have an old phone? Bring it to us for some cash! Mother boards and the components that come with old electronic parts can be a real money maker when it comes to scrap metal.
  • Other – These first two are a major source of what we recycle, but bring anything you might think is of value to us and we will evaluate it for you!

Extra Cash for the Holiday Season

How the time flies around the holiday season. Halloween was just a couple of weeks ago and we are quickly approaching the sweet smells of a Thanksgiving meal. For many, this time of year also signals the scramble to find gifts for all of our friends and family. The gift tab is something that can quickly mount every year, leaving many to wonder where all the money is going to come from. This has happened to all of us, but rather than pick up extra shifts, why not consider selling scrap metal? Gather all of those old phones, electronic wires and scrap metal laying around and bring it to Direct Metals Recycling in Atlanta, GA to make quick extra holiday cash!

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What We Buy

  • E-Scrap – Recycle those old brick phones you have collecting dust in a drawer! Or any other old electronic parts for that matter. Mother boards, old hard drives or adapters; bring it all to us to make a few extra dollars.
  • Car Parts – This one is for you gear heads out there. If you just replaced the rotors on your car, consider selling them to us! We buy many used car parts from catalytic converters to aluminum wheels.
  • Other Scrap Metal – We buy high volumes of non-ferrous scrap metal for a fair price. This includes metals like copper, aluminum and a number of other things. Bring it all down to us, and we’ll trade out that old metal for a bump in your bank account!





Stay Informed with Direct Metals Recycling

staying connected Direct Metals Recycling has been in business of recycling scrap metal for almost a decade now, but our values have been the same since the beginning. We strive to be an active part in sustainable practices for the metal industry, and to offer our customers a quality service for a fair price. Staying in touch with our customers and keeping them informed isn’t always easy. With the constant change the metal industry experiences it can be a difficult undertaking to stay informed. But there is a way!

Check out how you can keep up with us and the scrap metal industry! 

  • Facebook – Like our page and receive the latest of what’s happening in our office! Join the conversation by commenting on our posts or send us messages.
  • Twitter – Follow us on Twitter for more posts and current news from the industry! We invite you to retweet any posts that you like!
  • Google Plus – You can also keep up with us on Google Plus. Leave us a review and see what others are saying about us as well!
  • Our Blog – Stay in tune with what is happening in the scrap metal industry by following our weekly blog!
  • Need more direct contact? Check out our locations that are closest to you!

Why Recycling Scrap Metal is Great for the Environment


Recycling is one of those things that just makes you feel good, and every small contribution helps. When you recycle materials like plastic and paper, knowing that your individual effort is part of a much bigger picture is great motivation. So, why do we recycle? Recycling is an effort to reuse materials that would have previously found their way to ever-expanding landfills. Repurposing materials, like paper, mitigates issues of waste and natural resource consumption. The more paper we reuse, the less trees need to be cut down. Here at Direct Metals Recycling we aren’t in the business of recycling paper, but we are in the business of recycling something a little heavier. Metal. We know why we recycle paper, but why metal?

There is a lot of scrap metal out there. In fact, the scrap metal industry turns more than 130 metric tons of seemingly unusable materials back into useful raw materials annually. From the rotors you just swapped out on your car to old copper piping, scrap metal comes from far and wide. So, other than making a few extra bucks, what are the benefits of scrap metal recycling? Many! Without the repurposing of these metals, a more mining would need to take place and therefore a greater usage of virgin natural resources. Since metals are a nonrenewable resource, recycling couldn’t be more imperative.

Not only does scrap metal recycling aid the issue of an nonrenewable resource, but helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well. It isn’t an obvious correlation, but when we reuse “obsolete” metals the amount of energy expended to manufacture the products is greatly reduced. When you recycle metal, you’re helping the environment!

Is Your Cell Phone as Good as Gold?

Did you know that your old cell phone is recyclable? Most cell phone companies and programs will only pay for newer phones in high demand that can be refurbished and resold or, if you’re lucky and have a popular phone, you might be able to get a couple dollars for it on an online auction site if someone is looking for replacement parts. By the time you find a buyer, package and ship the phone, it has cost you more time and money than you’re getting in return.recycle cell phones

What most people don’t know is that there’s real value in electronics recycling, especially in older devices, even if they are broken and unrepairable. Devices that are outdated cannot be repaired and have no direct value to consumers looking for a cheap replacement. Cell phones and other electronic devices contain valuable scrap metalplatinum, silver, lithium ion, gold – and it takes approximately four cell phones to produce one pound of scrap. Collecting enough to turn in for a profit takes some time and creative digging but can definitely pay off.

Recycling cell phones may not make you rich overnight, but the cash adds up over time. Cell phone batteries have a separate value so it’s recommended that you remove the batteries and cash them in separately. In addition to earning a few extra dollars, electronics recycling keeps these items out of the landfills, ditches and other common dump sites.

For more information about our electronics recycling program or to find a recycling location, contact us at Direct Metals Recycling today.

Scrap Metal Recycling 101

You’ve decided that you want to join in on what over 130,000 other people know to be a solid industry and take part in scrap metal recycling. Whether you are choosing to dive in full time and make a living recycling scrap metal, or you are looking to earn a little extra money to make ends meet or save for something special, it is important that you do a little research in advance before you begin.

Ferrous vs. Non-Ferrous

When just starting out, it is important that you spend a little time identifying the basic differences between which metals are ferrous metals and which are non-ferrous. While some may argue that metal is metal, the scrap yards you choose to work with will be quite specific regarding what items they are willing to accept. We have a few great resources for you to begin to process and build your background knowledge on the differences between ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Check out the following three blogs for assistance in this area:

What is the difference between ferrous and non-ferrous metal?

Steel vs. Aluminum – How Can you Tell Them Apart?

Identifying Scrap Metal Types

LocationsLocations for Scrap Metal in Atlanta

The number one, two, and three rule in real estate is location! We think it is just important in the scrap metal industry. Take some time to look at a map and study the locations of different scrap yards. Keep in mind that Direct Metals Recycling has four convenient locations in the greater metro Atlanta area.


In an effort to keep current on market prices of scrap metal. You will want to do research on a regular basis. Metal prices fluctuate with the economy. Therefore you will not always get the same payout for the same items. Call in advance or search the web for current market prices.

What’s the Difference Anyway?

At Direct Metals Recycling we have noticed a few trends in what types of information people are looking for. By far, our top inquiries often include individuals asking what’s the difference between ferrous and non-ferrous scrap, and what’s the difference between aluminum and steel?scrap metal questions

There is no doubt that within the non-ferrous scrap metal recycling industry a solid understanding of each of these questions is essential. Especially when it comes to determining what you are looking for and what you have already collected.

In an effort to help provide helpful information, we are sharing to of our most popular blog articles to clear up these questions. We encourage you to visit and read through each of the following articles. Additionally, let us know what tried and true tips and tricks you use in the field to get the most return on the investment of your time scrapping.

What’s the Difference Between Steel and Aluminum?

This article includes five simple, or complex depending on the way you look at them, ways to confidently determine if you’ve got steel or aluminum scrap. After all, this may seem like a simple answer at the surface level, but for many of us within the industry we know that you can’t always take a metal for what you think it is at first. After all, looks may be deceiving.

Ferrous Metals vs. Non-Ferrous Metals – What’s the Difference?

If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between ferrous and non-ferrous metals, you are not alone! This is one of the most popular reads on our blog. Since we accept only non-ferrous metals, it is incredibly important that you know the difference if you are planning on recycling metal with us.

We want to hear from you! What other questions do you have for us? Leave your comments below or reach out to us on our Direct Metals Recycling Facebook page.


OSHA and Scrap Metal Recycling

We love working in the scrap metal industry! As a leader in the Atlanta recycling market, we have found that reviewing safety tips on a regular basis is extremely helpful. One resource that provides important information regarding the scrap metal industry is that of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA Facts About Scrap MetalHard Hat

According to OSHA the scrap metal recycling industry in the United States is quite large. Check out the following break down in how much metal is processed in the United States each year:

  • 56 million tons of scrap, including iron and steel
  • Scrap automobiles account for 10 million tons of scrap metal
  • 1.5 million tons of scrap copper
  • Aluminum comes in at 2.5 million tons
  • Lead accounts for 1.3 million tons of scrap
  • 800,000 tons of stainless steel
  • 300,000 tons of zinc

Overall, this accounts for a lot of collecting, sorting, and processing to take finished products and break them down into their separate parts once again. Undoubtedly, this provides quite a bit of risk as individuals come in contact with potentially hazardous chemical elements and partake in heavy lifting.

Industry Injuries

Data from 2001 accounts for approximately 16,000 U.S. workers in the non-ferrous scrap metal industry. The non-ferrous industry reported 3,000 illnesses and injuries among its workers in 2001. Many of these injuries and illnesses were as a result of poisoning, skin diseases, respiratory issues, sprains, strains, cuts, and lacerations.

With these known hazards, we believe that following safety guidelines within the industry is extremely important. We pride ourselves on running a scrap metal recycling business with integrity. Please contact us if you have any questions about safety procedures or today’s current rates for scrap.