How to Start Scrapping Metal in Calgary for a Living

Selling scrap metal for a bit of extra cash here and there might seem like a potentially lucrative hobby, but did you know that it can also be a great way to make a living? As long as you know where your effort is best spent, scrap metal recycling in Calgary is a potential avenue towards becoming your own boss. With the help of a trusted Calgary scrap metal recycling facility such as Federal Metals Inc., you too can start scrapping metal for a living.


It is possible to make anywhere from $100-$200 a day with scrap metal and copper recycling in Calgary, though getting to that level may take beginners some time. The work is challenging, but it is also highly rewarding. First, you'll need to know the difference between ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Ferrous metals contain iron, and are far more common. Non-ferrous metals are any metals which are not alloyed with iron. They are not as common and therefore worth a lot more.

To get the highest scrap metal prices in Calgary, you're going to want to collect and sell copper. After copper, you should be looking to collect valuable metals such as brass, aluminum, lead, stainless steel, tin, zinc, nickel, and titanium. It may also be worth your time to collect steel and iron if you can get your hands on large amounts. Though they are classed as ferrous metals, steel and iron are very common and can be sold in bulk for a nice payday.

Old plumbing, electronics, cars, and appliances are fantastic places to begin your hunt for scrap metal. Once you become more comfortable with the process, you can begin branching out and asking around your neighbourhood and at construction sites if anyone has scrap metal that they'd be willing to let you take off their hands. Make a business card and start establishing a network of electronic repair stores, car dealerships, and superintendents. Remember to never remove scrap metal from any property without permission.

When preparing your metal for transport to metal recyclers and suppliers in Calgary, it's important to take some precautions. You'll need to wear appropriate clothing which covers all of your skin, and thick gloves to protect your hands. Lift with your legs, not with your back, and get help when lifting object which are too heavy. Once your scrap is all loaded up, make sure to securely batten it down with tarps and ratchet straps.

Now that you know the basics, it's time to get started, collect scrap metal, and bring it in to Federal Metals Inc. to sell for good scrap metal prices in Calgary. There is no limit on the amount of metal you can bring in, but, before you stop by our facility, make sure you take a moment to look at scraps we accept and what we cannot buy.

A family-owned business, Federal Metals Inc. will be happy to answer any questions you might still have about scrap metal and copper recycling in Calgary. Just visit or contact us to find out more.

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