Most Common Metal Items to Scrap in Calgary

Did you know just how many different metal items you can sell for scrap to a Calgary scrap metal recycling facility? At Federal Metals Inc. we accept a variety of metals, both ferrous and non-ferrous, and we offer great scrap metal prices in Calgary as well. If you've just completed a project, or if you've just got a lot of excess or dangerous metal lying around, then you should definitely consider recycling it. Here are some items commonly set out for junk pick-up day that should be headed for metal recycling in Calgary instead.


Sealed Units: Sealed units are often found inside of appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioning units, washers, and dryers. They are very heavy, with a steel outer casing and copper winding on the inside.

Copper transformers: Just about any kind of electronic, piece of machinery, or home appliance will have a copper transformer. Copper transformers consist of visible copper winding sometimes partially enclosed by an outer steel casing.

Copper yokes: Copper yokes are a great source of #2 copper wire, which can be found on the inside and the outside of the yoke. They are commonly located on the back of tube TVs.

Insulated copper wire: You'll find insulated copper wire inside large appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, and freezers. It is commonly found in other places in the home as well, such as in extension cords. While you can strip insulated wire for a better price, it will only really be worth your time to do so if you have over 50 pounds of it.

Romex wire: A type of rectangular insulated copper wire, Romex wire will get you a better price because it contains three strands of wire inside.

Electric motors: Any machines or appliances which run on power, such as ceiling fans, yard tools, dishwashers, and microwaves will have an electric motor inside of them, which contains copper coils.

Lead acid batteries: You can find lead acid batteries inside of cars and other machinery. Lead acid batteries will clearly be labelled as such, so check the label if you are unsure.

Aluminum heat sinks: You'll find aluminum heat sinks on the motherboards of desktop computers. Their characteristic protrusion design is unmistakable.

Aluminum/copper radiators: Large aluminum and copper radiators can be found on appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioning units. Before scrapping a radiator, however, you'll have to ensure that all of the Freon inside of it has been removed.

Have Any Questions? Ask Your Calgary Metal Recyclers

Scrap metal recycling is easy once you've got the hang of it, but beginners should speak to their Calgary scrap metal recyclers and suppliers if they have any questions or concerns. For example, you should always exercise caution when dealing with enclosed motors or any item which may contain chemicals. Check with the Calgary copper and metal recycling experts at Federal Metals Inc. before handling an item that you are unfamiliar with.

For any of your questions regarding scrap metal recycling in Calgary, don't hesitate to contact or visit Federal Metals Inc.

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