4 DIY Christmas Crafts for the Kids

Christmas is right around the corner, and, whilst it’s a great time to sell your scrap metal to us, we thought we’d take the opportunity to focus this article on sharing with you some of our favourite DIYs you can make with your kids from bits and pieces lying around the house! If you’re looking for a way to entertain your kids during the upcoming Christmas holidays, then these four Christmas crafts will ensure you a day of fun.

1. Bow tie noodle Christmas wreath

This craft is fun and simple, using materials you can find around the house! All you will need is: 

  • Mini bow tie noodles;
  • A white card;
  • Green paint;
  • A paintbrush;
  • Green glitter; 
  • A red ribbon; and
  • A glue gun.

Start by painting your noodles with the green paint and decorating them with green glitter, then, once the paint has dried arrange the noodles in a circle on your white piece of card and use the glue to stick them down. Once they are stuck and dried, tie the red ribbon into a bow and glue it on the bottom of the wreath, enjoy!

2. Handprint reindeer art

This is a great craft that is perfect for decorating cards! You will need:

  • Brown paint; 
  • Your card or some paper; 
  • Googly eyes;
  • Sparkles; 
  • A glue gun;
  • Pom poms; and 
  • Some ribbon. 

Firstly, pour out some paint onto a surface and stick your hand in it. Once your hand is evenly covered, place it onto your card or piece of paper. Remove your hand and wait for it to dry. If you want to add some extra bling, then add the sparkles whilst the paint is still wet. Once it is dry, cut the ribbon into a collar for your reindeer and put it over the base of your thumbprint. 

Stick a googly eye onto your thumb’s knuckle and use a pom-pom for the nose – which will be the tip of your thumb. You can essentially do this to any finger you choose – or even all the fingers, giving them different coloured noses from your thumb (which can be Rudolph).

3. Popsicle stick Christmas ornaments

These popsicle stick ornaments are a fun and pretty addition to your Christmas tree – not to mention easy to make. The materials you’ll need include:

  • Coloured popsicle sticks;
  • Foam sticker stars;
  • Sticker rhinestones;
  • Twine;
  • A glue gun; and
  • A pair of scissors.

Using your scissors, cut the popsicle sticks (we recommend green sticks for these ones) into five different sizes, 1”, 1.5”, 2”, 2.5”, and 3” lengths. For the top of the tree where the piece of twine will go – cut ½” off of another green popsicle stick and, using glue, sandwich the looped twine (which is where it will hang from) between the base stick and the ½” piece.

Next, evenly space out your cut popsicle sticks onto the base stick and use your glue gun to stick them on. Finally, stick on your star and decorate your tree with the rhinestones. Now all that’s left is to hang up your new ornaments!

4. Cupcake liner Christmas tree

For this beautiful Christmas craft, you’ll be turning a cardboard cone into a little homemade Christmas tree! You will need: 

  • Cupcake liners;
  • A cardboard cone;
  • Foam stars;
  • A glue gun; and
  • Sewing pins.

Start by cutting down the side of each cupcake liner and removing the base. Five or six should be sufficient but you may require more or less depending on the size of your cone. Wrap each liner around your cardboard cone starting at the bottom and you’ll start to see your Christmas tree taking shape. Make sure you are securing the ends with either the sewing pins or hot glue gun.

Make sure to cover the entire cardboard cone by adding more strips of the cut-up cupcake liners, overlapping each slightly. For the top of the Christmas tree, roll a small piece of the cupcake liner and pin it to the treetop. Finally, top it off with a foam star. Enjoy your Christmas tree!

Fun metal fact

Did you know that the Eiffel Tower is about six inches taller in the summer than in the winter because steel expands when heated?

Are you looking to sell scrap metal in Melbourne?

If there’s any spare scrap metal you have lying around or old appliances that you’re planning to put out for hard rubbish collection, consider selling it to us here at Metal Men Recycling instead. We can pay you for your scrap metal and recycle it sustainably.

If you’d like to know more about our recycling services, then please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 03 5941 6677. You may also contact us via our online enquiry form.

Summer Recyclables: Starter Guide

Many of the appliances and equipment we use every day contain various types of metal. During summer, some older appliances, such as air conditioners, may be worn out due to overuse. However, instead of chucking them out, bring them into Metal Men Recycling where you can sell your scrap metal for some extra cash. Not only will you be compensated, but you will also help to pave the way towards a greener future. This starter guide will help ease you into the world of scrap metal recycling and let you know what types of items are best recycled during the summer.

Barbeques/outdoor cooking equipment

Almost every Aussie household has a barbeque, in fact, they are a summer essential. Most people find themselves using their barbeque quite a lot over the summer, so, when it comes time to replace it, bring it on over to Metal Men Recycling and sell it to us instead of sending it to the tip. Most outdoor cooking appliances are usually composed of metals such as stainless steel or cast iron – which are both highly recyclable metals. 

Some of the most metal-prominent outdoor cooking appliances are barbeques, grills, and webbers. Due to the natural properties of certain metals, they are easily recyclable and can be transformed into a number of different items – all without the metals losing their defining characteristics. This means kitchen appliances can potentially be infinitely recycled. 

Aluminium cans

Aluminium cans can be found just about anywhere and are items that just get thrown out in many households alongside the rest of the rubbish without a second thought. Aluminium cans are a summer staple – who doesn’t love a coke or sprite by the pool? However, what many people don’t know is that these aluminium cans can be recycled. So next time you are having a can of coke, instead of throwing it out, keep it in a recycling container and sell it with the rest of your scrap metal.

Broken down lawnmowers

With summer’s hot weather attracting the snakes, many people are cutting their long grass more frequently. If you end up overusing your lawnmower and need to replace it, don’t just chuck it out, recycle it! Your lawnmower is made up of many different parts – a lot of which are metal. The blades, for example, need replacing every now and then and can be recycled even if the rest of your mower works fine. By scrapping your old and run-down lawnmower or its spare parts, you’re contributing to a more sustainable future and making a bit of extra money on the side – it’s a win-win.


On those scorching summer days when you just want to stay out of the sun, a great way to stay entertained is by watching television or using your laptop. If you have a television set or phone, then you would know that there are many different parts which contain metal – whether it’s the case of a smartphone or the circuitry within a television. By scrapping your old or out of commission e-waste, you can be paid. This is useful for when you want some quick and extra cash to put towards your next electronic device.

Air conditioning units

Air conditioning units are a true luxury during the summer. However, if you have an older unit that’s been through its paces – using it heavily throughout the summer may send it over the edge. If this happens, bring the unit and its spare parts to a scrap yard such as Metal Men Recycling and we will be able to let you know which parts are and aren’t worth scrapping so you can get a bit of a financial return from it.

Fun metal fact

Did you know silver conducts electricity better than any other metal? However, due to its price, it isn’t used to produce electronic products.

Are you looking to sell scrap metal for some extra cash?

If you’re looking to get some extra cash quickly, then why not consider selling your scrap metal to Metal Men Recycling? Selling your scrap metal is a great way to simultaneously get rid of your scrap metal as well as make a positive impact on the environment. 

Our metal recycling team is passionate about helping you recycle your scrap metal in a simple, quick and smart way. That’s why we offer state-of-the-art weighbridges on-site and easy drive through access so you can unload your summer scrap metal efficiently.

If you’d like to sell your scrap metal for some extra cash, then you can contact us by calling 03 5941 6677 or by filling out the enquiry form that can be found on our website.

6 Incredible Scrap Metal Artists

As scrap metal buyers in Melbourne, we enjoy reading and experiencing the various ways that scrap metal can be used beyond recycling and repurposing. That’s why today we thought we’d take a look at the more creative side of the scrap metal industry and highlight six incredible artists who use scrap metal components to craft gorgeous sculptures and pieces.

1.     John Lopez

John Lopez is a bronze sculptor and welder who chose to pursue scrap metal sculpting after his aunt passed away in a car accident. Moving to his uncle’s ranch, the Western South Dakota-raised sculptor built the fence around the newly erected family cemetery. When he ran out of materials, he used scrap iron. This sparked a move into scrap metal sculpting which allowed him to experiment and continue sculpting and welding but with scrap metal as his chief material. Lopez has since created several incredible bronze sculptures such as the life-sized bison, Dakotah – which was created by first moulding a clay model and then creating a bronze cast. 

2.     Igor Verniy

There is a Russian artist named Igor Verniy who specialises in steampunk and cyberpunk-styled scrap metal sculptures. These aren’t as large as Lopez’ scrap creations, however, but smaller-scale pieces with intricate details and moving components so the sculptures can be posed in various fashions. Verniy concentrates predominantly on small creatures like birds and butterflies. He repurposes a lot of old jewellery, car parts and electronics to bring his creations to life.

He has stated that his love of science (both natural and fiction), as well as engineering and robots, pushed him to pursue such a passion that allows him to marry his fascinations. Verniy studies the animals and their proportions in their natural habitats to gain the best possible understanding of their anatomy before sculpting them. One of his more notable creations is the symbolic dove of peace.

3.     Cem Özkan

Little is known about this Turkish prodigy; however, his portfolio really does speak for itself. Cem Özkan is a young artist who creates absolutely stunning sculptures out of scrap metal. He studied at Anadolu University in Turkey and mainly gravitates towards science fiction sculptures – forming original creations.

4.     Scrap Metal Art Thailand

This Thai-based studio specialises in creating custom scrap metal sculptures with a particular affinity towards pop-culture figures such as Transformers and those from the Predator and Alien franchises. Some of their Transformers are three times as tall as an average human. They’re weatherproof, very sturdy and ship to over 40 countries around the globe.

5.     Tom Hardwidge

Tom Hardwidge is the creator of athrobots – steampunk insect sculptures which he builds in Shropshire, England. Each of these extraordinary sculptures begins as a series of sketches before being crafted using components such as watch movements and other scrap metal pieces. The inspiration behind these creatures comes from a fusion of both nature and unusually formed metal and beaded objects that “fit together in an interesting way”.

6.     J.K. Brown

John Kennedy Brown (known by many as J.K. Brown), aged 36, from West Wales, creates amazing art sculptures from bits of scrap he finds washed up on beaches. His aim when designing and creating his artworks is to reflect the world around him which is why most of his sculptures are of animals. In fact, his most well-known piece is a blue butterfly which he says represents the state of metamorphism. J.K. Brown learnt to weld when he studied sculpting at West Wales School of the Arts. His work has been recognised nationally many times and has featured in exhibitions of international contemporary artists and exhibited in Windsor Great Park, London.

Fun Metal Fact

Metals will react with most other elements, but especially nonmetals, such as oxygen and nitrogen.

Scrap metal buyers in Melbourne

If you’re looking for scrap metal buyers in Melbourne, then look no further than Metal Men Recycling. Metal Men Recycling are your go-to professionals for all your scrap metal recycling needs. We buy all types of scrap metal and even offer pickup services for businesses. We collect both ferrous and non-ferrous metals at your convenience. Get paid by cheque or EFTPOS for being environmentally friendly and recycling metals on your site. 

Contact us today to find out more about our 24-hour scrap metal pickup services, or simply call 03 5941 6677.

Top 7 Strangest Metals (Periodic Table Edition)

Metals are very versatile and can be utilized for numerous applications including construction and all forms of vehicle manufacturing (automobiles, aeroplanes, ships, and railways etc.). They can also be used to produce home gadgets. The most common metals that we see as scrap metal buyers in Melbourne include aluminium, silver, copper, brass, and gold. It’s not always the usual suspects, though, which is why we thought we’d highlight seven of the stranger metals out there that you may come across.

1. Rhodium

Rhodium, number 45 on the periodic table. Rhodium is a hard, ultra-rare metal. It has a silvery-white appearance and boasts corrosion-resistant and chemically inert qualities. Belonging to the family of noble metals, rhodium is one of the rarest naturally occurring metals on planet Earth. Because of this, it is extremely costly to purchase. In 2013, it was selling for USD $925 per 28 grams. It is commonly used in jewellery and catalytic converters in vehicles – whether it be standalone or as an alloy combined with platinum or palladium.

2. Gallium

Gallium, number 31 on the periodic table. At room temperature, gallium is a soft, silvery, glass-like metal. Solid gallium, however, is brittle and a very poor electrical conductor. It is a post-transition metal. Gallium is an unusual metal because of how it reacts. Its melting point (29.76°C) is similar to our body temperature meaning we can melt it by simply holding it in our hands – yet, shatter it like glass when it is a solid. The oddest thing, though, is what happens when it is mixed with other metals. For example, combining gallium with dilute sulfuric acid and potassium dichromate results in a solution that beats like a living heart. Gallium itself is commonly used in a variety of electronic products.

3. Mercury

Mercury, number 80 on the periodic table. Mercury is a transition metal with a silvery-white colour and mirror-like lustre. It is a good conductor of heat and electricity and is a high-density metal. One of its defining properties that makes it so strange is its melting point (23°C). Mercury’s melting point is also coincidentally room temperature making it the only metal capable of melting at room temperature. It is commonly used in thermometers, barometers, and fluorescent lighting and is quite toxic to humans should they be exposed to it by touch or breathing vapours.

4. Ruthenium

Ruthenium, number 44 on the periodic table. Ruthenium is a lustrous and silvery hard metal with a shiny surface – kind of like foil wrap. It is a transition metal that is considered unusual for several reasons including how rare it is. Ruthenium is dubbed ‘the metal that can burn forever’ on account of it being suspected to be the catalyst behind the flames that have burned for over a thousand years in Turkey. Because of this quality, it is looked upon favourably for both oil refining and low-cost solar panels. It is also commonly used in jewellery. 

5. Curium

Curium, number 96 on the periodic table. Curium has a rugged, silvery appearance with a melting point of about 1,340°C (2,400°F) and a density of 13.5 grams per cubic centimetre. It is an actinoid element. Curium is an unusual metal because of how it glows in the dark. Curium is one of the most radioactive metals on the planet. Because of this, it is extremely toxic. It is predominantly used as a power source for electrical equipment during space exploration missions – for example, the x-ray spectrometers in the Mars rovers.

6. Copernicium

Copernicium, number 112 on the periodic table. Copernicium is an extremely radioactive, synthetic element which scientists still don’t know a lot about. As scrap metal buyers, we don’t often see it – and you probably won’t either. That’s because It has only been created a handful of times since its discovery in 1996. It is a transition metal, though is a gas at room temperature. Even so, it is still classified as a metal. This type of metal is quite rare and has no real-world applications at the moment – it is only used in research.

7. Bismuth

Bismuth, number 83 on the periodic table. Bismuth is a brittle, crystalline, white-pink metal. This post-transition metal’s unusual characteristic is how diamagnetic it is. This means that it is repelled by magnetic fields and, in turn, creates a repulsive force that pushes away any magnetic objects near it. If you were to place a magnetic piece of metal in between some Bismuth – it will levitate. It is commonly used as a colourant in cosmetics.


Did you know that approximately 80% of the periodic table is made up of metals?

Looking for scrap metal buyers in Melbourne?

Metal Men Recycling are your go-to professionals for scrap metal pickup. As scrap metal buyers, we can purchase both ferrous and non-ferrous metals at your convenience. Get paid by cheque or EFTPOS for being environmentally friendly and recycling metals on your site. 

Contact us today by filling out the form on our website or by calling 03 5941 6677 to find out more about our 24-hour scrap metal pickup service.

3 Fun Repurposing Activities (Teach your Children)

Teaching your children the importance of recycling is incredibly important as they are the future generation. But recycling doesn’t just stop at putting the correct items in the appropriate bins – or bringing down scrap metal to our recycling plant – it can also include home recycling and repurposing to give items a second lease on life. As a Melbourne-based metal recycling company – we are dedicated to creating a sustainable future for all and there is no better time to do it than now when we are all at home. By the end of these three fun activities, your children will have learnt how to repurpose items instead of throwing them out!

1. Tic tac go

This DIY tic tac go set is the perfect entertainment for your trip to the park and beyond and is incredibly easy to make. For this activity you will need:

  • 10 bottle caps; 
  • A permanent marker;
  • One small sack; and 
  • A ruler. 

First, take your permanent marker and put a big X on five of the bottle tops, then on the other five put a big O. Next, take your ruler and use it to make straight lines on the sack. Make it so there is a total of nine boxes on the sack, creating a grid. Now toss all ten bottle tops into the sack and let the fun begin.

2. Birdfeeder

This birdfeeder costs next to nothing and is something our Melbourne-based metal recycling experts think would look brilliant hanging in the front or backyard. The best part is, to gather the materials all you need to do is dig through your recycling bin! What you’ll need is: 

  • A clean plastic peanut butter jar with a lid; 
  • A lid from a large yogurt container; 
  • A utility knife (be sure to supervise your children and not leave them alone with this);
  • Two bolts/nuts;
  • String;
  • A pair of scissors;
  • Bird seeds;
  • Glue; and
  • Two sticks.

Use your knife to puncture a hole in the middle of the peanut butter jar and the two lids (the holes only need to be big enough to fit the string). Next, sketch out four holes the size of a dollar coin around the jar – this is how the birds will be able to get to the seeds. Place the yogurt lid under the peanut butter jar, double the string and feed it through the yogurt lid, peanut butter jar and peanut butter jar lid.

Tie the bottom end of the doubled string onto the nut below the yogurt lid. Now glue your sticks on the underside of your yogurt lid in a cross pattern (this is for the birds to perch on). Finally, open your lid, empty in the bird seeds and hang the string from a hook and wait for your new feathered friends to stop by for a snack!

3. Hanging planter

Two-litre bottles become beautiful hanging plants in this DIY craft! This is a simple, easy, cheap, and effective craft that the kids will love! All you need for this is: 

  • A two-litre bottle; 
  • Some string; and 
  • A craft knife. 

Cut out a rectangle in the middle of the bottle and poke one hole at each end. Feed one end of the string through one side and the other end of the string through the other side of the bottle. Knot the string at both sides and cut off any excess. Then, fill your bottle with soil and plant your seeds. Use your string to hang it up and watch your flowers grow! You can hang it in your room or outside, it is mess-free and looks stunning!


Did you know that world time periods are often named after the metal used?

Are you looking at recycling metal in Melbourne?

Metal Men Recycling is still operating during the lockdown period and will continue to provide you with streamlined and quality metal recycling solutions in Melbourne. Whether you’re bringing scrap metal to our facility for processing and to take advantage of our weighbridges – or you’re looking to utilise our free 24-hour pickup service – Metal Men recycling has you covered. We provide bins in several different sizes to help you manage your scrap metal loads. For a full list of metals that we buy, please check our website.

If you’d like to get in touch with our experts or find out more about selling your scrap metal to us – then please give us a call on 03 5941 6677. Alternatively, you may also contact us via the form on our website.

The Evolution of Sorting Scrap Metal

Scrap metal recycling has become such an integral part of our society in both an economic and environmental sense. Environmentally speaking, it mitigates the amount of metal that ends up in landfill and expends far less energy when compared to mining virgin ore. Economically, newly recycled and repurposed metal also enables cheaper alternatives to freshly produced products whilst still retaining close to the same (if not the same in some cases) qualities and advantages.

As scrap metal buyers, we relish in the fact that we’re involved in such a forward-thinking industry that’s paving the way for future generations. It wasn’t always an easy job, though, and the industry has made numerous investments in technological advancements over the years that have worked to streamline the scrap metal recycling process. The most notable of which is sorting.

The evolution of sorting

Sorting is arguably the most integral part of the scrap metal recycling process. It’s in this phase where not only all the types of metals are differentiated from each other, but all the individual alloys within the types of metal as well. If metal is not sorted properly to begin with, then the end-result may be contaminated and be unusable as a product.

Once all the types of metal and alloys are sorted they can then be processed and shredded. Manual methods such as using nitric acid to identify copper are no longer the norm. Even the “magnet” test which was used to differentiate between steel and stainless steel is obsolete as there are now over 150 grades of stainless steel – making it difficult for a simple magnet to distinguish them.

XRF and LIBS technology

Sorting manually by hand, though slow and tedious, was feasible many years ago, but, as the world evolved, so too did the metal recycling industry. Modern sorting methods are not only significantly faster and more efficient but also incredibly precise in identifying alloys, grades and types of metal. Handheld smart devices use XRF (X-ray Fluorescence) and LIBS (Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) technology to streamline the sorting process and ensure the most accurate results. 

Whilst XRF uses X-ray technology to accurately determine the type of metal, LIBS uses low-level energy and optical technology. Additionally, fully automated machines that also utilise XRF and LIBS technology are able to achieve an even more effective result. This sort of technology is an exciting showcase of how far the industry has come as well as an indicator of what the future holds.

Improved operations

With the sorting phase being so tightly organised and productive nowadays, it means that other phases in the recycling process are also heightened –  ultimately leading to a more effective and economical supply chain. This results in the newly produced recycled metal being shipped out and used for real-world applications faster than ever before. The technological developments for the sorting phase alone ripple out to the rest of the operation, improving and growing the process.

Environmental advantages of modern sorting technology

Laser methods for automatic scrap metal sorting have the aptitude to save recycling plants large amounts of money. This mechanised automatic laser sorting also has the potential for big economic savings. There are several environmental benefits to the expansive research involved in improving the sorting of scrap metal – the main one of which is that it reduces the amount that goes to landfill

The scrap metal that is discarded into landfills creates significant environmental risks and is a hazard to the soil, air, and water surrounding the landfill. This is because of the toxins, like mercury and lead, contained inside the metals. With this new technology more metal than ever is able to be sorted and recycled – resulting in less of it ending up in landfills which is great for the environment.


Did you know recycling aluminium cans saves 95% of the energy used to make new cans?

Are looking to get into metal recycling in Melbourne?

Whether it’s old cars and their motors or copper piping you’ve found under your house, scrap metal recycling is a great way to earn some money whilst helping to contribute to an environmentally friendly industry. At Metal Men Recycling, we buy all sorts of scrap metal including ferrous and non-ferrous

We offer a 24-hour pick-up service and also have a range of different bin sizes that are available to be sent to your home or business depending on what suits you best. Our helpful and experienced team members are available to help you with any questions you may have regarding scrap metal recycling.

If you would like to contact us, then please give us a call on 03 5941 6677 or you can fill out the enquiry form on our website.

Metals (And Their Common Uses)

Most elements on the periodic table are metals. There are 18 different groups that the elements are categorised into based on their characteristics and 17 of those different groups contain metals. Each group has different properties which make each metal unique for a variety of applications. As scrap metal buyers, we love learning about the different qualities of metal and seeing what newly recycled metal goes towards in the real world. Let’s take a look at some common uses that some types of metal have, shall we?

Group 11

Group 11 includes copper, silver and gold. These metals are often used for the production of jewellery and coins as they are nonreactive. This plays a massive part in why they are the perfect choice for a nice pair of earrings, a two-dollar coin or a nice bracelet – because they don’t corrode or rust easily. Gold is an interesting material as it’s rarely ever used on its own. This is because, in its pure form, gold is too soft and wouldn’t be as durable when made into jewellery. That’s why it’s predominantly combined with other alloys such as silver or platinum to strengthen it.

Group 8

Metals such as iron and stainless steel (an alloy of iron) are often used to build strong free-standing structures such as skyscrapers – in addition to vehicles like ships, cars, trains and trucks. Being as they’re a part of Group eight, they’re very strong – making them the standout choice for industrial purposes. Both of these metals can also be shaped using various metal fabrication machines to bend, cut and puncture them. Stainless steel is also a highly recyclable material that won’t lose its qualities regardless of how many times it’s been recycled – further bolstering its attractiveness for industrial applications. 

Group 13

Aluminium – which is part of Group 13 – is most commonly used in items found around the house such as aluminium foil and cooking utensils. It is also heavily used for beer kegs and in aeroplanes. Similarly to gold, aluminium is not very strong and is quite ductile in its purest form meaning it must be used as an alloy with other materials such as magnesium or copper to strengthen it. 

Like other metals, aluminium is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity meaning you can also find it being used in some wiring. If you’ve got some spare aluminium wiring lying around or in a product you don’t need – consider bringing it down to Metal Men Recycling where our scrap metal buyers can take it off your hands and ensure that it’s recycled properly.

Notable traits of certain metals

  • Copper is good for wiring and is mostly used for that application as it is considered the most conductive and cost-efficient option.
  • Tungsten is the metal with the highest melting point – 3,422 °C – so it is used for the filaments of light bulbs as it can endure the high temperatures without melting.                               
  • Lead is used to make batteries as it is highly reactive (the lead reacts with the sulfuric acid to create lead sulphate which charges the battery).  
  • Mercury is used in clinical thermometers in Australia as it has a high coefficient of expansion meaning the liquid increases in volume when the temperature is increased making it suitable to measure even the slightest change in temperature. In addition to this, mercury is one of two metals (halogen bromine being the other) that remains in liquid form at room temperature – further making it ideal for thermometers.

Metal Fun Fact

Tungsten has a very high melting point of 3,422 °C second to only Carbon with a record high melting point of 3,550 °C.

Are you looking for scrap metal buyers in Melbourne?

A fantastic way to earn some extra money on the side whilst making a positive impact on the environment is by selling your scrap metal at a place like Metal Men Recycling. As scrap metal buyers, we accept all types of scrap metal and will pay you by cheque or EFTPOS for your metal. Our services include:

By selling your scrap to Metal Men Recycling you’ll be actively making your recycling experience 100 times easier as our experts have over 50 years of combined experience.

Get in touch with our friendly team of scrap metal buyers today by calling 03 5941 6677. You may also contact us via the enquiry page on our website.

Scrap THESE Items For Some Extra Cash

Many of the items we use daily within (or even outside) our household actually have a secret material. They contain metal. There comes a time when your favourite kettle or couch you’ve been using since your 20s just needs to go in the bin. However, instead of throwing them out, one thing you can do to help pave the way towards a greener future is to recycle it.

This is where the metal in your appliances and furniture comes in. Items made out of metal are easily recyclable thanks to the material’s natural properties. It can be processed and fabricated again into different forms making it perfect for recycling. There is only one problem, it can be difficult to know which items are best for metal recycling in Melbourne. That’s where this article comes in to shed some light on the matter. 

Household appliances 

Most households generally have a basic set of appliances like a kettle, toaster, washing machine, refrigerator, freezer, sink, and dryer. Whatever appliance you are wanting to recycle, most are usually composed more so of metal than anything else. This means that most of these appliances can be recycled easily. Some of the more metal-prominent appliances are refrigerators, dishwashers, and dryers – also known as whitegoods.

Copper piping or wiring 

Copper wiring can be found in almost every household item and is of great value when recycled properly. In terms of copper piping – your kitchen, laundry, bathroom or anywhere with plumbing for that matter will contain some form of copper piping since most water pipes are made from the material. A good time to recycle your copper piping is during a renovation – instead of throwing out your old extra pipes, you can recycle them!

Sinks and taps

Sinks are most commonly made from stainless steel, whilst taps are predominantly made of brass. These materials can be recycled if you are thinking of replacing them when redoing your kitchen or bathrooms. To recycle your sink or tap you could drive to a scrap metal yard in Melbourne like Metal Men Recycling. We will take your old steel sink for you (and any other scrap metal items you need to get rid of).

Pots and pans

Pots and pans are great for cooking, but, a little known trait is that they’re very easy to recycle as most of them will be mostly made up of aluminium and cast iron. This can come in handy when it’s time to replace your old utensils with new ones.

Vehicles and tools

Not everyone has a personal vehicle but if you do, then you will know there are many different parts – such as the radiator or battery – that can be recycled. Even tools have parts like lawnmowers or leaf blowers contain motors that can be recycled in addition to other components and types of metal. By scrapping your old and run-down vehicles or tools you can get a bit of money for it from the metal parts.


Products such as televisions or computers are items that not everyone will possess, however, if you do – then you should know that several different parts of them can be scrapped for cash at a trusted recycling plant in Melbourne. All the parts of your electronic device are made out of different materials – most of which are varying types of metal. By scrapping e-waste you have no use for – you can get a bit of money from it to put towards your next electronic device and actively help the environment.


Bicycles – the environmentally friendly way to get around town. Many parts of your bicycle will have a metallic shine and lustre, however, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s made from metal. By bringing your bike and its spare parts to a scrap yard such as Metal Men recycling we will be able to let you know which parts of your bike are worth scrapping.

Metal Fun Fact

South Africa is home to the deepest gold mine in the world – Mponeng gold mine – with an operating depth of between 3km and 4km below the surface.

Are you looking to sell your scrap metal for some extra cash in Melbourne?

If you’re looking to get some extra cash quickly, then look no further than Metal Men Recycling. Selling your scrap metal is a great way to earn some extra cash as well as make a positive impact on the environment. With an on-site weighbridge and state-of-the-art sorting facilities, metal recycling in Melbourne has never been so easy!

If you’d like to sell your scrap metal for some extra cash, then please contact us via the enquiry form on our website or by calling our experienced team on 03 5941 6677.

The History Of Metal

There are currently 97 known metals but before the 19th century, only 47 had been discovered and, of these metals, 33 of them were discovered in the 18th century. The seven metals humans had identified and found use for in prehistoric times were called the metals of antiquity. They consisted of gold, silver, copper, tin, lead, iron, mercury.

The metals of antiquity


Gold was discovered around prehistoric times and the Stone Age. It was used for monetary systems. Gold was found by sifting through the sands near rivers and beaches – revealing solid gold particles. During the reign of King Croesus (561 – 547 BC) the first pure gold coins were minted.


Copper was discovered around prehistoric times and was a very significant discovery as all the first tools, weapons and contraptions were made from copper. In northern Iraq, a copper pendant was discovered and is believed to date back to about 8700 BC.


Silver was discovered in approximately 3000 BC and was used majorly for the monetary systems – particularly in the Roman and Chinese Empires. This type of silver were rough-cut pieces known as hacksilver which could be used in trade or to store wealth. In ancient culture, silver could also be used to make jewellery, tableware and objects used in religious rituals. 


Lead was discovered in ancient times and was used for various things such as crafting statues and in paint. Romans used this metal for the production of water pipes and as lining for baths. In fact, one of the oldest known lead artifacts, thought to be 5820 years old, is a statue found at the temple of Osiris on the site of Abydos.


Tin was discovered in approximately 2100 BC and was used as a polish to prevent corrosion as well as an alloy. For example, tin and copper produced bronze through the process of smelting – which involved applying heat to two materials in order to melt them into their liquid form. In this case – the tin and copper would mix together to form liquid bronze – which was then cooled to create the metal.


Iron was discovered around 3500 BC through the process of smelting. This prompted the Iron Age at around 1200 BC where the metal was generally used for tools and weaponry.


Mercury was discovered around 1500 BC. Each civilization aware of Mercury (China, Greece, Rome and parts of India) had their legends about mercury ranging from using it as a medicine to a talisman. Mercury was also combined with sulphur to create a reddish mineral which was used as a pigment to colour clothes and towels. It was also used to help fur stick together in felt hats in the 18th and 19th century.

Basic metals and when they were approximately discovered

Other metals

Trans-uranium elements

Metal Fun Fact

Did you know that there are many different types of steel including stainless steel, galvanized steel, and carbon steel?

Are you looking to sell scrap metal in Pakenham?

If you’re looking to sell scrap metal, then you’ve come to the right place. Selling scrap metal is a great way to earn some extra cash as well as make a positive impact on the environment. 

The team here at Metal Men Recycling is passionate about the safe disposal of scrap metal. Our state-of-the-art facility is situated on four acres of land and features a heavy-duty weighbridge. It is also well equipped to support our team in the smart and safe recycling of your scrap metal. We make it our duty to ensure your scrap metal recycling experience with us as quick and easy as possible. 

If you’d like to sell your scrap metal, then get in touch with our friendly team by calling 03 5941 6677. Alternatively, you may contact us via the enquiry page on our website.

Recycled Vs Mined Metal

When global warming and other environmental factors are taken into consideration, citizens of Earth should be doing everything they can to help save our planet. One of the many avenues we can follow to help positively impact the world is metal recycling. Maybe if the people of Earth realise just how beneficial using recycled metal is compared to freshly mined ore, then less metal will end up in landfill and people can take their scrap to scrap yards such as Metal Men Recycling who – as scrap metal buyers – will do everything to make sure your recycling experience is easy, quick and good-natured.

1. Boosts the economy

Recycling metal is a noble and important act that also directly boosts our economy due to all the equipment and manual labour that’s required to keep it running. The metal recycling industry needs people to drop off the scrap, collect and sort it, recycle it, cut it, package it and then ship it. By creating more jobs, more people get paid meaning there is more money being shared around – boosting the economy. A study by the EPA in 2016 found that ferrous and non-ferrous metal recycling combined made up approximately 395,000 jobs in the US and $14 billion USD in wages.

2. Resource preservation

Recycling metal is better than mining because it means we can use just as much metal without ever running out of the material itself. Mining metal ore decreases the Earth’s natural resources – but, by recycling the metal instead of mining it, you can help to preserve the Earth’s metal ore resources and lose no quality in the process. Some examples of metals that can be continuously recycled without loss of quality are aluminium and steel.

3. Reduction of emissions

Global warming is defined as:

The gradual increase in the overall temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere generally attributed to the greenhouse effect caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, CFCs, and other pollutants

Oxford English Dictionary

Undoing the damage we have inflicted on the atmosphere and our Earth will be difficult but we can start by not causing further damage. A great way to start doing this is by reducing the emissions released into the environment from mining. By seeking out scrap metal buyers and recycling metals instead of mining for them we are reducing the production of emissions, protecting groundwater from being polluted and mitigating the number of craters we create in our Earth.

4. Energy usage

Mining resources such as metal ore is a costly job both financially and energy-wise. By recycling your metal instead, you are reducing both the demand for mining and the energy consumption that accompanies it. The energy used to recycle aluminium scrap is only 5% of what would have been the energy used to mine the fresh ore. Reducing the amount of energy needed to produce metal is both cost-effective and energy-efficient making metal recycling the best of both worlds.

Metal Fun Fact

Did you know pure gold is too soft for a lot of things so most gold is combined with other metals to make it stronger?

Are you looking for scrap metal buyers in Melbourne?

Metal Men Recycling believes that the role our facility plays in metal recycling has made a positive impact on the environment not only in Melbourne but all around the world. To continue to make these positive impacts you can just do one simple thing, remember this; if you’re looking to sell your scrap metal and make a profit, then come on down to Metal Men Recycling. 

As scrap metal buyers we’re fortunate enough to be able to buy a wide variety of scrap metal and safely recycle it. Not only is selling your scrap to us a great way to make a profit, but you’ll also be positively impacting the environment. We offer bins in several sizes and can deliver them to you for large scrap metal loads. Additionally, we also offer a state-of-the-art on-site weighbridge that’s rated to 90 tonnes. We buy all types of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal – so, look around the house and yard and be sure to bring down anything metal that’s just lying about.

If you’d like to know more about our services, then please give our experienced and friendly team a call on 03 5941 6677. You can also contact us by filling out the enquiry form found on our website.

What Are The Five Groups Of Metals? (Periodic Table Edition)

Before we delve into the five different groups of metals, you ought to know that almost all of the elements in the periodic table are metals – 91 out of 118 to be exact. These metals can be further classified as alkali metals, alkaline earth metals, transition metals, and basic metals. In today’s blog, we’re going to be exploring the details of these fives groups so you have a better understanding when you’re recycling metal in Melbourne.

The properties of metals

Elements in the periodic table are generally classified as non-metals or metals although some elements have characteristics of both – these are called metalloids, but we’ll talk more about those later.

The properties of a metal include:

  • Lustre – How shiny they are.
  • Malleability – How much they can be bent or shaped without breaking.
  • Conductivity – How well they conducts electricity. 
  • Boiling or melting point – The temperature in which metals melt or boil (all metals aside from mercury are solid at room temperature).
  • Sonorous – Sonorous metals will make a metallic sounds when hit.
  • Reactivity – How reactive metals are with each other.  Most are very reactive although some such as gold and platinum do not react. The reactivity series is a chart that lists metals’ reactivity in descending order.
  • Ductility – How easily they can be shaped into a thin sheet without breaking.
  • Hardness – Their resistance to scratches or abrasions. 
  • Strength – The strength of metals can be measured in 4 different ways:
    • Yield strength – The resistance of permanent deformation;
    • Tensile strength – How much it can be stretched without breaking;
    • Compressive strength – The resistance to compression (being squashed); and
    • Impact strength – The resistance to suddenly applied loads.

Noble metals

These metals are pure, nonreactive, and can’t form compounds. Their non-reactivity makes them perfect for jewellery and coins. Some examples of noble metals include palladium, copper, silver, rhodium, and osmium.

Alkali metals

Alkali metals are very reactive and have low melting points. The alkali metals are named as they are because when they react with water they form alkalies. Alkali metals are soft enough to be cut with a knife. Some examples are potassium, lithium and sodium.

Alkaline earth metals

Found in compounds with many different minerals, alkaline earth metals are harder, have higher melting points and are less reactive than alkali metals (but are still quite reactive). Due to their reactivity – they seldom appear in their pure form. This group includes calcium, magnesium, and barium.

Transition metals

Transition metals are generally the types that we frequently think of when we think of the word metal. Some examples include gold, silver and iron – some of which you may notice are also noble metals. They are hard, shiny, strong and easy to shape. These types of metals are used for several industrial purposes.

Other metals

Other metals (sometimes known as poor metals or post-transitional metals) are generally fairly soft with low boiling points. They are located between the metalloids and transition metals on the periodic table and have various uses. Aluminium is used when soldering, for example as well as to craft utensils whilst lead is used in batteries. Other examples include gallium and bismuth.


As we mentioned earlier, metalloids are elements that hold the properties of both metals and non-metals. For example, silicon is lustrous like a metal – but also quite brittle like a non-metal. There are seven metalloids found in the periodic table and can be found on the border between the metals and non-metals.

Metal Fun Fact

Alkali metals, such as lithium, sodium, potassium, and rubidium are so reactive that they will ignite and even explode if placed in water.

Thinking of recycling metal in Melbourne?

Whilst we all love a good element metal – most of us have a different kind of metal for recycling. Metal Men Recycling specialises in buying your scrap metal in Melbourne – no matter what form it may be! Recycling metal is a fantastic way to make some spare cash on the side as well as mitigate the negative impact on the environment

Is your business looking to offload a large amount of scrap metal? We can provide several bin sizes for free and drop-off/pick-up services so your day-to-day happenings are minimally affected. So, when you’re thinking of recycling your scrap metal in Melbourne – come down to Metal Men Recycling. 

If you’d like to know more about our services, then please don’t hesitate to contact us via our website or give us a call on 03 5941 6677.

Hand Sanitiser DIY

In times like this, good hygiene is imperative, and nothing beats washing your hands. However, if water and soap aren’t available, the next best thing is an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. And, with the recent rise in demand – it’s a good thing that making hand sanitiser at home is easy, simple, and effective. This is definitely something to check out if you’re looking to sell scrap metal as you’ll be handling a lot of different surfaces.


According to Dr Rishi Desai, a former epidemic intelligence service officer within the division of viral diseases at the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this hand sanitiser recipe will kill 99.9 per cent of germs after 60 seconds. 

For this handy DIY recipe, you will need: 

  • 3/4 cup of rubbing alcohol (with a 99 per cent alcohol volume);
  • 1/4 cup Aloe Vera gel;
  • 10 drops of an essential oil such as tea tree oil or lavender oil;
  • A medium-sized bowl;
  • A wooden spoon;
  • A whisk; and
  • An empty bottle (to store your sanitiser).


Pour all the ingredients into your medium-sized bowl, ideally with a pouring spout. Then, mix with the spoon to combine all ingredients. To turn the drippy liquid into a gel – whisk for three minutes or until it thickens. Finally, pour the mixture into an empty bottle and enjoy!

When making hand sanitiser at home you must ensure that you

  • Wipe down the countertops; 
  • Wash your hands properly;
  • Use clean utensils;
  • Make sure the rubbing alcohol is not diluted;
  • Mix all ingredients thoroughly; and
  • Do not touch the mixture with your hands until it’s ready to be used.

The history of hand sanitiser

In 1875, Leonid Bucholz discovered a cleaning agent that was neither soap nor water at what is now the University of Tartu in Estonia. His discovery was the antiseptic properties of ethanol. Of course, with ethanol being a type of alcohol, research on the antiseptic properties of alcohol continued and in 1936 a slightly more complex type of alcohol called isopropyl was proven to be a more effective antiseptic than ethanol. After further research, a company called “Purell” was formed in 1998, which was one of the first companies to sell hand sanitiser.

How to use hand sanitiser

Squeeze out the liquid onto the palm of one hand and rub your hands together. Make sure you rub everywhere thoroughly including in between your fingers. Continue rubbing for 60 seconds or until your hands are dry. We recommend using hand sanitiser after you touch multiple surfaces outside of your home – especially when it comes to amassing all of your scrap metal to sell.


  • Less time is required in comparison to soap and water hand washing.
  • It’s a fast-acting solution that works very quickly to kill microorganisms.
  • Generally more easily accessible.
  • Reduces the number of bacterial counts on your hands.
  • Does not promote antimicrobial resistance.
  • Can be less irritating to skin in some cases compared to washing your hands with soap and water.
  • There are some varieties available that can even improve the condition of your skin.
  • Ideal for group settings where you need to quickly clean your hands but don’t want to leave.
  • It helps combat the spread of disease.

Looking to sell scrap metal?

If you follow all the steps outlined above, then you’ll have yourself a highly-effective hand sanitiser solution that you can make at any time – and you’ll probably need it if you’re thinking of handling scrap metal. 

Metal Men Recycling is still open for business which means you can sell your scrap metal to us. We can purchase a wide variety of scrap metal materials as well as supply you with several bin sizes if you’re looking to move some large loads from your home or place of business.

Take advantage of our multiple state-of-the-art on-site weighbridges and ensure that your metal is sustainably recycled by passionate professionals. By utilising our services, you can actively impact the environment and also contribute to the growing metal recycling industry – as well as make some money on the side.

So, don’t hesitate, make the smart choice and recycle your scrap metal. If you would like to sell your scrap metal to us, then please contact us via the form on our website or call 03 5941 6677 to chat to one of our friendly staff members.