10 Items You Can Recycle for Profit

Now that China has placed an import ban on 99% of recyclables that they used to buy from Australia, our country is facing a serious waste management problem. Whilst on the individual level, this may not have a direct or immediate effect on you, it does highlight the value of recyclables and the increasing importance of managing our waste in an ethical manner. In this blog, we thought we’d take a look at 10 items which the average person can recycle for cash. After all, who can say no to turning a profit and doing something good for the planet along the way?

Making money

Scrap metal

Top of the list is of course, scrap metal recycling. Metal Men Recycling accept both ferrous and nonferrous metals in all quantities and conditions. We offer free bins and 24 hour pickup services anywhere in Melbourne.

Bottles and cans

New South Wales, the Northern Territory and South Australia all currently have container deposit schemes where you can exchange containers for payment. The ACT and Queensland will both have schemes established by the end of 2018 whilst Western Australia’s scheme is scheduled to start on 1 January 2019. Victoria and Tasmania on the other hand, currently have no plans to start a container deposit scheme, so unless you want to take an interstate road trip with a boot full of cans, the best thing you can do is lobby the Victorian Minister for Environment and Climate Change, the Hon Liliana D’Ambrosio, whose details can be found here.

Car batteries

Metal Men Recycling accept car batteries and guarantee a fair price for your item.

Old cars/machinery/caravans

Because of their size, vehicles might look like daunting objects to get rid of but it’s really incredibly easy. All you need to do is give us a call on 03 5941 6677 and we’ll organise a time for one of our team to come out and collect your vehicle for free. We’ll pay you a fair price and guarantee our services are a simple and stress free way to dispose of unwanted vehicles in any condition.

Ink cartridges

Ink cartridges from printers are a hot commodity which can be exchanged for up to $15 per cartridge in some circumstances. Companies like QPCA offer free pickup and cash payments in exchange for your old cartridges.


Because electronics like computers and mobile phones have valuable parts which can often be salvaged or refurbished for re-sale, many companies are willing to buy old, non-working laptops and mobile phones for a fair price. Alternatively, many of the big electronics brands like Apple, Dell and Acer have electronics recycling programs where they will exchange your old brands items for a discount on a new model.


Thinking of getting a spring haircut? Before you make an appointment at the hairdressers, take a minute to consider this unusual recycling opportunity. There’s a huge demand from wigmakers for human hair and if you have long, undyed hair, it can be sold for hundreds of dollars. Some companies will buy the hair off you but if you are willing to put in a little time and effort, you can earn significantly more by selling your hair in a niche online marketplace like HairSellon.


The internet is in the midst of a DIY craft craze and that means that corks are in popular demand. eBay is a fantastic place to get rid of your old corks in bulk to crafting fanatics. Corks go for about 10c a piece but can fetch more if they are from a specific winery or a specific variety of wine or a particular vintage. It’s worth doing a little bit of research regarding marketing, packaging and shipping before you make your listing. A word to the wise though, champagne corks aren’t a huge hit on eBay due to their irregular shape.

Stockings and hosiery

Instead of throwing your ripped and pilled stockings into the bin and sending them to landfill, send at least three pairs to Swedish Stockings and they’ll email you a 10% discount code which you can use to buy a new pair of sustainable hosiery.

Lighting waste

Households and businesses who are registered with The Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) are eligible for a rebate if they recycle old inefficient lighting such as halogen lights and fluorescent tubes and replace them with more energy efficient options. This is just one of dozens of activities which businesses and households can undertake in exchange for a Victorian Energy Efficiency Certificate (VEEC) which can then be  sold onto companies who need them for a profit.


5 Ways (Besides eBay) to Get Rid of Your Old Stuff

Moving to a new house? Spring cleaning? Decided to give your living room a makeover? Whilst all of these activities might seem like an opportunity for a fresh start, they also require you to dispose of things that no longer suit your lifestyle. Getting rid of stuff in the consumer age is harder than you might think. Although there are plenty of selling platforms online like eBay and gumtree, they are overcrowded with unwanted items that consumers either aren’t interested in or don’t want to bother with the delivery process and costs. Disposal can be equally difficult as charity organisations are now having to turn away many donations due to oversupply and most councils only allow residents to book one hard rubbish collection (usually limited to just a few square meters) per year.

With seemingly limited options, many people are tempted to dump their unwanted goods which is not only illegal but also damaging to the environment. Happily, there are plenty of other ways to get rid of your old stuff, you just need to know where to go. In this article, we’ve gathered together five alternative ways to get rid of your unwanted goods.

old furniture and appliances

Trade in programs

Good for: Functional and non-functional electronics and appliances

Can I make a profit? You’ll usually be given a discount on a new item

Electronics are full of rare and reusable parts which are in high demand so it’s no surprise that big brands like Apple have a trade in program for their products in exchange for a voucher. Many other companies like HP offer trade in discounts for any brand of computer or printer. Many second-hand appliance dealers in Melbourne also buy up old and even non-functional appliances like air conditioners and washing machines for refurbishing purposes and often offer free pickup.

Social media

Good for: Furniture, homewares, knick knacks, plants, dry goods

Can I make a profit? Depends on the quality of your item- this platform is more useful for trading or simply giving away old items quickly

Whilst Facebook might not seem like the best place to get rid of your old furniture or homewares, recent updates have helped the site evolve from a social engagement platform to a hybridised ecommerce platform. Facebook marketplace is a good place to start if you have something small that you’d like to get a decent price for. If you have something large like furniture or appliances and you are just trying to get rid of them, your suburb’s community page (just search your suburb name in ‘groups’ to see if you have one) or one of Melbourne’s many buy/swap/sell groups have an extremely quick turnaround times and you can sometimes get rid of an item within a few hours.


Good for: precious metals and gemstones

Can I make a profit? Yes!

If you have a large amount of a precious metal that you want to get rid of, a refiner should be your first port of call as they will offer the highest price per weight for your gold or precious stones. Many refiners only buy in bulk but it is worth calling around to refiners in your area to see how they define a ‘bulk’ amount. You may find that your handful of unwanted gold jewellery is enough. Refiners also often accept precious stones like diamonds and will offer a high price per weight.


Good for: Valuables of any sort

Can I make a profit? Yes!

Although they won’t pay quite as high a price for your precious metals, pawnbrokers and jewellers will accept any quantity of jewellery and pay a reasonable rate. Once again, it’s worth calling around to different brokers or jewellers in your area to find out what price they offer for gold and silver, to make sure you get a good rate. Whilst it might be tempting for convenience sake, mail in gold buyers (where you post your unwanted jewellery to them and they transfer the funds electronically) tend to only pay between 10-30% of what the precious metal is worth.

Scrap metal buyers

Good for: Scrap metal of any sort, old cars, caravans, machinery, car batteries, compressors

Can I make a profit? Yes!

Metal Men Recycling are scrap metal buyers in Melbourne who offer free pickup and bin delivery services throughout the city. We accept all types of ferrous and non-ferrous metal in any condition and promise a fair price for whatever you bring us. In addition to metal scrap, we are happy to pick up and pay you for cars, caravans and old machinery as well as car batteries, compressors, wheels and PVC. To learn more about our services, simply get in touch by calling 03 5941 6677.

10 Quick Ways to Earn Money

Spring is here! That means Summer is just around the corner and with it comes Christmas, summer holidays, music festivals and social events of all descriptions. Whilst all of this sounds exciting, it’s a pretty expensive time of year and many people find that come December, they simply don’t have the funds to realise all of their summer plans. If you often find you’re not exactly flush with money come the end of the year, now is the time to start earning a little bit extra on the side. Here are ten ways you can quickly make some money to add to your summer savings fund.

The road to wealth

  1. Garage sale

A tried and true way to earn a little cash whilst decluttering. A garage sale only requires you to shift the stuff you don’t want onto your front lawn, make a few signs and sit outside for a couple of hours. Garage sales tend to work best when they are highly visible or near a high traffic area, are well signposted (put up flyers on the day), and the weather is nice.

  1. eBay

The modern version of the garage sale, eBay has been going strong since 1995 and shows no signs of slowing down. If you want to be a successful seller, upload at least 3 good quality pictures, describe your item clearly, and start the auction at the lowest price you are willing to part with it for. Branded items tend to sell best.

  1. Metal recycling

Our favourite option on this list! Metal recycling is a great way to get rid of your junk in a responsible, environmentally friendly way whilst making some money. As Melbourne’s favourite scrap metal buyers, we accept all types of ferrous and non-ferrous metal in all conditions as well as cars, caravans, machinery, car batteries, tyres, PVC and compressors.

  1. Online surveys

There are hundreds of companies out there willing to pay you for your opinion, some will even pay you just for signing up! Just make sure you do your research about which company you sign up with to ensure they are legitimate and not out to steal your personal information.

  1. User testing

If you’re internet savvy, user testing is a great way to earn a little extra money. User testing requires you to visit a website or an app, complete a series of tasks, and then provide honest feedback on your experience either via email, phone or video link.

  1. Use the online sharing economy

The online sharing economy is a great place to quickly earn cash for doing something you’re already skilled at or have the equipment available. Have a van? Help someone move! Got a spare room in your house? Rent it out to holiday makers on Airbnb! Got an impressive tool collection? Lend them out on Tool Mates Hire!

  1. Re-selling

Reselling small scale products like cans of soft drink or chocolate is a great way to fulfil a need in your office whilst turning a tidy profit. Buy a slab of your workplace’s preferred soft drink or energy drink, and when the 3pm slump comes around, offer easy access to a pick-me-up for $2 a pop.

  1. Busk

For thousands of years, hungry musicians have been taking their music to the streets and creating ambience in exchange for a surprising amount of cash. You can continue in this proud tradition although in 2018, you’ll probably need to apply to your local council for a busking license first.

  1. Promote a local business

Has a new café opened up near where you live? Drop by and offer your promotional services (handing our vouchers, wearing a sign etc.) for a few hours in exchange for some cash. If you have a strong social media following, it may be worth approaching local businesses whose target audience intersects with your followers and offering to promote them online in exchange for money, products or services.

  1. Do your taxes

Obviously, this is no one’s idea of a good time and it does take a few weeks for the money to come through. However, if you never sit down to do your taxes, you’ll never know if you’re entitled to a return!


As scrap metal buyers based in Melbourne, Metal Men Recycling are here to help you with all of your spring cleaning (and profit earning) needs! We offer a fair price for all types of metals in a wide range of conditions. To save you the hassle of driving out to us, we offer free pickup and will even drop off a free bin to put your scrap metal in if you have a lot to deal with. To learn more about what we offer, please call us on 03 5941 6677.

Recycling vs Upcycling: A Guide for Common Metal Household Items

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

Applying any of these principles to your lifestyle will have a positive effect on the planet (and your bank account). However, the benefits that each of the three R’s offer depend on what you’re dealing with, your lifestyle and of course your ability to upcycle. In this article, we’ll weigh up whether it’s better to upcycle or recycle common metal items found around the home.

upcycling vs recycling

What’s the difference between upcycling and recycling?

Upcycling refers to the process of altering or adapting an item for new use without changing it’s form in any significant way. Recycling refers to breaking down an item into raw materials so that they can be used to create something new. For example, upcycling an egg carton might involve using it as a planting tray for seeds or as part of a child’s art project, whilst recycling an egg carton would mean sending it to the pulping plant and breaking down the item so that the plant materials it is made from can be repurposed in manufacturing new paper or cardboard products.

Questions to ask yourself

As we stated in the introduction, whether it is better to upcycle or recycle comes down to the item in question and your needs and capabilities. Here are a few questions to think about when determining which is the better option for your situation.

Do I have an idea?

One of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to upcycling vs. recycling is holding on to items they can no longer use for years with the hope that at some point, they will get an idea and it will be useful for something. This is rarely the case and holding onto things often results in clutter. If you have a metal item that you can’t think of a use for, don’t have an upcycling idea for, or don’t have a present need for an upcycled version of, recycle it.

How good are my DIY skills?

Whilst DIY projects are a huge trend at the moment, take a moment to think seriously about what you are capable of and what the project requires. Working with metal often requires machinery and proper safety gear which can be expensive to acquire and difficult to operate if you haven’t used it before. Be realistic about your skills- just because you have a rusted out washing machine, doesn’t mean now is the perfect time to take up a career in metal sculpture.

Does the item in question have any hazards associated with it?

Sharp edges, rust, electrical components and chemical residue are not uncommon when it comes to scrap metal. If you item has any of these issues, you’ll need the skills to deal with them properly and safely before you proceed with your project. When it comes to things like car batteries or metal chemical containers, it is always better to recycle these at the proper place as the chemicals can leech into the surrounding environment over time as the metal corrodes if the item is not properly handled.

How much time do I have?

Time is another important element to consider. Do you have the spare time required to complete the project. If you think it’s going to take you more than 6 months to complete and you’re not undertaking something significant like rebuilding a car, recycle it.

How much is the metal worth?

Different metals have different values which are also affected by the condition that the metal is in. Copper wiring for example, is extremely valuable in even small quantities and is probably worth trading for a profit rather than upcycling. Iron on the other hand, is not particularly valuable and unless you have an enormous amount of it (like a ship’s worth) it’s probably not worth a lot and could be more valuably used in an upcycling project.

Upcycling ideas for common metal items


Tin cans in particular have diverse upcycling potential and can be used in a number of creative ways without the need for cutting or welding. The soft properties of aluminum make the cans easy to cut and use in craft projects but be careful of the sharp edges.

Bed frame

The sturdy nature of wrought iron bed frames make them ideal for repurposing as tables, shelves, pet beds or even seats. However, keep in mind that most of these upcycling projects do require additional tools and demand a higher level of skill as they are used for practical, rather than decorative purposes.


The weathered quality of old tools make them perfect candidates for garden upcycling projects with almost no tools required!


Piping can be upcycled to fantastic effect as industrial looking furniture, shelving, and railing. Once again, if you plan to upcycle for practical rather than decorative purposes, more sophisticated tools will be required.


If you’ve decided to go the metal recycling route, give our Pakenham business a call on 03 5941 6677. Metal Men Recycling offer 24 hour pickup services and a free bin to dispose of your household scrap.

Metal Men Recycling FAQs

Metal Men Recycling are a locally owned and operated business dedicated to helping businesses and individuals dispose of their unwanted scrap metal. In this article, we run through some of our customers most frequently asked questions about what we do, our capacity to collect and recycle scrap, and how we operate.


Why don’t you offer cash payments anymore?

From May 30th 2018, new legislation prohibits scrap metal traders in Victoria from offering cash for scrap metal. The legislation was designed to ensure that there are transaction records for scrap metal sales, making it more difficult for criminal organisations to use the industry as a source of revenue. We are able to offer fast electronic transfer payments as well as cheque payments.

I have a rusted car sitting in my backyard….can you help?

Yes! We have the facilities necessary to collect old cars of all sizes as well as heavy duty vehicles such as trucks and farm equipment. We also take caravans. Giving us a call is an easy way to declutter your backyard for spring and earn a little bit extra before the festive season.

Do you offer pickup?

Yes! We offer 24 hour pickup services to our clients and will even drop off a free bin in advance for you to put all your scrap in.

What’s the scrap collection process like?

Our scrap metal collection process is extremely straightforward and stress free. You call us up, we arrange a pickup time and drop off a free bin if you require it. A member of the Metal Men team will then drive to you at the appointed time and collect your scrap which will then be sorted and weighed. After this has been done, we’ll pay you either electronically or via cheque- whichever you prefer.

If the metal is rusty, painted or coated can I still trade it in?

Yes! We accept metal in all kinds of different conditions. The condition the metal is in, it’s purity and the amount of processing required to recycle it will determine the price.

What kinds of metal do you accept?

We buy all kinds of ferrous and non-ferrous metals including aluminum, steel, iron, copper, brass, stainless steel, tin and alloys. We accept metals in a wide range of different conditions and will pay a fair price in according to the amount of processing the metal will require to return it to a recyclable state.

Do you accept any other recyclables?

Yes! In addition to our metal collection services, we offer cash for wheels, PVC, compressors and batteries.

Will I be paid a fair price for my scrap?

As an established scrap metal trader with more than 50 years’ worth of combined industry experience in the industry, the team at Metal Men Recycling guarantees a fair price for all types of scrap metal and other recyclables.

Why waste time with a scrap collection company when I can just throw it away?

Trading in your scrap metal has numerous environmental benefits and is a great way to earn a little extra money, it is also a  simple and painless process when you go through Metal Men Recycling. You will only have to deal with one person and we offer a prompt 24 hour pickup service throughout Melbourne. Aside from this, it is actually illegal to dump rubbish in Victoria so if you have something that is too big to fit in the recycle bin and you can’t get your council to pick it up, trading in your scrap is the only other legal option.

Do you have the capacity to take on large scale scrap collection jobs?

Yes! We have a 4 acre scrap yard and a 90 ton weighbridge with easy drive through access. In addition to this, we have all the necessary heavy duty equipment (mobile bailers, excavators, shears, magnets, grabs etc.) to manage large pieces of scrap.

I have some garbage bags of aluminium cans, will you take them?

Yes! We accept aluminum cans and other household scrap metal items. We also guarantee a fair price for whatever you’ve got. Give us a call today to learn more about your trade-in options.

What’s the highest value metal?

Copper and it’s alloys (brass and bronze) fetches the highest scrap price on the market (the price will vary depending on the condition of the copper and it’s purity). Common sources of copper and brass include electrical wiring (this is the purest type of copper scrap and therefore the most valuable), piping, household fittings (such as doorknobs), bedframes and decorative metalwork.


If you have any questions about the metal recycling services Metal Men offer to Melbourne businesses and individuals, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 03 5941 6677.

How to Restore Bronze, Copper and Brass

Without a doubt, bronze, copper and brass are some of the world’s most beautiful metals. With their rich, warm colour and a soft shine, these metals have been used as ornamental decoration for thousands of years. Because of this, it’s not uncommon for us to inherit or pickup copper and brass homewares, cookware, jewellery or decorations in flea markets and second-hand shops. By the time these objects find their way to you, the decades or even centuries of wear have often left their mark on these objects in the form of patina, rendering them almost unrecognisable as the bright, shiny metals they started off as. Happily, it’s not particularly hard to restore tarnished brass and copper to their former glory and in this blog, we’ll be showing you how.

restored brass

What is patina?

A patina is a thin layer of corrosion which forms over many metals as they react to oxygen in the air. Tarnish is known as a ‘self-limiting’ form of corrosion (as opposed to rust) and will only affect the top few layers of metal and forms a kind of seal to protect the layers underneath from reacting.


Patina typically appears as a black or dull grey over the coating of the metal. Whilst this doesn’t sound all that appearing, the patina which appears on these metals as they age are highly prized by antique collectors and can actually increase the value of the item, depending on the type and extent of the patina.


How to remove dirt whilst maintaining the patina

If you have an antique copper or brass object and would like to retain it’s patina whilst removing dust and grime, the best way to do it is with soap and warm water.

  1. First, take a soft paintbrush and use it to brush away any debris
  2. Next, mix soap and warm water in a dish or small bucket (avoid soap containing chlorine bleach as this is corrosive)
  3. Get a soft cloth (like an old t-shirt) and dip it in the soapy mixture before gently wiping down the piece
  4. Once this is done, gently rinse the piece
  5. Dry immediately with a soft cloth

How to remove some of the patina

To remove the patina from brass and bronze:

  1. Mix 1 teaspoon salt, 1 cup vinegar and enough flour to make a paste
  2. Rub onto the object
  3. Rinse and dry

To remove tarnish from copper, make the same mixture but leave out the flour.


How to completely eliminate the patina

If you want to completely remove the patina of an object and return it to near new condition then a commercial copper/brass/bronze cleaner is your best bet.

  1. Rinse your item in warm water and dry with a soft cloth
  2. Rub the copper cream directly onto the item using a sponge or clean cloth
  3. Rinse again and then buff with another clean, soft cloth


Managing verdigris

Another type of tarnish is verdigris. This is a blue or green coloured substance which appears on old copper, brass and sterling. Verdigris is formed from a combination of oxygen, water and environmental pollutants. Whilst it is pretty, verdigris is corrosive and a toxic substance, so if you have it on copper cookware or jewellery, it’s probably a good idea to remove. If left untreated, verdigris will spread to other metal items close by.

To remove verdigris:

  1. Get a tube of cheap toothpaste and a soft toothbrush
  2. Put a little toothpaste on the brush and brush in the direction of the metal
  3. Wipe clean with a soft cloth like an old t shirt
  4. Once you have removed all the verdigris, rinse the item and dry it completely before storing it away


Remember that if you don’t want to keep your brass and copper, these metals have a high scrap value and are easy to trade for a profit with Metal Men. You have the option to bring your metal scrap to our Pakenham location or organise collection for larger items as we offer scrap metal pickup throughout Melbourne. To learn more please give us a call on (03) 5941 6677.


Please note that from 30th May 2018, we are no longer able to pay you cash for your scrap due to a change in Victoria’s scrap metal management laws. We offer payment via cheque or electronically.

Paying Cash for Scrap Metal is Now Illegal in Victoria

From the 30th of May 2018, scrap metal traders operating in Victoria will no longer be able to offer cash for scrap metal. This change is part of a set of Victorian Government reforms designed to crack down on criminal activities and the operation of criminal organisations in the state. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the new legislation and what it means for those wanting to make a profit from scrap metal.

Victorian Parliament

What does scrap metal have to do with crime?

For a number of years now, criminal organisations have taken advantage of Victoria’s loose legislation surrounding cash for scrap metal. Because scrap metal businesses have been able to offer cash in exchange for scrap metal with no questions asked and no paper trail, some criminal organisations have used this industry as a stream of revenue by stealing older model cars and selling them to scrappers for cash.

In recent years, this behavior has been escalating and thefts of older model cars have increased whilst some rogue scrap metal businesses have turned a blind eye to the illegal activities.

What is the new legislation?

Under the new legislation, scrap metal businesses are no longer able to offer cash in exchange for scrap metal. Payments must now be made electronically or via cheque so that there is some documentation of transactions which can be followed up if a scrapped car is found to be stolen.

This simple measure is designed to stop this criminal organisations earning revenue from the sale of stolen vehicles. Scrap metal businesses found to be in possession of an unidentified or stolen vehicle, or with ‘dodgy’ transaction records can face fines of up to $31,000.

Does Metal Men Recycling still pay for scrap metal?

As a legitimate scrap metal business dedicated to helping businesses and members of the public make a profit from their unwanted scrap metal, these changes will have little effect on the way Metal Men Recycling is operated.

We still offer fair prices for a wide range of recyclable metals including copper, brass, aluminum and steel as well as for car batteries and electronic waste.

As a customer of ours, you will now receive payment electronically or via cheque (it’s up to you) and you can expect the same friendly, professional service we have always provided.

If you happen to have some scrap metal that you’ve been meaning to get rid of, please don’t hesitate to drop by our Pakenham location or give us a call on 03 5941 6677. We offer scrap metal collection services throughout the city of Melbourne.

5 Interesting Facts About Iron

Iron is an essential part of our lives. It’s in our tools, our buildings, our food and it is in our blood. It’s an important part of our ecosystem and part of our history. But, how much do you really know about Iron? This week we are testing your knowledge of iron by sharing unusual facts about iron.


Mars is red because of Iron

Mars gets its distinct red colour from iron oxide on its surface. Iron oxide is made from iron and oxygen that is commonly known as rust. The big red planet is really a ball of rust.


We have been using iron for at least 5,000 years

The earliest artefact with iron in it is Egyptian beads dated 3200 B.C. We don’t know the exact period in which iron was first used. Some archaeologists believe it could be even earlier, however, until more is discovered we can only speculate.


We probably first extracted iron from meteorites

The iron from the Egyptian beads dated 3200 B.C. was actually made from a meteorite. So the first iron used was from space! Is was probably a siderites class of meteorite because they are mostly made from iron.


Iron changed the way we farm

The Iron Age marked an era in which the widespread use of iron tools changed the way we lived. Iron made farming tools strong enough to cut through harder soils. The tools meant farming was easier, so people had more free time to create and discover new things.

Iron came from a world meaning ‘Holy Metal’

The word for ‘iron’ came from the Anglo-Saxen word ‘iren.’ Some historians say that the original meaning for ‘iren’ was ‘Holy Metal’ because it was used to make weapons for the Crusades in Europe.


There is a snail that uses iron for its shell.

This ironclad mollusk is called the scaly-foot snail and it lives in deep ocean environments. It absorbs iron in its habitat to create a chain mail like shell made from iron sulphide. The scaly-foot snail is nature’s coolest metal recycler by repurposing iron to make armour.


If you’re looking for ways to recycle any iron you have lying around your home, Metal Men Recycling will take your scrap metal for cash. To find out more about our services get in touch with us by calling 03 5941 6677.

4 Fun Facts About Metal 

What do you know about metal? 

Approximately 75% of the elements in the periodic table are metals. Many metals are strong, shiny and hard and are known for conducting electricity and heat. Metals are also typically malleable. In this week’s blog, we share four fun facts about metal. 


1) There are lots of different types of metals 

There are all sorts of metals. In the periodic table, we see metals that are pure elements. This means they are made out of the same atom, such as iron, gold, silver, and platinum. However, there are also other kinds of metal which you wouldn’t normally think of as metals, such as sodium and potassium.  

2) Many metals are alloys 

Alloys are metals that combine two or more elements. Today, many of the metals we use are alloys. They are also referred to as metallic compounds. Alloys are usually stronger and harder than pure metal. 

An example of a an extremely strong alloy is steel. While there are several different kinds of steel alloys, the most common one is made out of iron and then combined with small amounts of carbon.  

3) Where do you find metal? 

Metal is found inside rocks in mines. These rocks are referred to as ore. To separate the other minerals in the rock from the metal, ore must be heated to incredibly hot temperatures in a procedures known as smelting. 

4) Recycling metal 

Did you know that you can recycle metal?  

The mining of metals is expensive and harmful to the environment. Therefore, it’s essential that we recycle metals once we are done with them. An easy way to do this is to bring your metal to us – at Metal Men Recycling! We provide cash for scrap metal. To learn more or to get a quote, please call us on 03 5941 6677.  

3 Easy Ways to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in 2018 

It might be the end of January but that doesn’t mean we’re done thinking about the year ahead. One way we can all improve the world and feel better about the world in 2018 is by taking care of our planet. So in this week’s blog, we’re sharing three easy ways to reduce, reuse and recycle.  


1) Be proactive and commit to recycling 

While most of us know the difference recycling can make, there’s still a lot more we can be doing to reduce waste. To do this effectively, we need to be educated. Make sure to research the different types of recyclable items your local council accepts. Also, check in your local council by phone or on their website to see if you’re recycling the most you can each fortnight.  

2) Embrace the op shop 

What’s better than discovering a hidden gem for only $2? That’s what op shops offer. And this year, we’re urging everyone to get on board! Not only will your wallet thank you, but the environment will, too. So what are you waiting for? Come on – and get thrifting. 

3) Use sustainable shopping bags 

We’ve all been there. We get to the checkout at the grocery store and realise we’ve left our resuable bags at home. While there’s no use beating ourselves up in these situations, try to make a conscious effort this year to use sustainable shopping bags. Plastic bags are made from petrochemicals which pollute the environment. So say no to plastic bags and embrace the sustainable option in 2018. 


Another great way you can help our planet is by recycling scrap metal. At Metal Men Recycling, we collect scrap metal for cash. To learn more, please call us on 03 5941 667.