Summer Recyclables: Starter Guide

By Ali Godden

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.

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