Salvaging Scrap Metal During Your Summer Garage Clean-up

With warmer temperatures and vacation time in full swing, you might find you are short of space for those beach toys and the latest camping gear – in your garage! Summer in Kelowna is the perfect time to tackle a garage cleaning project. The garage can easily become a dumping ground for everything from seasonal sports equipment and automotive parts to building materials and tools. As you approach your summer garage clean-up, keep in mind that not everything should be thrown in the garbage—you may have some salvage scrap metal hidden in there!

Copper Wire

Copper wire is one of the most common materials we like to collect at Kelowna Recycling’s scrap metal area. Whether you’ve replaced the electrical wiring in a room or your entire home, you may have copper wire left over. Electricians sometimes charge an environmental fee to have copper wire moved offsite once the job is done—but many of them leave it behind for the homeowners to deal with. But did you know you can recycle scrap metal for cash? Recyclable copper wire varieties include:
  • Bare Bright Copper
  • No. 1 Insulated Copper
  • No. 2 Insulated Copper
  • Copper tech cable/wire
  • Copper Scrap BX Cable

Copper Scrap

If you’ve done any renovations to your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room plumbing, chances are you have copper scrap in your garage. Scrap metal recycling centres like ours will recycle scrap metal for cash—giving you extra pocket money and extra garage space. Types of recyclable copper scrap include:
  • #1 Copper
  • #2 copper
  • Bare Copper
  • Copper/Aluminum Radiators

Aluminum Scrap

Aluminum is a unique metal because of how easy it is to recycle—it can be smelted down and repurposed over and over again! When most of us think of aluminum, we think of beverage cans. And while those are recyclable at your municipal recycling centre, aluminum is also a common material used in construction, HVAC systems, and automotive. When you’re cleaning your garage this summer, keep an eye out for aluminum scrap metal including:
  • metal roofing tiles
  • siding
  • window frames
  • exterior doors
  • vents
  • auto parts
  • bicycle frames
  • wheel rims

Stop By Our Recycling Centre

If you’re wondering where to recycle scrap metal from your summer garage clean-up, visit us today! Contact us today for hours and information on what we can/can’t accept!