Metal is a wonderful material to work with. It is sturdy, relatively malleable, and can also be quite beautiful. There are two types of metals: Ferrous and Non-Ferrous. Ferrous metals have iron (Fe) in them while non-ferrous metals do not, but it isn’t just the inclusion or exclusion of iron that makes these two types of metals different. At Anestic Metals, we recycle both forms of metal, but each has it’s own specific uses and functions.

What Is Non-Ferrous Metal Used For?

While ferrous metal is often used for kitchen items and white goods such as sinks, dinnerware, cast iron, wrought iron fences and building components, non-ferrous metals also have similar roles. Non-ferrous metals include precious metals such as gold, silver, and platinum, as well as aluminum, copper, lead, tin, zinc and nickel — all of which are recyclable. These metals are generally used due to their reduced weight and higher conductivity which means products such as wiring components are more efficient. Not only are non-ferrous metals light weight and more conductive, but also non-magnetic and are corrosion resistant. You may have noticed that your cast iron skillet forms rust on it, while your copper pans are looking as beautiful as the day you bought them. This is all thanks to the absence or presence of iron.

Common Functions of Non-Ferrous Metals

Non-ferrous metals play large mechanical and structural roles in our world today. Used in residential, commercial and industrial markets, non-ferrous materials are perfect for adding to finished parts such as cars, household appliances, and even jewelry. These malleable metals can easily be rolled, forged, and cast to fit whatever form the designed desires. Throughout history, previous metals were used for metallurgy and many gold or silver museum pieces you see today are in similar shape to when they were made due to them being less susceptible to oxygen and other environmental pollutants.

Non-Ferrous Metals And Recycling

Non-ferrous metals are used extensively in today’s modern world. From making cookware to soda cans and car parts, these metals are in high demand. As a result of their high demand, it is important to recycle these materials so that they can be re-smelt and re-cast into different items. Oftentimes ferrous and non-ferrous metals can be found within the same object, and when this is the case scrap metal recycling plants can separate the two.

Due to the high demand for non-ferrous metals in the manufacturing and industrial markets, the price for selling non-ferrous scrap metal is quite high! Anestis Metals will purchase scrap metal from both homeowners and businesses so that it can be transformed into new parts in the future. Contact us today to schedule a pickup or feel free to head to our scrap metal yard and drop it off yourself.


Summer is a great time of year to deep clean your house. As you walk through your neighborhood in the morning or evening, you may have seen that quite a few of your neighbors have also decided to purge their house of unwanted items. At Anestis Metals, we believe deep cleaning is a great opportunity for people to regain control of their home and their budget. Here are just a few tips for removing unwanted items.

How to Deep Clean Your Home

  • Take Inventory. First things first: you and your family should all take a walk around your home (include the garage, basement, and attic!) and determine which items are staying and which are going. No need to choose which items to donate and which to toss in this step, simply purchase some colored stickers and mark which items are to be removed from your home. Marking these items in some way prevents confusion for you and the rest of your family and will keep everyone on the same page as far as what is staying and going.
  • Put Items Into Piles. This step will take some time to do, so you will again want your whole family on board. Create three piles: Donate, Trash, and Sell piles. The donate pile will be items that are still in working condition and may be of use for someone; the trash pile are items that you can not fix, donate, or sell. It’s important to further separate this pile into items that can be recycled and those that cannot. Keep in mind that if you have ferrous or non-ferrous scrap metal items (such as cookware, household appliances, yard equipment, etc), Anestis Metals will purchase these from you. The sell pile should be for items that you are hoping to sell online to interested buyers.
  • Contact The Proper Company. In Massachusetts, it’s important to contact your town to determine what you are and aren’t allowed to place on the curb for routine garbage collection. Many towns will not pick up large furniture pieces and appliances. If this is the case, then your best option would be to rent a dumpster. Anestis Metals provides homeowners with 15, 20, and 30 cubic yard dumpsters that are spacious, clean and ready to help you with your item purge.

What To Do With Metal Items

As we mentioned above, Anestis Metals will purchase metal items, including:

We do ask that homeowners first assess whether or not there are flammable fluids or parts within these metal items. We do not take air conditioners or refrigerators with Freon still in them, nor will we take tires, steel cable and general waste.

At Anestis Metals, our goal is to help you clear out your home by providing you with a spacious dumpster for rent as well as pick up any metal items you no longer need and take them to our metal recycling facility. Contact our metal recycling company today to learn more about our capabilities or to rent a dumpster!

Summer is finally here and many homeowners are starting to do some serious home remodeling and junk purging. There’s no better time than now to get these residential projects done and Anestis Metals is here to help you stay efficient and organized throughout the whole process. Not only do we collect scrap metal for metal recycling, but also provide homeowners and businesses with dumpsters for rent.

You may have seen dumpsters dropped off at a neighbor’s house and wonder “Why on earth do they need that huge thing?” Little do you know, there are actually quite a few instances in which you may want to rent a dumpster.

When To Consider A Dumpster Rental

  • Kitchen Remodeling. Kitchen remodeling is one of the best remodeling jobs if you’re looking to improve your home’s value. It may not seem like it before you start your remodeling project, but your kitchen is full to the brim of building materials. from wood floor boards to tile backsplashes to vinyl cabinets and, of course, those bulk kitchen appliances. A 20 cubic yard dumpster is your best bet during this type of remodel as most towns or cities won’t collect these items from the curb during routine garbage collection.
  • Roof Replacement. All those asphalt or slate shingles won’t fit into your tiny garbage bin! Save yourself time and frustration by opting for a 15 cubic yard dumpster for roof replacement projects. Many times, roofing companies will set up a tarp that connects the roof to the dumpster which acts as a slide that they can place roofing shingles on. This speeds up the cleanup process and at the end of the day all of the shingles end up in the dumpster.
  • Landscaping Project. This is one of the most popular summer projects for homeowners. As home values are increasing in the Lowell and greater Boston areas, homeowners are going to great lengths to improve their properties to increase the value even further. One of the easiest ways to do so is improve the landscaping. Planting privacy shrubs and trees as well as installing an outdoor patio or deck can often make or break a home sale. Keep in mind that large-scale landscaping projects will require an equally large dumpster.
  • Junk Removal. Do you have to keep your car in the driveway due to too much junk in the garage? Is your basement stacked with boxes floor to ceiling to the point where it’s a fire hazard? Or perhaps your kids have finally moved out of the house and they don’t need many of their old belongings anymore. Whatever the case may be, if you can’t donate it, sell it, fix it, or re-purpose it — then it’s time to rent a dumpster. A 15 cubic yard dumpster is the perfect size for homeowners who are looking to remove items such as small pieces of furniture, collectible items, small appliances, clothing, toys, and other items.

Whether you’re downsizing and need to purge your home of unwanted belongings or you have a remodeling project to tackle, dumpsters are the most cost effective and organized way to remove unwanted materials and items from your home. At Anestis Metals, we provide homeowners and businesses with 15, 20 and 30 cubic yard dumpsters for rent on a two week basis. Contact us to rent a dumpster today!

China has recently announced that it will be suspending all imports from and shipments to the United States in an effort to crack down on environmental impacts metal recycling has had on China.

Environmental Crackdowns in China

According to Routers, the Chinese customs inspection firm said that from May 4 to June 4, all US scrap metal shipments will be unloaded and thoroughly inspected for plastics and other hazardous waste products that don’t belong in scrap metal yards and metal treatment plants. This imports include shipments by air and sea in order to reduce China’s environmental pollution. Unfortunately, this halt in scrap metal recycling operations has caused serious economic turmoil within the industry as the US is China’s main supplier of copper scrap metal and other sources of scrap metal.

Effects of Month Long Suspension

Luckily the China Certification and Inspection Group stated that this halt is just temporary as China works to find a balance between new environmental laws and continued scrap metal production. Last year alone China imported 5.74 million tonnes copper and aluminum from the US — though this number is continuing to decline as more strict environmental protocols are implemented overseas.

How Anestis Can Help

At Anestis Metal, we are continually monitoring this latest scrap metal news development but are happy to announce that we are still accepting scrap metal in the Lawrence, Lowell and greater Boston areas. Our scrap metal yard takes each haul to a local processing plant so it can be recycled and reused. Our goal is to be as environmentally friendly as possible which means recycling as much metal as possible. We accept everything from copper and aluminum to cast iron and brass. Contact us today to find out the current price for your recycled metal items!

Whether you’re doing some serious spring cleaning, preparing to move out of your current home, or working on a major remodeling project, almost everyone has a need for a dumpster at some point in time. While you might be tempted to throw everything you don’t want into your dumpster, it’s important to understand that certain items should be disposed of differently.

As you read this guide, you’ll learn about five items that should not be placed in dumpsters for one reason or another. Dumpsters are a great resource, but it’s important to use them properly to protect yourself and others.

Items Not to Include in Dumpsters

  1. Electronics – Electronic items, such as old VCRs, televisions, and computers often contain chemicals and metals that are not safe to put into landfills. Some electronics stores will pay you for your used electronics, then make sure they are recycled properly. You can also see if your town has a “Tox-Away Day” event where you can take unwanted electronics to a local facility for recycling.
  2. Painting products – Most people use paint, paint thinner, or stain at some point while they are doing projects around the house. These items should not be placed in dumpsters, but should, instead, be taken to a designated recycling center. If you aren’t sure where to take unwanted painting products in your area, contact your City Hall for information.
  3. Lawn waste – Leaves, branches, brush, and weeds should not be placed in dumpsters. Rather, they should either be composted on your property or taken away by the proper city authorities. Your local street department should be able to point you in the right direction if you don’t know who to contact. Or, if you used a landscaping company to do your yard work, you can ask them if they would be willing to haul the refuse away for you.
  4. Recyclable items – If you care about preserving the environment for future generations, you should care about recycling. It’s important to put glass, cardboard, and any recyclable plastics into your recycling bin, rather than in the trash. This way, they can be sorted and reused to make new items.
  5. Batteries – You should avoid putting any batteries into your dumpster, as the fluid in them can seep into the soil, ultimately harming the environment and putting people and wildlife at risk. Many stores have drop-off bins where shoppers can leave batteries for proper recycling. You can also search online for any alternative battery recycling programs in your area.

By now, you might be wondering what you actually can and should put in your dumpster. There are a lot of items that can safely go in the trash. Foil, styrofoam, and bubble wrap, for instance, are all non-recyclable and need to be disposed of in landfills. Clothing should be donated or thrown in the trash; it will clog the sorting machines at recycling facilities. It’s also important to remember that oil-stained items, such as pizza boxes, need to be thrown away rather than recycled.

Looking for a dumpster for rent in the Lawrence MA area? Contact Anestis Metals today to order a 15, 20 or 30 yard dumpster.

scrap metal in field

As far as recycling is concerned, scrap metal is one of those materials that should always be recycled. Since metal doesn’t degrade, it should be kept out of landfills as much as possible, which means those metal clothes hangers, batteries and small kitchen appliances should be headed to the recycling bin, not the garbage can.

In order to ensure that your scrap metal gets recycled, there are a few instructions and rules that need to be followed in order for our scrap metal collection company to do our job. Just a few minutes of metal recycling preparation can go a long way!

Preparing Scrap Metal for Recycling

  1. The first item of business is to assess whether or not your item in question is at least 50% metal. This can either be copper, steel, aluminum or other metal. Even if there are other materials surrounding the metal — such as plastic or leather — it is still worth recycling if 50% or more is made up of metal.
  2. If you have an item with a small amount of metal, assess whether or not you can detach it from the item. For example, the metal rings from binders can be detached; a necklace that’s metal but the pendant may not be, and so on. If you’re really determined to separate the metal from the non-metal, then it may be useful to have a toolbox so that you don’t damage the parts while trying to disassemble the item.
  3. Next, determine whether or not the scrap metal is ferrous or non ferrous. Ferrous metals contain iron (such as steel) which can rust, while non-ferrous metal is everything else (think copper, gold, silver, etc). In order to check if an object is ferrous, simply grab a magnet. If the magnet sticks to the metal, then it is ferrous.
  4. Reach out to your local scrap metal company such as Anestis Metals to find out more about how much the material is worth to recycle. There are hundreds of scrap metal companies out there, so it’s important to do your research to find one that’s reputable. Don’t forget that there may be a minimum amount of material you’ll need in order to recycle the metal.
  5. Finally, don’t forget that you may need to provide identification. We may ID you in order to prevent people from stealing scrap metal such as road signs and stolen cars. There is also no need to clean your scrap metal — as it will be cleaned during the recycling process.

For questions regarding scrap metal pickup, contact our metal recycling company in Lawrence MA today.

The most common metal we see being picked up are aluminum soda cans. While the 5 cent (or 10 cent) deposit is nice, there are people that routinely collect all sorts of scrap metals from various places. While most of us don’t have much knowledge regarding the different types of scrap metals we see lying around, those who does can take advantage and turn it into money. If you are ever interested in potentially earning a few extra bucks, be on the look out for a few of these common scrap metals.

Here are the four common metals you can sell for cash.

Brass is made by combining copper and zinc. Because of its low friction and acoustic properties, brass is commonly used in musical instruments. Brass is a very durable metal that shines when cleaned and it is often used as decorative metal because it can resemble gold. Brass can often be found in plumbing, radiators, locks, electrical connectors, and even ammunition parts.

Copper is one of the most sought out metals today because almost all scrap yards will accept it. Copper exhibits strong resistance to corrosion and high thermal conductivity. Because of it’s high electrical conductivity, copper has many uses and can be found in many applications including in plumbing, radiators, electrical systems, musical instruments, and coins.

Aluminum is a low density metal that has large variety in commercial use. It is commonly used in the aerospace industry because of it’s low density, strength, and resistance to corrosion in most settings. The most common form of aluminum we encounter on a daily basis are soda cans. Not surprisingly, aluminum soda cans are the most recycled form of aluminum worldwide. Aluminum has the distinct advantage of being able to retain its quality regardless of how many times it has been recycled.

Stainless steel
Stainless steel is the name used that covers a range of steel types that is resistant to corrosion and oxidation. The common ingredients of steel include chromium, nickel, molybdenum, titanium, and copper. Because of its high corrosion resistance abilities, stainless steel is often used in appliances, medical instruments, food processing, and buildings.

If you have any of these four metals or any other metals that you think could be recycled for cash, stop by at Anestis Metals. We have been proudly serving New England for over 80 years for both individuals and corporations. 100% of all our metals at Anestis are recycled and exported to foundries and facilities. Call us at 978-681-6000 or contact us for more information.