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.


Although winter has been lingering along for a bit longer than we all would hope, it is starting to finally feel like Springtime in New England. A Spring pastime in this area of the country is Spring cleaning. A time when you can open up all the windows in your home, air it out, and give your home a good clean down. This is also a perfect time to go through your property and do away with unneeded material that are taking up space around your home and property. And guess what? A lot of these materials you can scrap for extra cash.

Inside-  While you are scrubbing down your floors and counter tops around your home, its a great time to scope out any scrap able materials. Many appliances that are no longer used can be turned in for scrap metal. Old filing cabinets, bathtubs, etc. are a great source of scrap metal. One of the gold mines for scrap metal in New England homes is inside the garage or attic. These places traditionally are where unwanted items go to die. Have an old car that hasn’t been started in a decade in your garage? Give yourself some space and come scrap it at our Lawrence scrap yard.

Outside- Many times outside of your property you can find materials that you can scrap for extra cash. Lawn furniture is a great source for this. Many items that are found on a property are made out of scrapable materials. Iron and steel lawn furniture and decorations in particular are common items that are scrapped. Are you planning to replace old gutters? That is aluminum and scrapable!

At Anestis Metals in Lawrence, Massachusetts we pay cash for our scrap. Curious on what we take or don’t take? Wondering what our current prices are for different scrap metals? Give us a call at 978-681-6000 or stop by our location at 48-50 Medford St. in Lawrence to find out today!

At Anestis Scrap Metal in Lawrence, Massachusetts we see a lot of scrap metal. And just like other scrap metal yards across the United States, the most common type of scrap we see is steel. Steel is the most commonly recycled type of metal all across the US. According to the most recent data available, in 2016 there were 630 million tons of steel recycled across the world. With the Untied States being responsible for nearly 130 million tons itself.

That’s a lot of weight. To put it into perspective, 5 million tons of weight is equal to 715,000 fully grown African Elephants. As we all know, recycling any material is great for the environment. But how does recycling steel stack up to other recyclable materials? According to best estimates from scientists, for every one ton of steel recycled it results in a 1.5 million ton reduction in carbon produced.

At the end of the day it makes sense to see steel being the most commonly scraped metal. Its the easiest metal to recycle compared to its peers, and its the largest produced metal as well.

Looking to join in the steel recycling industry? Contact us today in Lawrence to see what our current prices are for steel and other scrap metals you having laying around. If you have large amounts of scrap metal to process we offer dumpster rentals in increments of 15, 20, and 30 cubic yards.

Anestis Metal is a small family owned and operated scrap metal facility in Lawrence, Massachusetts. While we specialize in the hauling and buying of scrap metal, mostly from commercial facility such as businesses and construction site, our yard is also open to the public to drop off any scrap metal for extra cash. On our blog in the past we have covered what to spend your extra cash from scrapping on to how to use craigslist to find extra scrap metal. Today, we’ll go over something new and great for the community!

Scrapping for Fundraisers

There are many different types of community fundraisers that are run to raise money for local organizations, school groups, and anything other money raising initiative out there. From the age old classics such as bake sales, to people renting out VFW hall’s and throwing a silent auction and buffet and bar to raise money. We’ve come up with a new idea to raise money.

Why not scrap it? That’s right, community organizations looking to raise money for their group  could very easily hit their target goal by throwing a “scrap drive”.  This is a win-win for everyone. Your members can get rid of excess scrap, and with the right amount of people, it will add up.

As a reminder, Anestis Scrap Metal provides hauling of scrap as well. This way your organization can gather all scrap metal at a central location, and we will deal with the removal.

For any questions regarding our scrap metal prices or hauling of scrap, call us at 978-681-6000.

Craigslist can be a powerful tool for scrappers! There are multiple ways you can use the platform to find scarp metal. First off, Craigslist is a free online platform where people can post services their offer, goods for sale, free goods, jobs, homes for sale, apartments for rent, etc. etc. Essentially is it an online community and marketplace. The platform has been around for over 10 years now and used by millions of people everyday.

How Can I Use Craigslist for Scraping?

There’s a few ways you can use craigslist to find scrap metal. First off, we recommend browsing the “for free” section. On this section, people post their unwanted goods for free. Many people post old air conditioners, old metal bed frames, and other types of old furniture. This is an easy way to score free goods that can be scrapped.

Even better, some times independent contractors will post that they are trying to get rid of waste from a job site. They know there is valuable scrap there, but they will add in their other materials they need to get rid of. This is a win-win for both sides. You get free scrap metal, and the contractor doesn’t have to spend time and money to haul away waste from their job.

Lastly, you can post an ad in the services section of craigslist. Here you can target homeowners and contractors. Letting them know you are willing to come take their unwanted goods for free if scrap metal is included.

Final Thoughts

Its important to remember you will have plenty of competition when you are using craigslist. If you want to successfully use the platform to make extra money you should check it frequently. Be polite and professional when you meet up with people as well. You never know who they could refer you too for your next free scrap haul!

With news of earthquakes in Alaska, Hurricanes happening at an alarming rate, and other natural disasters, we have been curious as to how this affects scrap metal markets across the world. Particularity, how this affects scrap metal markets in the U.S. When there is an onslaught of damage to homes, businesses, and properties, one would assume that there would be an excess of scrap metal on the market.

Insurance companies have to pay out multiple millions of dollars in insurance policies, typically they salvage as much as they can from their insured properties to recoup as much money as possible. This would play into the train of thought that natural disasters would lead to an excess of scrap metal on the market.

A Different Reality

The fact is, after a natural disaster, there is actually a shortage of scrap metal, and prices can go up as demand rises. It is very difficult to collect scrap metal after a natural disaster. First, roads and streets are often unpassable. Secondly, the scrap metal can be often mixed in with other goods, such as wood, trees, and debris. The logistics of retrieving this scrap metal make it often too much of a challenge to seperate from the other materials.

Lastly, as the rebuilding process begins, demand for scrap metal skyrockets. Combine all these factors together and you can see that after natural disasters, the scrap metal market is actually in need for more raw materials.

At Anestis Metal in Lawrence, Massachusetts we love working with our individual customers who scrap metal for some extra income during the year. Weather you are a novice to the scrap metal industry, or a seasoned scraper who makes a trip a week, there is also some extra money to make. And don’t forget, we pay cash in hand for scrap metal. So what are you going to do with your extra coin once you visit our location on Medford Street in Lawrence? Here’s what a few seasoned scrapers do:

Save for a vacation:  One of the most popular ways to use your extra money from scraping is to save up for a vacation. We see customers save up throughout the year and treat themselves to an epic vacation. In New England, its a perfect way to escape brutal winters.

Pay off debt:  Let’s be honest. Most of us have some type of debt that we carry around. Weather its consumer credit card debt, student loans, or a mortgage. A great way to get ahead of your debt payments is to take the extra money you receive from scrap metal and  and pay off your debts.

Save for the Holidays:  It seems like every year Thanksgiving and Christmas arrive before we know it. The stress of purchasing gifts for family and friends can be overwhelming. By taking your extra cash from scrap metal and putting away for the end of the year, you can treat your family and friends to stress free gifts!

Special Events: Want to take someone special to the Red Sox game later this summer? Maybe save up for tickets to the Patriots home opener or the next big concert at Fenway? Use your money from scrap metaling to treat yourself!

If you are looking for metal scrap yards in the Merrimack Valley, contact us today for up to date pricing