Tip #1: Be creative in acquiring scrap metal.
There are many places to find and obtain scrap metal for recycling. Those who are uninterested in the potential of making money with this process generally dispense of any scrap metal on community bulk trash days. Once this garbage is set out to the curb, you are free to sort through it, identify valuable metal such as iron, steel, copper, and aluminum. Another idea is to pick up odd jobs. For instance, you can do contract work for local plumbers and HVAC workers to remove old duct work or hot water heaters, for example. Sometimes, items need to be broken down first, so that the important metal can be salvaged, but this can still be a profitable enterprise.
Tip #2: Organize and keep track.
Once you start working out an effective method of obtaining metal, you will need a decent amount of space to keep it sorted and organized. Local recycling plants often dedicate only one day per week for scrap metal turn-in, so work with a partner if you do not have enough property for sorting on your own.
Tip #3: Know where to take your scrap metal.
Your local recycling facility will gladly accept your metal, but you should first call for current market prices. If a specific plant has a higher price by even just a cent, it could make a great difference.