Berman Brothers & Rubin Iron Works

Berman Brothers
Rubin Iron Works: Established 1914

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Where does scrap metal come from?

If you’re thinking about getting into scrap recycling – as a career, a hobby, or just to clear out some of that old junk around the house – you’d be surprised at the abundance of recyclable metals readily at hand. Metals for which scrap recyclers like Berman Bros. will pay top-dollar.

Scrap car tire rims

Most anything with metal can be scrapped in some capacity. Scrap metal falls in two basic categories, ferrous and non-ferrous. Berman Bros. recycles both, and you can determine which one you have by using a magnet, which will be attracted to ferrous materials. Berman Bros. will accept old aluminum, brass, copper, iron, lead, nickel alloys and stainless steel, among others.

However, when searching for metals to recycle, it is imperative that you have strict permission to obtain the materials. There are some materials that are restricted to prevent theft and illegal activity. Others aren’t allowed in order to maintain quality during the recycling process. Visit our scrap metal recycling information page to determine if your items are restricted or unallowed. When dealing with businesses, consider drawing up a written agreement with business owners to take their scrap and ensure no troubles arise. Most are just happy to have someone carry off the clutter.

Below are some common sources and places to find scrap metals*:

  • Aluminum cans
  • Cars
  • Computers
  • Construction sites
  • Copper cables
  • Electronic devices
  • Furniture
  • HVAC and heaters
  • Jewelry
  • Lighting fixtures
  • Medical devices (walkers, wheelchairs)
  • Musical instruments
  • Obsolete machinery
  • Plumbing materials
  • Repair shop scraps
  • Shooting ranges (bullet casings)
  • Steel shelving/display units
  • Tools
  • Unused bicycles

For more information on accepted materials and current scrap metal pricing in Jacksonville, FL, visit our scrap metal recycling information page.

*As we mentioned earlier, it is critical that you get explicit permission to collect items from a business or construction site (even scraps in a dumpster). Failure to do so could land you in legal trouble!