Nail Recycling

Are nails considered scrap metal?

Yes, nails are considered scrap metal. Scrap metal is any type of metal that can be recycled for use in new products or materials. Nails are made from various metals like steel, aluminum and copper, which allows them to be recycled into a variety of different materials. 

Can iron nails be recycled?

Yes, iron nails can be recycled. It is important to separate the nails from other metals and materials before recycling them as different types of metals cannot easily be sorted together. 

What are the different types of nails that can be recycled?

There are several different types of nails that can be recycled, including steel nails for woodworking and construction, aluminum roofing nails, galvanized roofing nails, drywall screws and masonry fasteners. Steel nails are the most common type of nail used in construction projects and are highly recyclable. 

What are the benefits of recycling nails?

Recycling nails is a great way to reduce the environmental impact of nail production and disposal. Recycled nails can be reused in countless ways, from framing construction projects to creating art. Not only does this process reduce landfill waste, it also reduces the need for new materials and resources. By recycling nails, you help conserve energy and natural resources, reducing the cost of production and disposal. 

What are the risks of not recycling my nails?

Not recycling your nails and other metals can be detrimental to the environment, as they can end up in landfills where they take a long time to break down, releasing toxins into the soil and water. Additionally, when metal is burned, it releases dangerous chemicals like dioxins and furans into the atmosphere.

Can I make money from recycling my nails?

Recycling nails is a great way to get paid, but it’s more than just tossing them in the bin. Factors like hazardous waste can mean extra handling and create small fees for recyclers. Even with a small fee, you’re making the world around you greener and your own life leaner – helping both the environment and economy while decluttering at home. 

Find A Scrap Yard

Cohen operates several public and commercial recycling centers in Ohio and Kentucky.

HAPPY EARTH WEEK! Get paid more for your scrap at Cohen the week of April 22nd.