Screw Recycling

What are the most common types of screws?

The most common types of screws are Phillips head, flathead, hex head, socket cap, and self-tapping screws. Phillips head screws have a cross-shaped head with a small indentation that allows for use with an appropriate screwdriver. Flathead screws have a thin top with a flat bottom that’s designed to fit in tight places and can also be used with a screwdriver. Hex head screws have six sides for use with an Allen wrench or other hex-shaped tool; they are commonly used in furniture assembly and on motorcycles. Socket cap screws have a cylindrical shape, allowing them to fit into a pre-drilled hole, while self-tapping screws have a cutting edge on them that allows them to create their own thread in soft materials like wood and plastic. 

What are screws made of?

Screws can be made of a variety of materials, including steel, brass, aluminum, stainless steel, and plastic. Steel screws are the most widely used type because they’re strong and durable. They also come in different grades depending on the strength needed for the application. Although Cohen only recycles metal, learn more about where to recycle non-metal materials.

Are screws scrap metal?

Screws can be recycled as scrap metal depending on the material they are made of. Common materials used to make screws include steel, aluminum, brass, and bronze. 

What are the benefits of recycling screws?

Recycling screws provides several benefits to both the environment and businesses. First, it reduces waste that would otherwise end up in landfills or incinerators. This helps preserve natural resources by keeping materials out of the waste stream and available for reuse. Additionally, recycling screws can help reduce energy costs because less energy is required to manufacture new parts. Finally, recycling screws can help businesses save money on production materials as recycled parts can be much less expensive than new ones. Recycling screws is a great way to reduce waste and conserve resources, while helping businesses stay profitable.

What are the risks of not recycling screws?

Without recycling screws, there is a risk of increased air and water pollution. The production of new screws requires the extraction of raw materials such as steel and aluminum, which can be damaging to the environment if not done responsibly. Additionally, manufacturing processes also release pollutants that may have an adverse impact on local ecosystems.

Can I make money from recycling my screws?

Recycling screws 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.