XH moved out a few months ago and I'm cleaning up the garage, shed, and basement, and finding all kinds of scraps of metal that need to be responsibly disposed of. I'm assuming that little things like random nuts and bolts, and wire that needs stripping, and machine parts that have electronics, are best just donated to local folks who do the work of dismantling and sorting them and then sell them for profit themselves. I don't mind donating these things; it would be too much work for me.
But I have some copper pipe/fittings and some brass rods, and I'm wondering if it could be worth my while to take them to the scrapyard myself and see if I can get a few bucks for them. I also have lead flashing from a chimney. Also a cast iron fireplace grate, and a bunch of random steel/iron (magnetic) stuff.
Has anyone sold their small scrap metal for cash? What is worth the effort and what is best just disposed of by giving to someone who has the patience and know-how to sort and recycle it?
I'd love to make $20 on it, or more if I can. Money is super tight and I'd be so happy for a little extra. There is a scrap metals place about half an hour away (where they buy metals by weight). Is copper, brass, lead worth much these days? What do I need to know if I'm going to do this?