How to Maximize the Value of Your Scrap

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In the scrap and waste management industry, the big question is, how to maximize the value of scrap and the answer isn’t as simple as installing a single machine or as easy as a magic potion. It’s a question that has recycling and scrap management facilities scratching their heads.

So how can we maximize the scrap value? Well, to reap profits you need to put in some investment.

Use Shredders to Prepare the Scrap

Industrial shredders are an essential pillar of the scrap processing industry. In principle, they are used to reduce the size of the scrap so that material handling and further processing becomes convenient.

Although many people associate shredders with paper, industrial shredders are powerful enough to shred a variety of scrap and waste materials including rubbers, plastics, metals, wood, and of course, paper.

Many scrap companies overlook the shredding process to cut costs. In reality, integrating shredders into your scrap processing line increases the value of your scrap by making it easier to be processed.


Use Balers to Compress the Scrap

Baling is perhaps one step that scrap industries just can’t afford to miss. In the recycling of scrap materials, industrial balers are used to reduce the volume of scrap by compressing the waste into compact bales.

Use of industrial balers is imperative for two main reasons: by reducing the volume, handling is made easier and transportation costs are reduced. Furthermore, storing scrap in the form of bales saves space as well.


Although scrap processing industries rely on balers of all sorts, it’s important to know which type of baler is right for your operation. Procuring balers may be costly but there’s always the option of getting used and refurbished recycling equipment.

Use Sorting Equipment to Sort the Scrap

Perhaps the most important process in scrap management is sorting, for the reason that it can be the most value-adding step. Currently, 35% of the total waste in the US is being recycled. Despite people separating recyclables from waste, scrap industries have to rely on sorting.

Why? Sorting is necessary because the scrap requirements vary for different industries. Sorting lines separate recyclables to dispatch them to relevant industries. Sorted scrap is of the highest value because buyers know that they’re getting exactly what they’re paying for.

Of course, installation of sorting lines is not a straightforward process because depending on the space availability and requirements. Crigler Enterprises offers custom design and installation services of sorting lines, separation equipment, and conveyors.

Increasing the value of scrap requires you to utilize the proper waste processing and recycling equipment.

Maximizing your scrap value is an achievable target and we, at Crigler, can assist you. To buy recycling equipment, contact us now!