Can I Recycle My Metal Signs?

At some point, you may not need your metal signs anymore. All signs get worn out eventually or become unnecessary to you or your business. But what do you do with them then? Many people ask us if they can recycle their metal signs.

YES, you absolutely can! In this article, we’ll take you through the process of recycling your metal signs.

There are TWO categories of metal signs:

Ferrous and non-ferrous are the two different categories of metal signage. If your sign is magnetic, it’s ferrous. If your sign is not, it’s non-ferrous. Simply hold a magnet up to your sign to find out. The one exception here is stainless steel – it’s ferrous but not attracted to magnets. However, you probably don’t have a stainless steel sign, so you don’t have to worry about it.

What is the difference between ferrous and non-ferrous?

A Ferrous metal contains an iron compound, making it magnetic. Simple as that.

If you want to recycle ferrous metal signs:

Ferrous metal signs should be dropped off at a special location. You can visit earth911.com to find a ferrous recycling center near you. Luckily, you don’t need to sort your ferrous metal because all forms of ferrous metal are melted together once recycled. BONUS: Ferrous recycling centers will pay you for your metal signs. Talk about a return on investment!

If you want to recycle non-ferrous metal signs:

Most of your metal signs are probably non-ferrous. Aluminum, for example, is non-ferrous. This means that Alumalite and Dibond are non-ferrous as well since they are made from strong plastic cores covered by aluminum sheets.

The best way to go about recycling non-ferrous metal signs is to call your city’s waste management department and ask about curbside pickup for non-ferrous metals. Many cities require that you use a certain color bag to indicate that a non-ferrous metal is inside.

What if I don’t recycle my metal signs?

Not recycling your metal signs will result in more energy used to create brand new products. You can help the environment by recycling your metal signs AND make money if your signs are ferrous. Need another great reason to recycle your metal signs? Recycling makes your business green and customers love to know that a company cares about more than just the bottom line!

If you have any questions about recycling your metal signs, we can help! Contact us anytime from 9am to 9pm seven days a week.

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