There’s no way around it – when it’s cold out there, the scrap metal recycling business slows down a bit. However, that doesn’t mean you should throw in the towel until spring. We’ve got some insight, advice, and thoughts on how to get through the winter… and earn some of extra cold hard cash.
So, why does the scrap industry slow down in winter? Well (and you probably guessed it), it’s because of the cold! Digging into it deeper, there are a few key slowdown factors that the cold causes.
Factor One: Have You Read the News Lately?
Obviously, there’s a lot going on in the world right now, and our industry has been affected as well. We are taking every precaution, however, to keep both your and our crew safe and healthy during this time.
Factor Two: Less Outside Work
When it’s cold out, many of the industries that create a lot of scrap slow down. There’s less construction, less home renovation, and less home maintenance (plumbing, electrician work, etc) work to go around. That means there’s just less scrap being generated for you to collect.
Factor Three: The Weather
Snow has a number of negative effects on the scrapping industry.
First, it impedes traffic and transportation, which means less people are able to get to their jobs that generate scrap (like above,) and less people are able to bring scrap to the yard.
Second, it sidelines construction and home improvement projects, which means less scrap is being created.
Third, if you’re somehow able to get around, when everything’s covered in snow, including the scrap… how can you find it?
Factor Four: Holiday Season
Less work days = less scrap created. It’s that simple!
Just to be clear – you can still get paid during the winter for your scrap. You don’t want to go into hibernation! But it can definitely be slower, so here’s some stuff you can do in your downtime.
It’s definitely cold out there, but that doesn’t mean you need to stay in all winter. Scrap might be harder to come by, but it’s still out there! When you find it, bring it in and we’ll get you paid.
-The Team at Smith Iron & Metal