How to Start a Scrap Metal Business

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Scrap metal business has three major priorities that should be first looked into before opening for business: the accumulation of scrap metal, the holding area, and the safety measures of the said holding area. Without these three, business may prove futile.

Scrap metal business may go by various monikers: metal recycling business, junk metal business, scrap metal recycling, scrap yard, waste metal recycling center, wrecking yard, breaker’s yard, etc.

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In any case, starting a scrap metal business has a few fundamental rules that you may want to follow. This business is a very hands-on business, where owners and scrap workers work directly with the “product” – sometimes even handling junk and rusty pieces of metal.

Your first priority should be the accumulation of scrap: these are old, unwanted metal pieces that usually come from building supplies, discarded vehicle parts, and other surplus metal materials. Scrap metal is actually a very important commodity – and is usually almost always in demand for both production and recycling. Scrap metal or recycled metal is less costly than pure metal, and the market for scrap metal is expansive.

Scraps can be found almost everywhere – some are given for free, others have to be salvaged from wreckage or demolition sites, and others have to be bought outright. In order to remain competitive, owners of scrap metal businesses try to keep their rates low, and try to sell their scraps high.

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As an owner of a scrap metal business, your second priority should be your holding area or the lot with which to hold all your scraps. Some people call it a scrap yard. Depending on the size and location of your holding area, your business may or may not be open to “browsers” or customers who wish to scan available scrap metal. Some scrap metal businesses allow browsers to walk into the holding area and extract whatever they need, provided that the customers supply their own tools for extraction, and that they waive any liability from personal injury during the extraction process.

Larger scrap metal businesses usually segregate metals by piles according to quality and its recyclable parts. Buyers of scrap metal then “bid” for a specific pile: something like an auction of sorts, where the highest bidder gets the pile he so desires. Sale of scrap metal is always measured by weight, and never per piece or item.

Some scrap metal businesses even have dual purposes. On one hand, they sell scraps to the highest bidders or browsers and the less desired pieces are inevitably sent to smelting companies. In both cases, there is always a fast exchange of money, making this a very lucrative business enterprise.

However, one great major concern, and one that should be the third on your priority list, is safety and security. Obviously, scrap metal holding area poses a lot of risks when it comes to physical injury. Haphazardly placed metal pieces may eventually topple over especially when “browsers” are covering the lot. There is also concerns regarding health and environmental issues – radioactive materials have been found in scrap metal yards before. As the owner of a scrap metal business, you and your people will most likely handle a lot of junk that came from unknown sources. It is best if you have protective gear or at least a contingency measure should something quite undesirable turn up in your holding area.

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  • 1. steve mcdonald said on 9/7/2008
  • 2. Ronald Wainwright Jr. said on 9/29/2008
    I am thinking of starting a scrap metal and or a recycling business.Can I start a business with a relatively small investment and make it grow. What do I need?
  • 3. Adam Adkins said on 12/6/2008
    Hey I've thought about starting a scrap yard, I mostly collect cans and have people save them for me, but I'll collect everything. I was wondering, do you need a license to start a scrapyard? And if I do, where would I go to get one?
  • 4. Jasjeet Singh said on 2/20/2009 10:42:23 AM
    please tell me more relevant details about establishing a scrap business and please tell me the minimum amount of capital to be invested in this business to make it start.
  • 5. Nivesh Agarwal said on 2/25/2009 7:44:39 AM
  • 6. VASI SARWAR KHAN said on 3/6/2009 3:35:04 AM
    sir, I m thinking to start to metal scrap business. But having problem in how to and from where to start. please give me your suggestion.
  • 7. Edy said on 3/6/2009 12:07:57 PM
    hi!! i am interested in starting a scrap yard business but i am having problems in formulating a proper business plan, and to know all the aspects of the business. Like you should contact first like ministry of forestry and stuff like that. So please help me!!!
  • 8. SUMIT RUSTAGI said on 3/7/2009 5:58:36 AM
  • 9. Keitsile Mabe said on 3/11/2009 2:49:00 AM
    Hi, I would really like to start scrap metal business as to how to start and how much do i need, whom to register with and places where i will be able to sell the melted steel. Please if possible supply me with the business plan as this will be the first time starting a business. Also would like to know where to find information on how to differentiate the types of steel. What to do like washing the steel before melting what to be careful of. Please help!!
  • 10. stevin muturi said on 3/20/2009 12:25:34 AM
    i need to know how to start a small scrap metal business. I am along the highway. the area is about 15*20 ft.
  • 11. josh p. said on 3/21/2009 9:44:25 AM
    the problem is that there are no information about this topic on the Internet but i recently came across this site I think its not the best, but at least it has really valuable info, hope that helps you guys
  • 12. jitesh ptel said on 4/3/2009 5:34:24 AM
    dear sir? i really wanna know about scrap business, please send me information about this business.. please.. thank u
  • 13. snipes metal industries said on 4/11/2009 8:28:56 AM
    I want to start my own scrap metal business, how do I get started?
  • 14. krishnan chandran said on 4/12/2009 4:37:49 AM
    dear sir? i want to start a scrap metal business i don't know how to start can u help me how to start the business. please send me information about the business. thank you......
  • 15. Chandra Patl.comel said on 4/22/2009 2:26:19 PM
    Could you please email me the related information about metal scrap business? I will highly appreciate it. My email is
  • 16. jaganathan said on 4/27/2009 5:56:52 AM
    I want to start my own scrap metal business, how do I get started? cell no : +91-9884469900, please guide me ... thanks
  • 17. md rizwan uddin said on 4/29/2009 1:26:36 AM
    I want to start my own scrap metal business, how do I get started? and what's the minimum capital required. please send details to thank u
  • 18. Margi Williams said on 5/2/2009 7:39:18 PM
    My husband's job will end in June and he has decided to start a metal recycling business. Any resources you can provide for his success would be very much appreciated. My email address is
  • 19. shoaib shah said on 5/3/2009 2:27:45 PM
    i wanted to join someone who does the scrap business. if you know someone then please let me know its very urgent and please guide me that how to start this scrap business and how much money will it need and how much time will it take to start this business. please contact me on 9920977345. please do call me its very important. please sir, thanks your obedient shoaib.
  • 20. pankaj said on 5/29/2009 9:05:41 AM
    I want to start my own scrap business. i don't know how to start. please help me. thanks
  • 21. reinaldo altuve said on 5/30/2009 9:22:24 PM
    I just started a few days ago my scrap metal recycling business. I am collecting and stripping cooper from the electronic and electric, I need some information about this matter to keep going in my recycling business.
  • 22. stacey said on 7/1/2009 1:32:53 AM
    Looking to start a small salvage yard out on the small farm of mine. I got a lot of sources of scrap I can get just looking for more info on starting a scrap yard
  • 23. Tosin said on 7/10/2009 6:13:48 AM
    i want to start scarp metal business but haven't got any idea about it. kindly contact me about the necessary requirement of starting and owning a scrap yard. my email address is Looking forward to receiving messages from you about my new business.
  • 24. jenny said on 8/11/2009 4:40:02 PM
    like others i too need to know how much investment is needed for this business and how to start?.....please reply via email. thanks
  • 25. Queeny said on 8/16/2009 6:23:01 PM
    I would like to know all aspects of starting a scrap metal business. I just wonder if it's possible that I buy scrap metals from metal recycling center then trade it. Do I need any license in this case? Could you send me more details? My email address is Thank you!
  • 26. BHUTTA TRADE IMPEX said on 8/31/2009 4:29:25 AM

  • 27. Antoinette said on 9/1/2009 7:46:34 AM
    Goodday,i would like to know in details what is needed in terms of Licenses, capital and on establishing a Steel Recycling company. could you please give your advice on how to start. how to write a Business plan and funding.
  • 28. Carlos said on 9/3/2009 1:34:18 PM
    I have 3 acres of vacant land and I would like to start a scrap metal business and was wondering what type of licenses or permits were needed and how do I get started.
  • 29. Syless said on 9/22/2009 9:19:55 PM
    Hi there, How to register to do the Scrap Metal Business and where and how can i find a yard and what are the terms and conditions we are looking at. How long does it take to set up. My cousin is in Business 3 years in Mauritius, well he is prepared to establish a Company in here. What do you advise I will be in partnership in the Company. Please reply. Thanks
  • 30. john said on 10/7/2009 9:44:44 AM
    why don't you start a job for scarp yard company and when you learn how to do it then open your place up
  • 31. maaz said on 10/11/2009 12:08:18 AM
    i want to know which type of scrap? i want to know all types of scrap and i want to start scrap business.
  • 32. Ahmed Ismail said on 10/15/2009 3:37:33 AM
    I'M LOOKING TO START A SCRAP METAL BUSINESS. I WOULD LIKE INFORMATION ON WHAT IS NEEDED TO START...please tell me more relevant details about establishing a scrap business and please tell me the minimum amount of capital to be invested in this business to make it start. do you need a license to start a scrapyard? And if I do, where would I go to get one? how much investment is needed for this business and how to start?.....please reply via email or contact me on my cell 714-553-8001
  • 33. Ahmed Ismail said on 10/15/2009 3:40:59 AM
    I am also Interested in doing it internationally. Import and export. And if anyone interested please let me know. Again my cell number is 714-553-8001 thank you.
  • 34. Jay Partner Wanted said on 10/17/2009 6:17:28 PM
    Hi there anyone interested in doing a joint venture with a scrap metal business in New Zealnd. please email me i have 16 years experience in the industry and export. but i am lacking funds to do it myself so anyone interested please get in touch.
  • 35. ABUBACKER said on 11/10/2009 1:41:26 AM
    I would like to start a scrap metal business in INDIA in TAMIL NADU. Please give me advise regarding of how to set up and choosing place in TAMIL NADU. Thank You.
  • 36. Bruno said on 11/11/2009 7:09:09 AM
  • 37. crazzzeeej said on 11/11/2009 12:12:24 PM
    I was wondering why all these rag heads and Habibs want to be in the scrap biz? We gave you all the corner stores and convenience gas stations. Then came the hotels. Now you want the scrap biz!???
  • 38. eli khoro said on 11/20/2009 7:44:50 AM
    small town is king william town, eastern cape, south africa, with a small budget R5000.00 tell me how to start and make scrap business a success permanently
  • 39. Jessica Bravo said on 11/21/2009 6:13:00 PM
    I just have a quick question, do I need to have any sort of license or permit to export scrap metal from Florida or anywhere in the USA?
  • 40. SHRIKANT TOSHNIWAL said on 11/29/2009 2:50:27 AM
    how could i know the current rates of steel scrap & whether it acquire from companies & how could i sell to them?
  • 41. Tony Olivas said on 12/1/2009 2:12:06 PM
    I would like to start a scrap metal business in San Diego CA, USA. Any help?
  • 42. Vasudev S Navadiya said on 12/4/2009 8:40:01 PM
    Hi Sir, I want to start the scrap business in metal as well as glass and paper scrap. But I have not any basic idea. So please can you guide us how to start it and market it. Vasudev Navadiya, Auckland, New Zealand. MY contact email is
  • 43. cisse said on 12/5/2009 11:52:16 AM
    Dear Sir. We are end sellers of metal scraps in Guinea Conakry-senegal-dakar and we have our own stock yard and site visit is encouraged. We have in stock at present; Hms 1&2; Used Rails; Copper Scrap; gold dust in large quantity at very good rates. If interested get to us for more details. Thank you, Mr.Ahmed cisse +221-76-490-30-12,,
  • 44. dom jones said on 12/19/2009 6:31:39 PM
    hey dom here i'm seriously thinking about buying a property and starting a small scrap metal yard on the outskirts of a tiny rural town in wairapa. would really appreciate any info on obtaining consents/licensing also whether i have to ask local council for permission and all other criteria to be covered. any help or info would be very appreciated this would be my first real business venture and would love some support and backing. call 0274697890 ask for Dom
  • 45. SABAK ENTERPRISES said on 1/2/2010 5:17:22 PM
    I have a registered scrap-business enterprise which has access or is capable of supplying thousands of tons of scrap-metals, preferably HMS1 to any country or destination. The metals are in Sierra Leone, but am living in Belgium. My email address is and my telephone number is 0032-485057268, 0032-32-977304
  • 46. sarfo naa said on 1/7/2010 9:28:28 AM
    Sir, We are a local gold miner, we have mining concessions here in Ghana. At the moment we have 200 kilo grams of Alluvial gold dust of 23 carats and 94% plus ready for shipment. I will furnish you with more details as soon as I hear from you. E-mail Waiting to hear from you soonest. Regards, Mr.Sarfo Naa, +233-208972673
  • 47. jerry Carr iii beginner adviser said on 1/7/2010 4:17:08 PM
    I am experienced in the scrap metal business. Email me or call 14132976527. If you have funds to start your scrap metal business I can help you! If you are looking for bulk scrap or even import or export trade scrap contact me. If you are looking to buy specific types of metals or even rubber tires. I can facilitate any demand for scrap. I currently have electric motor scrap $24,000 CIF to your port. Hurry this is a volatile market and prices adjust daily. If you want to make me offer on the $24,000 please no offers under $21,500. That price is per 22 ton container. || Scrap Business Adviser

  • 48. jerry Carr iii beginner adviser said on 1/7/2010 10:26:17 PM
    Hi everyone I just closed a great deal for electric motor scrap. I have an exclusive contract for more than 500 tons of electric motor scrap! I quoted a minimum price of $21,500. Well I have a super deal for you. My new price is $17,000 CIF. that's right $17,000 CIF. You can start your scrap metal business with $17,000. There are buyers willing to pay $4-7,000. More than this price. Yes you can pay $17k today and sell it today and make minimum $4,000! Email your orders now. hurry before the price starts to climb || Scrap Business Adviser

  • 49. Felix lim said on 1/11/2010 10:42:13 PM
    Dear all scrap owner, if you have more than 3000/mt HMS1/2 monthly supply then please contact with me, we can buy large quantities of HMS from any country, if you need help or question please email me at
  • 50. martin wilson said on 1/14/2010 9:03:29 PM
    southwales, uk. i would like to purchase unstripped copper cable in order to strip myself have the stripping machines 07977212915
  • 51. S N Krishnamoorthy said on 1/24/2010 9:55:44 PM
    I would like to venture into scrap metal business in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Those who are in the same business are requested to share the tips and guide me. Thanks
  • 52. hameed said on 2/9/2010 9:25:39 AM
    sir please tell me i want to start a scrap business in andhra pradesh please tell me how much the capital required and explain the busines and where i have to send it please sir
  • 53. fofori beginner adviser said on 2/10/2010 4:06:56 AM
    hello, thank you for your inquiries, i am a scrap buyer and i see that you are looking to start the business you need to have a capital of $200,000.00usd for a starting the business is very lucrative and if you are sure that you want to buy it i can send you the picture of the scrap i have and you choose the one you want to buy. then i will try to come and ship it or you come so that i can come your country to show you how to do it. thanks my email || Scrap Business Expert

  • 54. Nehal shah said on 2/13/2010 4:41:25 PM
    Toronto, Canada I want to start scrap metal trading business, i am located at Toronto, canada so please send me a relevant business
  • 55. Dave Sassman said on 2/14/2010 1:53:06 PM
    Hi, I own a very large Industrial Plot in the Western Cape Province of South Africa (Robertson) and would like to start/open a Scrap Metal Business there. I contact the Local Authority and was told that I DO NOT need a license to operate such a business. What equipment will I need and what is the suggested workforce compliment? How much money will I need and what kind of a return can I expect?. Kind regards, DAVE
  • 56. M.ABDUL SATHAR said on 2/17/2010 7:22:52 AM
    I Am M.ABDULSATHAR CHENNAI Doing All Type Of Used Cranes & All Type Scraps Buyers & Sellers Commission Agent. If Anybody Buy & Sell HMS1&2, Copper, Aluminum please Contact My E-Mail: Mob:09382198464.
  • 57. Fereidoon Shayesteh said on 2/21/2010 2:35:33 PM
    Philadelphia PA US. I want to start scarp metal Business but i have not enough money for start and I have not holding area. please guide me. Thank you, Fereidoon
  • 58. Elumalai.M said on 2/22/2010 4:27:59 AM
    Chennai, Tamilnadu, India. Sir, i'm going to start a new scrap business, i'm new to this field, i want to shine and expose the business. shall u give me a best idea to develop the business. pls do the needful to me. pls contact me:9840508856. Tanx
  • 59. ali said on 2/24/2010 12:00:54 AM
    ali shah, brooks alberta canada. hi there please guide me i have no clue how i am suppose to start this business
  • 60. John W. said on 2/27/2010 5:43:22 PM
    My friends call me John W. I am in Charlotte, NC & am interested in Scrap metal business. I was in construction & used to sell left over aluminum to these scrap metal shops. I thought that this would make a lucrative business to be in. My question would be how did you get the word out to potential buyers & sellers? I need some guidance in general questions please. Thank you
  • 61. jitesh said on 3/3/2010 8:53:32 AM
    i want to know about the iron scrap business workplace is along and the what is the minimum capital investment required to start business and i have no exp regarding that so can you give me some advise
  • 62. chand muhammad said on 3/7/2010 9:55:20 AM
    sir i want to know about the fresh copper scrap business workplace is along and what is the minimum capital investment requirement to start business so can you give me some advise and also suggest me that how i contact to the company which directly deals in copper. I have a capacity to purchase 1 ton copper every day. Thank You, Chand Muhammad(Meerut), Cont.No +919358466499, +919897722872
  • 63. Barbara said on 3/10/2010 2:08:15 AM
    Dear Sir/Madam, I am having many clients for purchasing and selling of Metal Scrap in India and other European countries. But I am unacknowledged of this business. Kindly advise us suitably for the same.
  • 64. RP said on 3/11/2010 1:23:48 PM
    Dear Sir/Madam, I would like to start a Scrap Metal Business in Brooklyn, NY area, and would like your help as to how to start it, what kind of licenses I need, and how much capital do I need. Any relevant information you can send, will be very helpful and appreciated.
  • 65. Muchiranji Julius said on 3/13/2010 6:32:02 AM
    i would like to start scrap metal business, please advise of any available financing and or partnerships. Masvingo, Zimbabwe
  • 66. chris said on 3/15/2010 5:38:52 AM
    Dear Sir, I have tones of metal scraps including used rail track metal. The material is in Nigeria. I ship both in bulk and container load. If you want a trail order, i can ship that to you. Are you interested to buy?. I wait for your reply thanks. Chris
  • 67. allen jeremy said on 3/17/2010 1:32:31 AM
    Hi, I would like to start a metal scrap trading business here in the United Arab Emirates. I would appreciate it if you could help me with a business plan (sample). Thanks.
  • 68. Gregan said on 3/23/2010 2:21:00 PM
    Hi, I currently live in South Africa, Mpumalanga, Nelspruit. There are a couple of scrap metal recycling businesses in the region, but none of them want to help with the details in starting from scratch. In about 2 months, i will have about R100 000 to start-off with. Can you please give me pointers to start in the scrap metal business? Kind regards, Gregan
  • 69. sara said on 3/25/2010 1:18:33 AM
    I am planning to start my own business for metal scrap, currently located in los angeles, USA, please advice. sara
  • 70. Imran said on 3/26/2010 9:51:49 AM
    Hi, I am from mumbai (India), and like to open my own scrap business or I can join someone who is interested kindly help how to start with minimum capital waiting. Regard's Imran
  • 71. Subhash Panchal said on 4/8/2010 11:38:53 AM
    Hi, I am currently living in Canada and I would like to start a metal scrap trading business here in the Canada. I would appreciate it if you could help me with a business plan (sample). Thanks.
  • 72. Tomorrow said on 4/10/2010 5:26:35 AM
    we want to import the recycling of scrap metal come china! if you can or your friend can do this pls let me know, thank you very much my email:
  • 73. Rob said on 4/11/2010 5:32:31 PM
    I am in south Florida, and would like to know how much money I should expect to make if I start collecting scrap metals, and sell it to a local scrap yard. Please send me information at
  • 74. Musa Jubary said on 4/13/2010 6:03:43 PM
    I am intended to start a business in Canada in HMS i.e. Heavy Melting Steel. Could I have the information how I may start it and what's the minimum requisite fund I need to invest. C/O - Md. Motaher Khaled, 2600 Finch Avenue West, North York, ON, M9M 2G4
  • 75. Musa Jubary said on 4/13/2010 6:06:47 PM
    how do i start a scrap metal business in Higashi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan
  • 76. praveen bhatia said on 4/15/2010 5:53:42 AM
    I would like to know how to measure bulk stock of scrap available with us, its approx 10000 mt ton. Secondly would like to know how to maintain scrap stock so any time can take physical stock as our usage of scrap for production per day is approx 100-120 mt ton, presently we do not have any system to measure and use. Please advise with minimum cost how to maintain. Thanks Praveen Bhatia
  • 77. Parbachan singh said on 4/15/2010 3:05:35 PM
    I am intended to start a business in usa in HMS i.e. Heavy Melting Steel. Could I have the information how I may start it and what's the minimum requisite fund I need to invest. Thank you so much psingh
  • 78. Juan Lopez said on 4/17/2010 11:18:36 AM
    I am super interested in starting a scrap metal business in Texas, and I would like to know what is all that I have to do to accomplish my goal, is there any permits or licenses I need to obtain please help me out I really need some advice.
  • 79. Larry said on 4/17/2010 6:48:19 PM
    I'm from Trinidad and I want to start u a scrap metal business, I would like to establish foreign contacts who buy to forge a partnership. Can you help me or let me know a bout an online forum for such?
  • 80. shoaib subhani said on 4/18/2010 5:52:28 AM
    hi i am shoaib...from INDIA...ANDHRA PRADESH, HYDERABAD..i am seriously interested in starting up my own SCRAP business..i have enough funds to start it..but i dnt have a proper business plan to start it up right away...would really appreciate...if any one can help me out ....and who are interested in partnership...are most welcome...looking forward...for all u guys..for the valuable suggestion...your reply and your guide lines would be most appreciated...regards email id is waiting for your reply...
  • 81. STEVE said on 4/22/2010 9:00:01 AM
    Hello, My name is Steve Uded. am an agent in AMAICO SL LTD. in sierra leone west africa. the end exporter of scrap metals. There is a huge quantity of used rails and hms 1&2 ready for export, I will forward you more pictures as soon as you reply back and indicate your interest in buying them, the price is very good. I will look forward to receive your reply soon. Best Regards, Steve Uded. +232 77 422031
  • 82. Kenneth said on 4/23/2010 5:50:29 PM
    hi my name is Kenneth and i am interested in starting my own scrap metal business in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. I am about to buy a pick-up truck but i need some help in order to start it. Can you provide me with some knowledge in order to do so. Thank you.
  • 83. sachin jain said on 4/24/2010 11:04:02 AM
    hi i am based at NAGPUR geographical centre of india, trying to collect more information on metal scrap trading/ import business pl guide further on this business and opportunities
  • 84. kay said on 4/24/2010 8:51:14 PM
    Hi I'm placed in Toronto, I want to start my own scrap business, tell me from where i can pick up scrap. Thanks u in advance..
  • 85. simon said on 4/25/2010 1:03:03 AM
    hey. My name is simon, now in toronto. i am interested in starting scrap metal trading business in toronto. could you please tell me some information about the metal scrap at details. attaching marketing plan will be appreciated. my contact method is :
  • 86. LOUIE said on 4/29/2010 11:31:48 AM
    Hi i live in Melbourne, Australia. What do i need to start this business, Please write me in details about the tools i need and the investment , and the permits and licenses needed, Thanks a lot Hope to hear from u soon. Cheers
  • 87. hankim said on 5/4/2010 8:32:45 PM
    I looking for scrap copper 20m/ton per month, origin u.s.a. thank you. My company location at los angeles, e-mail add;
  • 88. diep said on 5/5/2010 3:06:30 AM
    Hi, i am diep live in san jose, CA. Please teach me how to start scrap metal business and how to get grants, loan with bad credit. Thanks you very much....
  • 89. kumar said on 5/5/2010 9:34:06 AM
    hi sir i want start scrap metal unit and set up cost i am planing to start in india..plz can tell me how much cost total setup cost.
  • 90. Tim C said on 5/5/2010 2:11:10 PM
    I am starting a scrap metal and salvage business in Los Angeles. Here are a few things that I can share that will hopefully help you. Make sure you get information on any permits and licenses that may be required so you can avoid any fines and penalties. Next thing is to find out who are the buyers of scrap metals. This can be done with an internet search using the search words "buyers of bulk scrap metals" many of the sites will list numerous companies and may require you to join their site. Most of them are free to join or have little cost. Contact these buyers either by phone or email and find out their rates and weight requirements. many of them only deal in large quantities either less than truckload or truckloads. Some of these companies will take materials in tons and very few will take the materials in pounds. Once you establish a few buyers you can now figure out how much scrap you will need to collect to be profitable. Another source of sales is metal smelters. Again you can find these online. Many of them buy scrap and are looking for suppliers. This way you can collect your scrap in a shipping container and once filled send it to the smelter without having to have to handle it more than once. Another source is utility companies. Some of them sell salvage and have a process whereby you can bid on their salvage items. Some of this stuff have large quantities of copper, iron and steel. Place ads in small circular publication asking for scrap metal. you can ad value offering a pick up service. many people have scrap but no way of getting it to a dealer. You can pay them a little less to offset your cost for picking it up. As far as the cost of starting this business is concerned, that depends on number of factors. If you are going to have to rent a yard you will need to figure out your monthly rent. If you have a yard you will need equipment such as a fork life, and metal sorting bins, shipping containers, and a truck. You probably will need to hire at least one employee and that will have to be factored in as well. You are going to need to advertise so that must also be factored in. I would estimate that $50,000 should give you a good start. There is a lot more info and ideas that I can share you can contact me (Tim) at Hope this was helpful.
  • 91. Jerry said on 5/5/2010 2:54:37 PM
    You dont need 50K to start a scrap metal business, Get yourself a truck and a magnet and about $500 and Start out collecting and Buying scrap from various sources. and then as you are progressing in collecting lots of scrap then go get your DBA License.
  • 92. Ehsan said on 5/7/2010 1:39:21 PM
    I am already in tool design business. I want to enter into metal recycling business. I have money. I have yard facility and i have some knowledge of the trade. Please guide me through, what steps should i take to enter the new business. Ehsan, 2585 Drew Rd.Unit 1, Mississauga On, L4T1J1 Canada
  • 93. onkar mande said on 5/9/2010 6:21:51 AM
    I have clients to purchase and sell scrap metal abroad but need some help in starting this business as i am living here in san diego california, 92115.
  • 94. paul said on 5/9/2010 1:15:52 PM
    hi i am interested in staring a scrap yard what do i need to start and where do i get them from
  • 95. Surender Yadav said on 5/12/2010 3:17:46 AM
    I am interested in doing the scrap business in India based on gurgaon which is the automobile hub and also the scrap hub. I want to know the procedure to start it. Does I need any kind of license or registration. thanking you surender yadav
  • 96. Mike D said on 5/13/2010 1:44:48 AM
    For those of you who are interested in starting the business with limited capital, it might be necessary to utilize your creative resourcefulness. By this I mean utilizing the wastefulness of others, and capitalizing on their laziness!! I know this is a broad statement, but if you think about it, you can put it to some good use and slowly build your cash base. When you have achieved a certain milestone in cash and people resource, you can then broaden your operating base in the areas more specific to your design. Hopefully this will inspire you to generate some good ideas that can help you get to your goal!
  • 97. Allen said on 5/13/2010 8:05:13 PM
    I buy Non Ferrous or Ferrous metals send me an email when you have the material. I am located in California.
  • 98. Tim C said on 5/14/2010 5:17:30 PM
    Hi All, sorry for the long post but I’ve gotten a few emails and wanted to pass along some info that may be helpful to others.

    Licensing: check with your local authority regarding any permits, licenses and taxes. Some areas have rules some don’t. Last thing you want is to sell a nice load only to have to give your money it back in the way of fines. If the material that you are going to get had chemicals on or in it there is a good chance that some kind of requirement such as a materials safety data sheet (msds)has to be with it.

    Quality of the scrap: more than likely you are going to have to sort and separate your scrap so you can sell it at a premium. mixed scrap pays less.

    Limited capital: if you are limited on funds you will have to keep your operation simple. You need to be able to sell your scrap as soon as you get it and put ALL!!!! of your money back into the business. You will have gas and advertising funds for expenses and the remainder for savings. Or you can wait awhile and save more funds.

    Turn around in this business: This largely depends on you and operation but I would set a goal of two years to show a consistent profit and have plan for profit gain over the next 5 to 10 years. The longer you are doing this business the better and cheaper you should be able to do it so this is a realistic goal. A good business plan will chart your path for sustained profit.

    Business plan: You really need a business plan so you can have a way of measuring the health of your business. It doesn’t have to be super fancy but just cover the basics of your business. It also helps you figure out how to run all of the important aspects of you business. It will also keep you focused. Go online and get a sample of "the elements of a business plan" it really will help you organize your thoughts about the business.

    As far as writing one is concerned, contact the school of business at the local university or post an ad at the college. Some starving college accounting and business kid, in their senior year will be more than happy to do the analytics and writing for a few bucks Or you can pay a professional service to do it for you.

    Finding buyers: I can't stress this enough. You should identify buyers for your scrap and know how much they pay and in what condition they are going to buy it in. Have a few of them so you can have your backside covered. The last thing you want is scrap that you can't store or sell for a profit. Contact exporters in your area and see if they have scrap buyers. If you know that you have buyers you can now figure out how much scrap you can move and your earning potential.

    Information about the business: There isn't a lot of published information about the scrap business you really have to dig around. But join any salvage organizations that you can. Take a trip to a salvage yard and spend some time and see the operation. Don't be shy to talk to the workers and tell them that you are thinking about the business. You will be surprised most of them have no problem talking to you and giving you advice.

    Consulting/partnership/investors: I want to start a network of recycle and salvage centers worldwide. A network where a data base of material buyers are available so that each center can be profitable. I have a lot of ideas of how to do this but not a limited staff. I have some knowledge about this business and see how to make it profitable. I also have some capital. I'm in the process of writing a plan and would like to find interested partners/investors.
  • 99. Nigish Mohan said on 5/15/2010 7:32:53 AM
    Hi, I would like to commence a Scrap trading business in Umm Al Quwain, UAE. Its my first time on entering a business. I would request all of yours valid tips and suggestions on the above. Thanking you, Nigish +971 50 1629533
  • 100. Brando Maitland said on 5/19/2010 10:28:39 AM
    I am a South African who has a clean track record with the police and has been in business for myself for the past 18 years. Things are getting tough now and I have started a small scrap metal business in a residential area. The Police in that area have already given me a hefty fine for operating without a permit as no permits are granted for residential areas. They closed me down and threaten to lock me up if I continue. I am now in a predicament of not being able to continue in the residential area and have to look for a site in the industrial area. For the past month I have acquainted myself tremendously with the second hand goods act and am in a position to run a scrap yard very efficiently. I would like to make a call on anyone in or outside of South Africa to contact and/or meet me to establish a relationship with regard to operating a scrap yard for you in Port Elizabeth. I will run the scrap yard for you on an agreed basis when we have met and I can assure you that my integrity has always been my strongest trademark. I will not let you down. Thank You Brando Maitland Mobile: - 0837691375 Email : -
  • 101. Shakir said on 5/20/2010 4:51:27 AM
    If anybody interested to invest in malaysia for IRON SCRAP BUSINESS contact at this email id :
  • 102. J. Suarez said on 5/20/2010 11:41:59 PM
    I want to start a scraping business in the city of Moreno Valley, CA (usa). My intentions is to look for free scrap or buy & sell w/in that day. Not looking to have a scrap yard. It will by a day to day basis. Do I need a license. Please e-mail me information. Thanks J. Suarez
  • 103. Shakir said on 5/21/2010 9:24:41 AM
    Our function mainly in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia and major we are exporting IRON SCRAP LIKE C I BOIRNGS, FOUNDRIES BUSHELING SCRAP AND MS TURNINGS monthly 800-1000MTons.
  • 104. Betty said on 5/21/2010 1:47:54 PM
    Someone met me at some public place and then we had conversation about jobs, work, etc. He suggested me to work/help with him in iron scrap business. I don't have money but I don't know how and it what way I can/should so that we both benefit from this business. The other thing is I am zero how this business works. Please suggest. Thanks. Regards Betty
  • 105. Betty said on 5/21/2010 1:50:15 PM
    Sorry, I forgot to mention that I am in Toronto. He told me that he has buyers in India but no exporter or may be he means no scrap iron available to export. Betty
  • 106. rajasekhar said on 5/22/2010 1:39:39 AM
    I want to start scrap business, please give some details about this business and how to get scrap from the market.
  • 107. rakesh kumar parmar said on 5/23/2010 8:55:16 AM
    I am rakesh parmar from india and i want to start scrap business with limited funds. please give me your valuable idea for the same.
  • 108. devid said on 5/25/2010 10:07:26 PM
    I want to start scrap business in southern california in Inland Empire (USA)and i have buyers from India can anyone advise me
  • 109. Vivek Sonasaria said on 5/26/2010 3:01:22 PM
    I need to incorporate my company and do all research on this.... can someone let me know how to incorporate a company for Scrap Business in India, Mumbai. Any website link or any other information...
  • 110. Mike said on 5/28/2010 1:52:49 PM
    Minneapolis, MN USA. I'm looking at zoning and have a few questions. Is it easier to just to buy one??
  • 111. vineet kumar agrawalt. said on 5/31/2010 4:57:54 PM
    actually sir i want to know about the how to start steel sector company in india and how to get license if it require? and i want to know that how much govt. provide loan to me , i have no asset but best knowledge. reply me....
  • 112. Kalair said on 6/6/2010 1:58:47 AM
    Hi there, We export scrap metal to Asia. We have huge quantities of HMS, PIPES, SHRED, PNS and much more.. skype: kalair99. we are based in Canada & USA, Scrap metal exporters.
  • 113. Gene Mann said on 6/10/2010 11:48:18 PM
    I have been recycling metal for a few years now. I have a desire to open my own scrap yard. I need information on doing so. I'm also interested in grants that may be available to me. I also would like to know approximately how much money I may need to start and what equipment that I need. I live in Hayward, CA. If you may have additional information that would be helpful I'd appreciate it . Thank You very much, Gene.
  • 114. mansoor said on 6/12/2010 4:30:28 AM
    mumbai india. i want to import copper scrap but i have do not have import licenses yet so give me idea what can i do
  • 115. Jerry said on 6/13/2010 6:02:00 AM
    I'm Jerry from General Santos City Philippines i want to start a metal scrap business how are i'm going to do first pls give some idea tnx
  • 116. Harris Enterprises said on 6/13/2010 7:17:08 PM
    We are located in Dallas Texas. I have been in the scraping business for the past 5 years. I collect commercial scrap for free and sell for a profit. It is free because I provide a convenient and personable service to my clients. By doing this they always call me back. I also provide the service of breaking down these precious metals for an hourly rate. If you have the scrap and no tools, call me and my crew at (469)432-6900 or send me e-mail. As they say in Texas, thank y'all.
  • 117. Jegadeesan said on 6/15/2010 7:17:17 AM
    Hi I have some buyer in china, india and vieatnum my min requirement is 1000mt to 30000mt from india, 30000mt to 200000mt from china so if anybody interested to sell pls contact me to mobile no 09841374007.
  • 118. Jegadeesan said on 6/15/2010 7:20:21 AM
    hi I am going to start yard in chennai india so what will i do, what are the procedure pls mail me at
  • 119. Rakesh yadav said on 6/19/2010 12:40:26 AM
    Hi i want to start my buisness of metal scrap trading. i want to import metal srap from europe. if any one have some idea about it so please contact me my mobile no 9810292785
  • 120. Rakesh Kantaria said on 6/19/2010 11:55:28 PM
    i need best quality HNS1/HMS 2 scrap for india. Presently in canada. can u give suggestion how can i import scrap for india.
  • 121. Gurdip Gill said on 6/20/2010 4:54:49 PM
    Dear Sir, I want to start scrap business in almost all the metals as steel copper aluminum and plastic I am right now in canada and i can arrange for the scrap metals from my own resources please tell me that how much yard is needed and also the investment and the scrap metal import policy of india from canada please tell me everything in details as i am totally new in this field but i am craxy to enter soon in this business waiting for an early reply and also favorable and valuable advices. Thanks Gurdip Gill phone number 604 575 4056
  • 122. karlpeterson2 said on 6/22/2010 4:11:47 AM
    hello out there i am karl, i got copper ore, brass scrap and many more for sell, if you want free contact me any time i am ready to supply 800m/t per/month. origin-- Republic of Cameroon
  • 123. VR said on 6/27/2010 11:44:53 PM
    this is the tips about business
    1 market survey
    2 need to plan about your place of business
    3 make a list of your customers
    4 make a list of your competitors
    5 make a list of buyers
    6 need large metal bins
    7 need scale
    8 have ability to identify the meal...copper aluminum....etc
    8 need to advertisements as well
    9 need to look in the matter of security ...
    cheers vr....
  • 124. salim said on 7/10/2010 5:28:38 AM
    we are in STEEL INTERNATIONAL LTD, the problem is to get the serious buyers or end buyers, most of them we dont agree in terms and condition which include payments terms, how can i get serious buyers?
  • 125. alan said on 7/16/2010 1:48:06 PM
    I am from Peoria, Illinois. I am thinking about starting a scrap metal business. Besides copper and aluminum, what her metals are purchased?
  • 126. lokesh yadav said on 7/18/2010 12:45:10 PM
    hello everyone i want start my business of metal scrap trading so any one some idea about it so please send me details about it at my email
  • 127. MR CHONG LEE said on 7/20/2010 5:59:21 AM
  • 128. Prakash said on 7/24/2010 3:41:52 PM
    Hi, Can any one please guide me how to start this business in India and what all processes it asks to go through? Thanks!
  • 129. Metal dealer said on 7/26/2010 1:33:20 PM
    i am doing metal business since 5 years, export and import, from Africa and Middle east to India and China and UK. looking for a partner to start a business, my location is in UAE, any interested can contact me on my mail Back_history at
  • 130. sushil said on 7/27/2010 2:06:35 AM
    i have copper waste supplier on regular basis from us. a pl con through e mail thanks
  • 131. Ricky said on 7/28/2010 11:39:03 AM
    Hey I have buyers in india if anyone want to start a business with me or who wants to expand their business. email me with the detail on I am in NJ, USA.
  • 132. mohammad sohel said on 7/28/2010 4:32:23 PM
    hi i am sohel. i'm interested to import scrap metal in Bangladesh, I dont know how to start it. I dont know know how to get buyer , plz any one can help me. i will grateful to him who help me promise. thanks sohel, uk
  • 133. vaibhav said on 7/30/2010 11:24:31 AM
  • 134. John said on 8/4/2010 2:17:30 AM
    For lease approximately 50,000.00 square feet land zoned M2 For scrap yards, auto dismantling and other uses in the Los Angels area. for info. call 818 421-0757
  • 135. Prabhu said on 8/7/2010 11:41:59 PM
    I would like to start a scrap recycling business kindly help me in starting the business by sharing your ideas on cost investment and process and procedure. Thanks for your kind advices as it would be very much helpful for me in having a good career in future. Regards Prabhu
  • 136. Mukund Patwardhan said on 8/10/2010 4:16:23 PM
    My name i Mukund Patwardhan. I am from Maharashtra city Nashik, India. I want to start scrap business but from next year but i have some doubts about capital and the supplier of these scraps means from where I get these scraps in cheaper rate and where i can sale it in higher rates. Also if the purchaser don't want the scraps today and he is okay with day after tomorrow then where should i keep these scrap because I don't have any ground or open property to keep these scrap for 1 full day, in this case what should I do?
  • 137. SADAIAH BORAGALLA said on 8/15/2010 3:53:07 AM
    Dear Sir, I want to start scrap business at hyderabad and karimnagar in almost all the metals as steel copper aluminum and plastic I am right now in hyderabad and i can arrange for the scrap metals from my own resources please tell me that how much yard is needed and also the investment and please tell me everything in details as i am totally new in this field but i am crazy to enter soon in this business waiting for an early reply and also favorable and valuable advice.
  • 138. M.R.N said on 8/18/2010 10:25:30 AM
    I need sincere business partners (should have basic knowledge of non ferrous metal scraps) to set up a recycling facility, from grass root level, to process scraps imported from EU / US, supply of scraps are on a regular basis, interested partners from India need respond to
  • 139. Ziad Khan said on 8/18/2010 7:35:29 PM
    I am looking to source Shredded scrap ISRI 211 and HMS 1 & 2 for Bangladesh. I have relationship with the biggest steel re-rolling mill in Bangladesh who themselves have amazing sourcing, therefore competitive prices as well as firm commitment from supplier is required. Please No Africa origin!!
  • 140. khalil said on 8/21/2010 12:54:17 PM
    I own a big scrap yard in Libya. we are dealing in all non-ferrous scrap metals. I would like to get the software programs for controlling my stokes quantities, invoices, labels. prices..etc,
  • 141. A. N. Borse said on 8/25/2010 11:41:13 AM
    I am already in this business as someone can import the material I will lend an helping Hand to him to sell the material. My Contact No 9820809072
  • 142. shashi waghmare said on 8/26/2010 2:29:08 PM
    I am living in India Nagpur please tell me more relevant details about establishing a scrap business and please tell me the minimum amount of capital to be invested in this business to make it start. I have place and some reasonable fund so please guide me how to establish scrap business and concerned formalities.
  • 143. Vinayak said on 8/28/2010 3:03:21 AM
    I have got Rolling Mill, Gaziyabad, UP, India. selling in scrap. around 5000 ton to 7000 ton Scrap Available. visit possible. Interested persons can call me on +91-9555620171, 9999509500
  • 144. A.N Borse said on 8/28/2010 8:50:32 AM
    Dear Mr Shashi Can You Call me so that I can help you out as I am also in the same business since last 2-3 years or you can contact me on 9820809072.
  • 145. Patrick said on 8/29/2010 10:30:58 AM
    Hello, I’m a business developer. I can develop a viable export business for scrap metals trade in any of the following ferrous and non ferrous metals HMS 1&2, Used Rails, Copper, Aluminum, Brass, Scrap Batteries, Scrap Tires, AC Compressors, Alternators and Water Pump Devices. I’m open to anyone and would like to go into partnership with interested minds from any country, but with particular interest to South Africa. I have reliable business knowledge on the capital requirement, kinds, grades, classification and int’l prices of scrap metals (ferrous and non ferrous), local and int’l scrap collection strategies; measurements and scaling, scrap yard management, export trade procedures, access to all year round supply orders, business support services, risk management on export trade and creation of other business opportunities related to scrap metals trade. However, there are 2 modes of entry into the scrap metal business. The first, which involves the ownership, management and trading of scrap metals which can be started on a small scale or large scale, while the second, which only requires a permit involves little expenses to run and is also the better viable option to generate funds for new entrants in metal scrap business or for expansion of existing scrap business owners. If you are interested for more details and a meaningful and viable collaboration, you can contact me on My Best regards.
  • 146. Master Dludlu said on 9/1/2010 11:51:23 AM
    I'm in SOUTH AFRICA running a recycling co. for three years now, i have a contract for a SKIP LOADER TRUCK, for anyone who affords to buy that type of a truck irrespective of where you are, we are doing waste minimization for the CITY OF JOHANNESBURG, and we also buy Scrap Glass and other recyclable materials, TO THOSE WHO WANTS TO START A RECYCLING BIZ WE ALSO HELP WITH ADVISE, anyone interested may contact me @ 076 052 1969 or
  • 147. boi pham said on 9/2/2010 3:30:04 PM
    I have had business license to buy or sell scrap metal but I did nothing now. I had many customers who would like to buy scrap metal from me but I can not find out where the scrap metals are cheap. how I do it. I always had dream to buy scrap metal in US and sell them to Vietna . that my country. please help me how to do. I have nails salon which had been doing very well
  • 148. Aman said on 9/3/2010 1:37:08 AM
    Hello sir ,My name is Aman. I am from Canada(vancouver). I am new in this business. i want to start scrap(iron, aluminum, copper etc) business from here and export it to India. I can handle this business in India because my cousin is there who is already in this business from last 6years but i am new so please give me ur advice that what should i do? my email address is thank U.
  • 149. Chuck said on 9/5/2010 9:56:18 AM
    Those of you looking to start a scrap metal business and have some money to invest and want to start quickly I have the connections to make this happen. I am currently working directly with a major buyer for the Chinese and Taiwan market. This buyer will buy all the scrap I can find. Problem is there are a lot of crooks in this business and time wasters. I have connections from the Carribbean to S. America but need the operating capital to physically visit these locations and negotiate with the sellers. One example is a small ship scraping business in the Dominican Republic, family owned but needs some capital to expand so as to increase their volume. Could go on and on here about the vast opportunities but I'm just looking for a financial partner or investor. If your looking to take 50% of the business because you invested some money then go somewhere else. But if you want to make 20,30 or even 40% return on your investment then that would be possible. If interested contact me at, thank you.
  • 150. edgar jumangit said on 9/6/2010 12:12:00 AM
    My location is in the philippines. I have started buying scrap materials (assorted) from my neighbors almost 4 months already. Most of the time, they deliver it personally at my place. I then deliver my accumulated scrap stocks at one of our local junkshop store (a middleman) in our area. Scrap collection is a good business thats for sure. My problem are; I have difficulties expanding my business due to short or lack of capital to start with. At the moment i can only entertain small scale delivery such as metal, plastic, etc. But my frequency of delivering my scraps collection to our local junk shop is 3-4 times a week. How i wish to have my collection delivered directly to the buyers inorder to get a better price. Please advise on how i can improve and expand my scrap business. thanks for the very informative and helpful tips.
  • 151. balvinder singh josan said on 9/12/2010 10:10:16 AM
    hi i want to start scrap business from australia to india. can you tell me please do i need import license in india for that and is there any custom duty on that and if anybody need scrape in india please let me know. my contact no is 0433227371 e mail
  • 152. SHEIKH KHALID PERVAIZ said on 9/14/2010 6:30:07 PM
  • 153. Mujeeb said on 9/17/2010 11:13:34 AM
    I am in Dammam - Saudi Arbia. I am in interest to do the scrap business and We have the large quantity supplier with us at Dammam and Jeddah. Moreover, they are usually exporting the Scraps to India and Bangladesh. In India (especially Chennai) need of scrap material (Aluminium, Iron)to any client, don't hesitate to contact with us immediately. we will guide you and will arrange to supply the material by best competitive rate by mediator and under some commission basis. Keep in touch with us. Who one interest to do this business that one who get more profit "Insha Allah".
  • 154. mark stirton said on 9/18/2010 12:28:39 PM
    hello i am looking for some information from you if at all possible. i am looking to start buying copper at scrap yard rates and accumulate as much as possible but would like to know where i can sell copper by the ton(not in a scrap yard) but where and who do i approach to sell my metal. i would like to cut out the middle man and try and make some profit. do you have any idea how much a ton of copper is worth to such a company and how i would go about approaching them. many thanks..
  • 155. r.jagannathan said on 9/19/2010 7:09:27 AM
    Please advice me how much money I need a initial capital required for starting this business, I am not having any knowledge in this industry. But I am ready to start this business. How to sell the same to find a buyer. Please advice.
  • 156. C. Catchings said on 9/19/2010 11:29:41 AM
    I am looking for an investor with $25,000 to $50,000 to travel and locate legitimate scrap dealers. I have the international buyers but need to get out and meet the sellers, real sellers. Realistically your investment can be returned within 3 months and the opportunity to make a six figure income for years to come. The scrap metal business is booming right now and is expected to remain so for several years to come. I only work with HMS1&2, I'm not looking to do all the scrap just a specialty or niche business only. If you are interested please reply back to this site and a way to contact you, thank you.
  • 157. frank mark said on 9/21/2010 12:38:42 PM
  • 158. M Sharif said on 9/21/2010 4:42:32 PM
    I want information and details on how to import scrap metals (second hand) materials. i would like to start my own business and like information on how to get started. much appreciated thanks
  • 159. ANTONY said on 9/22/2010 3:49:13 PM
    Actually i'm an Indian guy, located in Canada. I'm planning to start the scrap business (to import scrap to India), but I don't know how to start. Can i get a valuable advice from you about like, how to get an importing license, what are the other things to do to get start the business? please help me , Thanks.
  • 160. Sathi said on 9/22/2010 8:27:32 PM
    Hi! I'm a new immigrant in Vancouver B.C. Canada, and planning to set up new scrap Iron business. i want to start scrap(iron, aluminum, copper etc) business from here and export it to Srilanka or India. I can handle this business in India/Srilanka because my cousin is there who is already in this business for last 5years but i am new so please give me your advice that what should i do? also I am planning to import commodities from India...please advice me and list out the email address is ( Thk You....
  • 161. Ian said on 9/23/2010 11:02:26 AM
    Hi, i would like some information on how to start my own scrap yard. I would like to scrap copper, aluminum, cast iron and more. It would be very helpful if i could get some info and details on how to do so.
  • 162. Qaiser said on 9/25/2010 7:02:31 AM
    I am based in Dubai, want to start scrap trading business. I have buyers in Pakistan with a monthly requirement of 3,500 MT to 5,000 MT. My email address is
  • 163. mian said on 9/26/2010 3:34:46 PM
    Hi there i am based in birmingham(uk) i want start my own scrap business but i do not know how shall i start import and export if any one can help me or want a start business with me his experience. thnx get touch or call 0044-7727423335
  • 164. Hanish Khan said on 9/27/2010 2:54:07 AM
    Hi I want to know what is the minimum amount that is required to start this business and where i can find the scrap and who all are the buyers. Explain each possible that i can know about scrap business. City Gurgaon
  • 165. Ramesh said on 9/30/2010 4:49:39 AM
    Hi this is Ramesh from Chennai. I am agent. I am dealing with buyer who needs scraps in bulk. I need a Scrap Seller at Chennai. If interested please contact me at
  • 166. Edwin said on 10/1/2010 8:31:32 AM
    Hi all. Am just trying to get the ball rolling with a scrap metal business here in Fiji. i have just found a few good tones of scrap metal and am looking for someone to invest or a buyer to advance some of the cash to get started. Have also made contact with my contacts in PNG, Tonga & Solomans to start doing the ground work. If there any one interested out there please contact me on +679 9975244 or e-mail
  • 167. Edwin said on 10/1/2010 8:49:28 AM
    Replying to 160. C. Catchings. please see my contact details above. Feel free to contact me if you want to do business in the Pacific. Regards Edwin
  • 168. gerard german said on 10/2/2010 11:06:26 AM
    hi i would like to sell scrap metal to commercial buyers. i live in farm country and have access to a lot of old farm equipment.i have heard that the metal can be ''prepared'' cut to a certain size and then sold by the ton. where could i sell these items?
  • 169. shiv said on 10/2/2010 2:33:13 PM
    hi my name is shiv from india my big brother has hotel kitchen equipment business and he sale his scrap, and i want to buy scrap from my big brother to start a new business i have 4 year exp: Delhi , India.
  • 170. R.Kumar said on 10/6/2010 2:38:56 AM
    We are a large trading house in Pune/Mumbai with interests in metal scrap,HR/CR Coils,Iron ore etc. We are looking for a person experienced in scrap procurement directly from scrap yards in UK, Eurpe, South Africa. We need to establish our base in these countries and export scrap to India and other Asian countries. Suitable Candidates to send Resume to
  • 171. scrapper said on 10/7/2010 11:35:00 PM
    I collect used appliances and dismember them not fridges, or ac units, i also collect cans and copper do i need a license? i than take them to my local recycling agency.if i need a lic that is fine what kind of license is it? i live in lacrosse co in Wisconsin.
  • 172. Shununa said on 10/8/2010 9:50:55 AM
    I have started and this is my first consignment I’m looking for a company to purchase a large amount of used rail scrap which is above 2,000,000. From a seller directly if you are interested reply to me urgently or provide me the address of the contact person
  • 173. SEN said on 10/9/2010 7:30:31 PM
    Need a partner or mentor in startup recycling and scrap business in the Vancouver BC Canada or surrounds. I have cash to invest in land and business. Please direct your interest to my email, I will respond promptly. Other BC locations will also be considered.
  • 174. Chuck said on 10/11/2010 7:13:04 AM
    I'm responding to SEN #177. I am established in the scrap metal trade business as a sourcing agent. I currently work directly with two major buyers and have supply contacts in the Caribbean Islands and S. America. This aspect of the business is much easier than starting your own yard and the returns are much quicker. Contact me at if your interested, thanks.
  • 175. Lina said on 10/12/2010 4:07:53 AM
  • 176. Ali said on 10/12/2010 7:18:11 AM
    Hi everyone, I live in Sydney Australia. I would like to start scrap metal business. and I would like to share the business with some friends in order to make it sizable, and need guide to start it. if anyone out there to offer free help. E-mail:
  • 177. Suresh Kumar said on 10/16/2010 11:40:37 AM
    I am based in Canada and would like to start scrap business. I am interested in aluminum, copper, soft drinks cans and railway scrap. If any one is interested, please get in touch with me,
  • 178. R.Kumar said on 10/20/2010 1:51:24 AM
    Responding to 160.C.Catchings, Pl refer my remarks in 174. We are large buyers and sellers of HMS1&2.We are looking for buyers in Asia and also real , genuine sellers in U.K and South Africa.
  • 179. Patrick said on 10/20/2010 3:26:32 PM
    Hello everyone, this advice goes to all new scrap buyers and dealers, do not pay any form of advance fee to anyone you are just doing business for the first time. Adopt favorable in terms that spell out clearly buyer and seller's responsibility. And make sure the scrap yard does not just exist, but the materials have a proof of ownership. My regards. For more info on safe trade, mail
  • 180. Rajesh said on 10/20/2010 9:31:26 PM
    I am a shipping expert based out of Florida, I have 4 years of experience in the same industry, I can make bookings, negotiate rates, file aes, file shipping instructions, bl release, prepare purchase contract, prepare sales contract, pretty much everything.... Email me..... Rajesh
  • 181. DEAN KHAN said on 10/23/2010 7:48:51 PM
  • 182. Chuck Catchings said on 10/24/2010 12:57:49 PM
    Response to Dean Khan # 185. Your email address does not work. Can you contact me at for further information, thank you.
  • 183. Mr. Jamaludin Nordin said on 10/26/2010 11:58:26 AM
    Hi. I am interested to look into possibility of having some kind of partnership into the scrap business (especially recycle plastics) in the middle east especially Saudi Arabia and other gulf countries. For those having similar interest, please contact me by email at : Thank you.
  • 184. SHIVAKUMAAR said on 11/4/2010 12:24:33 PM
    my company name jayasians export&import i interest in metal scrap import in foriegh but i need a buyer if any import buyer can u plz help me 8870003807
  • 185. Vu anh Duc said on 11/5/2010 8:24:55 AM
    to 107. Shakir we are scrap importer from vietnam, we can buy your product to vietnam market, pls send me Pics and detail to or skype: anhduc2201 hope to start with you soon Regard
  • 186. Vu Anh Duc said on 11/5/2010 8:54:11 AM
    To: 154. (edgar jumangit ) we may have a tip to solve your matter and doing business with you. pls inform me quantity, grade metal you have to my above email.thanks
  • 187. abhishek said on 11/9/2010 1:30:57 PM
    i have a link in abroad who can give tons and tons of metal scraps.i dont know how to import them and sell them . i need some ideas ..hope to get from you... thanks. mail id:
  • 188. mavis mtatase said on 11/11/2010 10:06:58 AM
    Hi I am mavis Mtatase located in Cape Town,South Africa, I would like to start a metal scrap or any kind of scrap business but how do i start and where do i buy the scrap weighing machine
  • 189. Enock Tapudzi said on 11/24/2010 5:25:52 AM
    I am based in Free State, Bethlehem, South Africa, and would like to start a scrap metal business, what can i do to get started?
  • 190. PAUL said on 12/1/2010 7:37:33 AM
    we own scrap yards in canada, and are looking for buyers around the world please serious replies only based out of vancouver canada
  • 191. Yasen said on 12/1/2010 7:37:52 AM
    We are Dubai based company and we deals all types of scraps ranging from buying to selling. Can you help me advertise our company to get more customer? Thank you!
  • 192. Chuck Catchings said on 12/1/2010 7:55:21 AM
    This is a response to Yasen, post # 195. I am an independent sourcing agent with direct connections with buyers from Turkey to China. If you have processed or unprocessed steel I would be very interested in hearing from you. I am predominately interested in HMS1, and HMS1&2. You can contact me directly at I also have connections with suppliers.
  • 193. Neelam rai said on 12/8/2010 12:05:13 AM
    Hi I'm in Australia and I have potential suppliers and buyers both I want to trade in scrap but I'm confused about the terms and conditions of an agent in this business pls advise how I can supply to a buyer in India and supplier anywhere on the world I shall be really grateful look forward to hear from you Regards Neelam rai
  • 194. satheesh kumar.M said on 12/10/2010 12:33:13 AM
    dear sir, this is sathesh kumar.M from INDIA tamil nadu-coimbatore am very very interest in starting scrap yard so please explain the procedure about this business other wise give me some business developers address where i can get my queries cleared......thank you sir
  • 195. Mohamad Ibrahim said on 12/10/2010 10:11:20 PM
    hi, i am newly register and open a company dealing in 2nd hand goods like, old refrigerator,washing machines, furniture, wardrobe, fan and old unused computers. looking for opportunities to export to other country or locally sell. If any person or company interested and want to discuss further about this business, please email and i will be glad to join hand with you and get started with this new business. thank you
  • 196. subodh shah said on 12/12/2010 12:52:54 PM
    i am a resident of Canada, however i have a very strong base in Mumbai, India in steel industry. i am looking forward to start business by exporting iron and steel scrape to my home country. i look forward for the following:
    1.regular, honest and reliable supplier of the material and
    2.guidelines on how to start this business from Canada.
    i am eagerly await for positive reply soon and thank you in anticipation.
  • 197. Bryan Matthew Woods said on 12/12/2010 4:52:23 PM
    Subodh Shah, please call me at 001.727.808.9866 regarding your inquiry. Thank You, Bryan Matthew Woods
  • 198. Santosh said on 12/14/2010 2:59:34 AM
    I have iron scrap in delhi , so i want to buyer for iron scrap contact me on 9289144088
  • 199. Abdullah said on 12/14/2010 6:38:31 AM
    I currently have HMS 1 & 2 available. If anyone is interested please send me an email at or call me at 001-416-678-3240 for terms and conditions. I am located in Toronto, Canada. Will ship anywhere in the world with L/C. Need legit buyers or sellers.
  • 200. Roy said on 12/15/2010 10:03:38 PM
    If anyone have any problem of starting or establishing of scrap metal business, please feel free to contact me. I will share my experience and some strategy of running this business. my email is
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