Simple Steps For Starting Your Own Scrap Yard

Let’s face it, lots of people have issues. For one it might be hoarding, to another it could be bad style, to yet another it might be stuttering. People come in all shapes, colors, and forms—all varying greatly from each other. Perhaps, you can evaluate yourself into one of these various people groups. Our first friend, the hoarder, is often strongly misunderstood and labeled as a “packrat”. These sorts of people often have homes and storage units that become filled with unnecessary things. In his or her own opinion, all the stuff is highly desirable or possibly even needed. An outsider might simply see homes filled to overflowing with useless trash, but a hoarder will see palaces full of valuable recyclables.

From this example, one can determine that each person varies in his gifts, hobbies, and perhaps, fetishes. If you fit into the category of the hoarder (or extreme recycler), there may be a vocation that suits your unique talents. Scrap recycling is a moneymaking industry that generates billions of dollars. Since it helps recycle materials, reserve energy, and prevent environmental hazards, recycling is considered to be a very green, environmentally friendly profession.
If you are more than the average hoarder or recycler, you may feel led to expand your sphere of influence beyond your own home. Surprisingly, opening a scrap yard is much simpler than getting a rocket science degree. The process of opening this business involves a few different steps:

  • The first, and most important component of opening a yard is securing a place of appropriate size. Because storing and processing scrap material requires a lot of space, a large open lot is necessary. State and city government offices should be consulted in order to ensure the area meets the essential requirements.
  • Once the area for a future scrapyard is secured, one ought to develop connections to other businesses as well as trucking services. It is important to grow in connections with buyers, model top of line customer service relative to others, and to build a reputable name. When manufacturing companies become established as buyers, it is almost guaranteed to succeed.
  • Additionally, certain machinery and equipment are needed to run a successful enterpize. Depending on the types of recycling that is going to be done at the scrap site, different machinery will be required. To produce recycled scrap metal from cars for example, compactors and crushers will be mandatory.
  • In the end, good advertisement is the key that will ensure a successful scrap business. This can be done through websites, commercials, articles, reviews, recommendations, etc.


These four important components: a suitable location, connections, correct equipment, and proper advertisement are the steps that lead along the path of a successful scrap yard. If you happen to be a hoarder or extreme recycler, perhaps you have found your niche. Yards will always be in high demand, so engaging in this scrap business is usually a money-making pleasure.