The Earth Ministry and Stewardship committees have joined forces to collect and recycle scrap metal to encourage greater recycling and to raise funds for UUCW. Please bring in beverage and food aluminum and stainless-steel cans that have been thoroughly cleaned. Other metal products that you no longer need are also accepted, such as metal shears, hammers, or wire. You may bring in metal at any time the church building is open.
Since different types of metal are more valuable than others, bins will be identified for sorting metals. The bins will be located on the lower level of the church near the coat racks by the west entrance (follow the recycling signs). To keep items away from children passing through the hallway, please add your metal to the provided covered bins or bring your items in a closed box or other lidded container. No open buckets or boxes, please.
If you have large pieces of metal or appliances that you would like to recycle, please contact Almuth Soffee to arrange for pick up. You may also take your metal items directly to National Salvage at 600 South 44th St. in Milwaukee. Just let them know your contribution is for UUCW and the church will receive credit for the metal’s value.
What kind of metal do I have?
The easiest and most common way to figure out what kind of metal you have is by grabbing a magnet:
If the magnet sticks to your metal, you have a ferrous metal like steel or iron.
- Steel is one of the most common metals used throughout the world. It can be found in many places, from your car to chairs, shelves, cabinets and more. Steel can often rust easily.
If the magnet does not stick to your metal, you have copper, aluminum, brass, stainless steel or bronze. These metals are very valuable to recycle and are worth more money at the scrap yard.
- Copper is a reddish to brown color, sometimes with areas of green corrosion. Copper can be found as plumbing pipes, gutters, and inside components of air conditioners. Copper can also be found in electrical wire, usually underneath colored plastic insulation. Copper is one of the most valuable metals to recycle.
- Aluminum is a whitish, silver color and can easily be bent if it is thin. Besides beverage cans, aluminum is often used for gutters, siding, window frames, doors, and more. Recycling aluminum saves 80% of the energy that was used to make it.
- Brass is yellowish with a hint of red in it and is a very heavy metal. Brass can often be found in hardware like keys, door handles, light fixtures and bathroom fixtures.