Balancing the Budget: Outsourcing Business ServicesBalancing the Budget: Outsourcing Business Services

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Balancing the Budget: Outsourcing Business Services

My company is now over a decade old and I still outsource several key functions. It isn't that I can't afford to keep them in house. It is just that outsourcing is the most financially responsible decision I can make. I outsource all sorts of support services. One company manages my IT needs. Another partner takes care of the payroll and remitting taxes. I even have a cleaning service that comes in at night, does the windows, and in general keeps everything spotless. If you think outsourcing might benefit your business, let's talk. I'll tell you what I outsource and why. From there, you can decide if my strategy would also work for you.

3 Types of Aluminum to Recycle

Aluminum is a metal that can be found in a wide range of products. Manufacturers often like working with aluminum because of its lightweight and durable nature. Aluminum is also popular because it is easy to recycle. Nearly 75% of all the aluminum that has ever been produced is still in use today.

You can get in on the aluminum recycling action by learning to identify the unique types of aluminum that can be scrapped for cash.

1. Sheet Aluminum

Sheet aluminum is the most basic type of aluminum that you can collect. People who collect aluminum to recycle for a profit like working with sheet aluminum because very little preparation is required to get this type of aluminum ready for a recycling center.

Sheet aluminum includes everything from lawn furniture and bicycle frames to window frames with paint and nails still attached. You may not receive as much money for sheet aluminum as you would for other types of aluminum, but you won't have to spend time preparing this type of metal for recycling.

2. Cast Aluminum

Cast aluminum can also be a great resource when it comes to recycling aluminum for money. Recycling centers will typically classify any component that has been manufactured using liquified aluminum injected or molded by a die as cast aluminum.

You will need to spend some time cleaning your cast aluminum if you want a recycling center to accept your load. All rubber seals or gaskets, grease, or screws present must be removed before recycling cast aluminum.

The added time required for cleaning doesn't bother most scrap metal collectors, since cast aluminum parts tend to be heavy. Recycling centers usually pay by the pound for metal, so the heavier cast aluminum parts are worth more than other types of aluminum scrap.

3. Aluminum Wire

Aluminum was used to produce certain types of electrical wires in the past. Copper has since become the standard for electrical wiring, and many aluminum wires are being replaced with updated copper wires.

Recycling centers have a dedicated category for aluminum wire when it comes to paying for this type of scrap metal. All of the aluminum wire that you scrap for cash must be stripped of any protective coating. The wire must be made from pure aluminum, with no other metals or alloys present. 

The amount of money you will receive will depend on the type of aluminum you provide. Contact local aluminum scrap recyclers to learn more.