One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, or so the saying goes. Quite frankly, it’s a saying that seems a little overused and cliche. One man’s trash is really just more trash. What is there to treasure about that? There might be a silver lining to trash, though, with Charlotte metal recycling.

Scrap metal is one of the few forms of the other man’s trash actually worth something — cold, hard cash from your friendly Charlotte metal recycling center. And perhaps that’s where the “treasure” part of that saying comes from.

Have you ever wondered why scrap metal is actually worth cash? Well, metal, like most materials, cost money to make. Metal requires mining, smelting, refining and cleaning and so it’s a fairly labor intensive material to produce. Scrap metal — from copper to brass to bronze — can be reused fairly easily by melting it down and turning it into a new product thus lowering the overall cost to produce metal products.

Refineries and Mills that use recycled metal get their materials from people like you; the everyday consumer with worn out metal products including everything from wires and pipes to old radiators. And the best part is that they pay you for your used products because it saves the company money in the long run.

So maybe we should take another look at that cliche again. If the definition of treasure is something of value, maybe your scrap metal trash is a small piece of treasure after all. Look around, gather up those metal scraps you have been calling trash and see just how much treasure there is after all.