It seems the post below upset someone so to put the record straight and clear my name of being an un responsible detectorist I'd better make it clear as to what I'm going to do in future. Hopefully this will satisfy him.
Having not been able to get out detecting these last few days has given me the chance to sort out my scrap buckets. I like to clear my permissions of any trash I find for four reasons, one it helps the farmer keep his land free of the stuff, two it helps the environment, three it saves digging it up again and four it lines my pocket. You may think that small piece of lead or brass is not worth much but you will be surprised how it mounts up over time.
The rusted iron I don't bother with and ends up as hedge fodder as the price you would get for it in my opinion is not worth the hassle, that's if you can get a scrap dealer to take it off your hands in the first place. The bits of lead, copper, brass and bronze I take home and eventually sort it into individual buckets.
Why bother some of you might say, well, the price of lead at the moment is around 90p a KG, copper around £3.00 a KG, brass around £2.00 a KG. These prices can go up and down a little day to day, but hey, its free money for a bit of effort. I use luggage scales to weigh it all, those shown in the pic cost me £1.99 from one of those cheap superstores.
I still have a lot to sort through, but at the moment I have shown two pics of the lead and copper collected so far. The lead comes to just over 30 KG = £27.00 and the copper grot coins comes to 6 KG = £18.00. That's £45.00 so far with more to sort.
A handy sum to go towards a metal detecting accessory.