When scrapping is part of your livelihood it’s sometimes difficult to find decent scrap during the colder months. Here are some tips when scrapping during the winter season.

Tip #1 – Take Advantage of the Season
Don’t fight the season and try to do things the same way you would have if you were trying to hunt down scrap metal in June. Think about some of the seasonal aspects of this time of year and all the ways that you can capitalize on them in your scrap metal recycling.

  • Holiday Lights – Check local trash dumpsters, cans and even area businesses for discarded holiday lights. In many cases, people will put away broken light strings and not discover that they are bad until they try to hang them the next year. So start looking around Thanksgiving all the way up past New Years for light strings. When you go to recycle metal in Westport at Mid-City Scrap, ask about recycling holiday lights. Many contain a lower insulated copper wire and can fetch a decent price for your efforts.
  • Decorations – Many people use great big holiday decorations this time of year that are made of various metals. Aluminum sheeting, wrought iron and other materials are often discarded this time of year as residents and businesses sort through their old decorations. Put an ad in your local paper or Craigslist offering to pick up broken or unwanted holiday decorations (and lights) – you might be surprised at how many requests you receive.

At Upstate Metal Recycling we take great pride in taking your collected scrap metal to help avoid your recyclable waste ending up in a landfill. If you’re interested in recycling your own scrap, bring it to Upstate! We’ll recycle your scrap while giving you the best price in exchange! Upstate Metal Recycling will take your car batteries, steel, aluminum, brass, copper, electric wire, cars, shingles, etc. You can even ‘Like’ them on Facebook for a coupon on your next visit to the yard.

Holiday Scrapping

Posted: November 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

With the holidays right around the corner, what better way to earn some extra cash than by scrapping?  We offer the most competitive prices in town and plus we’re friendly to boot!

Check out our newest T.V. spot!

Responsible E-Waste

Posted: October 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

I can’t help but notice the incredibly expensive MacBook sitting on my desk right now that is currently lacking an equally expensive battery. For those of you that are unaware, apparently MacBooks from circa 2007 have a tendency to have faulty batteries. And by faulty batteries, I mean the batteries literally begin to bow and warp.  Granted, an almost eight year old laptop earns the title ‘dinosaur’ after a years of abuse use…especially for a Mac–but even so!

After researching this battery inconvenience, I found out that Mac no longer honors this ‘recall’ on the 2007 batteries.  Funny thing is they stopped accepting the recalls shortly after 2008? You mean to tell me that people were having this issue shortly after their original MacBook purchase?  I guess I should consider myself lucky…

Before I continue to babble on incessantly, I should probably get to the point of this Scrap Metal blog.  Thinking about my beloved laptop made me think more about the scrap metal discussions regarding e*waste. There are so many differently clauses when it comes to the proper recycling of e*waste and it’s important that these are shared with those that are contemplating turning their e*waste in for a little extra spiff.

Here are three rules when recycling your e*waste:

  1. Know Who You’re Recycling With: You’d be surprised at how many different organizations claim to be e*waste recyclers when in actuality…they’re not.  This is a problem because your e*waste could be placed in the wrong hands and thus be recycled improperly.
  2. Free Recycling isn’t Free: Don’t let the less than reputable recyclers convince you that they’ll make you a better deal on your e*waste. If the business claims they can make you a good deal while also advertising free recycling it’s often times a lose/lose.  Think about it…free recycling on their end wouldn’t leave much of a profit for you now would it?
  3. Be Careful Regarding Your Data: If you find yourself getting rid of a computer or cellphone make sure that each eligible e*waste item has properly been erased.  If your e*waste products withhold important security information there’s a chance that your information could be spread to others (especially if your recycler isn’t reputable).

At Upstate Metal Recycling we take great pride in taking your collected scrap metal to help avoid your recyclable waste ending up in a landfill. If you’re interested in recycling your own scrap, bring it to Upstate! We’ll recycle your scrap while giving you the best price in exchange! Upstate Metal Recycling will take your car batteries, steel, aluminum, brass, copper, electric wire, cars, shingles, etc. You can even ‘Like’ them on Facebook for a coupon on your next visit to the yard.

Sell Your Scrap!

Posted: October 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

The colder weather is approaching…wouldn’t it be nice to actually park your car in the garage this winter? How about turning a not-so-good pastime like cleaning out the garage into quite the money maker? No, (thankfully) I’m not talking about the two days you spend haggling with others at your annual yard sale, I’m talking about selling your scrap! Take your old run-down cars, appliances, electronics and even pop cans and find a better, more profitable use for them.

But what exactly is scrap metal?

Scrap metal is bits and pieces of metal not in use that are then collected. There are two types of scrap metal that are acceptable at the scrap yard:

Ferrous material: Iron and Steel products

Non-ferrous material: Aluminum, copper, brass

Why is it so important to scrap metal?

Reusing scrap metal helps to avoid continuously mining the Earth for natural resources. The recycled metal can be reused in several different ways including car manufacturing.

How much does recycling scrap pay?

The scrap metal industry is a competitive one, and often times prices are slightly different depending on your location.  Upstate Metal Recycling in Fort Wayne, Indiana offers scrap recycling at the most competitive prices. Prices are reviewed weekly in case any changes in pricing does occur. Visit the Upstate website, Upstatemetal.com for further details!

(Definitions were provided by http://encyclopedia.com)

New Scrap Commercial

Posted: September 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

It’s been awhile since we’ve seen ourselves on camera…so we figured it was time for us to shoot a new commercial. We know you all still adore our ‘Farewell Old Friend” commercial spot we ran last year, but this time we’re highlighting our scrap business as a whole and not just focusing on our car scrapping. The new commercial will be airing very soon, but in the mean time here are some photos from the shoot!

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At Upstate Metal Recycling we take great pride in taking your collected scrap metal to help avoid your recyclable waste ending up in a landfill. If you’re interested in recycling your own scrap, bring it to Upstate! We’ll recycle your scrap while giving you the best price in exchange! Upstate Metal Recycling will take your car batteries, steel, aluminum, brass, copper, electric wire, cars, shingles, etc. You can even ‘Like’ them on Facebook for a coupon on your next visit to the yard.

More Scrap Thieves

Posted: September 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

We’ve written several blogs about the unfortunate act of stealing scrap metal in order to make a profit at local (and even non-local) scrap yards.  It appears as though the two men in the article have reached an all time low (or high) when trying their best to steal copper from a church in Delaware.  …Yes, you read that correctly: These two men were stealing scrap from a CHURCH!

Thankfully, the Lord does have a tendency to work in mysterious ways (that) and the two burglars appeared to lack anything higher than a Kindergarten education. The culprits were arrested shortly after the police officers found them hiding in the church’s air ducts.

Don’t believe us?  Check out the article here: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/09/10/police-found-something-entirely-unexpected-inside-churchs-hvac-ducts/

Long article short, we can’t stress enough the importance of bringing in honest scrap. We take our jobs at Upstate Metal Recycling very seriously and are fully aware of the amount of stolen scrap that floats around the Fort Wayne and other surrounding areas.

At Upstate Metal Recycling we take great pride in taking your collected scrap metal to help avoid your recyclable waste ending up in a landfill. If you’re interested in recycling your own scrap, bring it to Upstate! We’ll recycle your scrap while giving you the best price in exchange! Upstate Metal Recycling will take your car batteries, steel, aluminum, brass, copper, electric wire, cars, shingles, etc. You can even ‘Like’ them on Facebook for a coupon on your next visit to the yard.

There’s no hiding the fact that as a scrap metal business we love learning about any and all things scrap. While catching up on our daily scrap news we came across an interesting tidbit of knowledge regarding one of the nation’s largest and most well known monuments: The Statue of Liberty.

The Statue Of Liberty has had its home in New York City since the French gifted it to us following the Civil War. It was accepted by the president on October 28, 1886, which makes the beloved statue 128 years old!

Did you know that the Statue Of Liberty is made out of copper and steel. Her outer shell may be deceiving due to her green color, but that’s only because copper tends to turn green once exposed to the elements. The statue weighs about 405,000 Pounds and 305 feet from the base to the tip of the torch, and has about 60,00 pounds of copper and 250,000 pounds of steel. Which means the scrap value of the Statue Of Liberty for copper is about $240,000 and for the steel is about $125,000 for a total of about $365,000 of scrap value! Even though scrapping this timeless piece of history would bring forth quite a bit of cash, the beauty and statement this piece possesses far outweighs it’s worth in scrap.

At Upstate Metal Recycling we take great pride in taking your collected scrap metal to help avoid your recyclable waste ending up in a landfill. If you’re interested in recycling your own scrap, bring it to Upstate! We’ll recycle your scrap while giving you the best price in exchange! Upstate Metal Recycling will take your car batteries, steel, aluminum, brass, copper, electric wire, cars, shingles, etc. You can even ‘Like’ them on Facebook for a coupon on your next visit to the yard.

Let’s be honest…Did you know that the Statue of Liberty was in fact green due to her copper shell?