Archive for March, 2012

We all can relate to that love/hate relationship we have with our cars. But what do you do when you decide that the hate for your vehicle is well beyond your love for it? Sure, you can suffer through the pain of listing your car in the classifieds or trading it into the dealership for a less than desirable value, but what about scrapping it?  Upstate Metal Recycling is encouraging the Fort Wayne area to scrap your vehicle for cash.  Here are some frequently asked questions regarding vehicle recycling:

What if my car doesn’t run? Upstate Metal Recycling is more than happy to pick up your vehicle free of charge.  We have top of the line tow trucks that make transporting your junk car quick and easy.

Why shouldn’t I just trade in my vehicle? Surprisingly, you can make more money recycling your car than trading it in for a new car.  Scrap yards can strip your car for scrap metal but also remove and sell used parts. When Upstate takes your recycled car a mechanic strips your junk car for parts that can be sold for use in other vehicles. This helps ensure that the materials won’t go to waste while you make the extra cash.

Does the entire car get re-used?  About 85 percent of the parts on your car can be recycled and reused.  The remaining portion of the car, usually just the frame is then turned into scrap metal and the used as recycled steel. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that it it uses almost 75% less energy recycling than making new metals.

Recycling your car makes perfect sense. Not to mention, it’s easy! If you’re anticipating dropping your car off, Upstate Metal Recycling will even give you a quote over the phone. Don’t forget, Upstate also collects your steel, aluminum, brass, copper, stainless steel and insulated or bare electric wire.

Check out this YouTube video to see the steps to recycling a car.

With the price of living reaching all time records, many people are beginning to complain that energy costs are just too high. Unfortunately, it’s really no big surprise that energy costs continue to skyrocket when people keep ignoring the importance of something as simple as recycling. I’ll admit, it’s sometimes difficult to see the big picture when it comes to gathering a bunch of cans to recycle.  But just a few cans in the bin can help to keep our cost of living somewhat manageable.

When collecting cans, there are several ways to recycle the masses of aluminum. Upstate Metal Recycling has a few suggestions:

  • If you have a local residential recycling pickup, use it.  In Fort Wayne, Indiana there is a recycling pick-up every two weeks. Dial 311 in order to find out which day of the week your pick-up falls on.
  • If you live in an area that does not provide residential recycling pickup or would like to make some extra cash, bag up your cans and drop them at Upstate Metal Recycling. The current price for cans is .55/lb. Although this seems like quite a bit, it only takes around 28-32 aluminum cans to make a pound.   That’s only a little over a 24 pack! If you have a significant amount of cans, contact Upstate for a possible home pickup!
  • If you’re unable to make it to Upstate there’s still the option of donating your can collection to a local church, Girl Scout troop or other organization.  Several organizations collect cans for extra money towards a good cause.

While you still may be contemplating the future of your aluminum cans, please remember to not toss them in the garbage. Recycling is the more efficient way to go, plus it could put extra dollars in your pocket! Call Upstate Metal Recycling, 260.747.2000 or visit us at 11400 Bluffton Rd, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46809.

 Wondering what happens to your recycled cans? Check this video out!

Why Recycle Scrap Metal?

Posted: March 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

Spring cleaning = Spring scrapping!

With spring fast approaching, the dreaded spring cleaning also lingers! How about turning a not-so-good pastime into quite the money maker? No, 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, for further details!

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