Archive for March, 2013

If you’re just starting off in the scrap metal scene, it’s important that you learn the basics to proper scrapping. Previous blogs discussed the types of metal that’s acceptable for scrapping, how to organize your scrap and also interesting items that are often unknowingly scrap worthy. This blog will discuss a topic that many are unaware of; wire.

Did you know that burning insulated wire in the U.S. is illegal? It’s illegal due to the federal Clean Air Act due to the release of carcinogens into the air and into the ground. This is a very serious matter including a fine up to $25,000 and the possibility of five years in jail. Some may argue that burning wire is profitable, but it is definitely not worth the risk! For example that copper scrap is worth approximately 2.60 per pound and scrap insulated wire is worth $1.20 per pound, burned wire is worth $2.20 per pound… For a pile of wire that weighs under 100 lbs there’s NO worth in burning it.

CleanairAct

If you burned 100lbs of insulated copper wire copper wire, and you end up with less than 60 pounds of burned copper, then that means you have broken even…Again, there’s no reason to burn it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Whether it’s copper or aluminum wire, insulated wire is not to be burned, even if a scrap yard offers to buy it that way. They know it is illegal and costly, and that is why they are not burning it themselves. (DO NOT continue to work with a yard that practices unsafe and illegal exchanges.) If that doesn’t convince you, do it for your health: the last thing anyone wants to be handling is a hot tangle of carcinogenic wire. Do not get fooled into thinking that burning wire will be profitable!

At Upstate Metal Recycling we take great pride in taking your collected scrap metal. 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 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.

Advertisements

Have you ever started a project and found that you were left with several unusable items once the project concluded? This is what we would call ‘waste material.’  If you’re left with several different types of waste material, it is called a ‘waste stream.’

food-waste_custom-649ff1ae4461b8dfa8f244293139d87489975454-s6-c10

No matter the profession or business, there’s always some type of waste stream leftover.  Whether you’re in the restaurant business and have leftover food, or the education profession and have leftover paper from an art project, there’s always some type of waste.

paper-bin

This is where scrap yards come in! The big purpose of a scrap yard is to buy scrap metal  so it can be pulled out of a waste stream. The scrap yard will buy the material (usually by the pound or sometimes by the ton) and will pay you depending on the material. This makes it possible for the scrap metal to be melted down to create new products.  The less waste we have, the better off the environment is.

At Upstate Metal Recycling we take great pride in taking your collected scrap metal. 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 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.