Archive for October, 2014

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.

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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)