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Tis the season for garage sales! This could be a blessing or a curse for some, but for scrappers this is could very well be comparable to the Christmas season! Several garage sales offer old and even broken appliances that can be transformed into a scrappers goldmine!

If you’re lucky enough to live in a fairly close proximity to a scrapyard dropping off an appliance or four seems well worth the short drive. Many scrappers can offer at least ten cents per pound for your appliance or $10 per 100 pounds. If you’re lucky, sometimes you’ll be presented with the opportunity to collect a broken appliance from a garage sale free of charge just for removal. BONUS!

How much are your appliances and other metal items actually worth?

Washing machine $18-$22 average weight 200 lbs.

Dryer $8-$10 average weight 100 lbs.

Refrigerator with top freezer $16-18 average weight with the compressor taken out 175 lbs.

Side by side refrigerator $24-$28 average weight with the compressor removed 250 lbs.

Ovens and ranges $11-$18 average weight 125 lbs.

Full size Gas BBQ $16-20 average weight 180 lbs.

Cast iron bathtub $30-$40 average weight over 300 lbs.

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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A big “kudos” goes out to car manufacturer, General Motors!  Businessgreen.com recently posted an article highlighting GM on their recycling.  General Motors doesn’t just recycle; they RECYCLE!  Last year, GM had a total of one billion dollars in recycling revenue.

“The company confirmed that it recycles 90 per cent of its worldwide manufacturing waste and has 105 landfill-free facilities across the globe, a figure it aims to raise to 125 by the end of the decade.”

As part of the waste reduction push plants in India, Thailand and Russia have replaced wooden pallets with reusable plastic, saving 566 tons of waste, while new auto paint robots and processes to reduce the use of paint thinner have saved up to 200 tons across two plants.”

General Motors is setting a great example for other big companies to start taking notice on the environment. Not only do they make it a point to recycle their unused material, but they’re also creating vehicle models that are more eco-friendly and fuel efficient.

“GM already sells six models with some form of electrification, including the Spark EV and the Chevrolet Volt, known as the Vauxhall Ampera in the UK, and intends to put 500,000 electric or hybrid electric cars onto US roads by 2017.”

Check out the entire article here.

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.

As a scrap metal facility, we find it our job  to not only collect your unwanted scrap (while paying you top dollar) but we also find it necessary to inform those who don’t scrap of the several benefits to recycling. Of course the idea of recycling has been on the rise for quite sometime, but lets start putting all these facts into motion!

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Four Interesting Benefits To Recycling:

  • Recycling saves energy! Even when you recycling something as little as an aluminum can it can provide enough energy to power your computer for three hours.
  • The U.S. produces 250 million tons of waste a year. Can you imagine how much this number would shrink if we’d all attempt to recycle more?
  • Unfortunately outrageous amounts of garbage and recyclables end up in our oceans each year.  This not only harms the environment, but it also harms the plants an animals residing in the water.
  • Recycling your scrap metal can not only be beneficial to your pocket but also to our future generations.  Each time you send your scrap to a scrap metal facility, your scrap has the chance to be made into something new.  This never-ending cycle can provide our future generations with materials while keeping these items out of landfills.

Scrap metal recycling is one of the best kinds of recycling. If you want to earn money while helping create a better and more sustainable future, bring your scrap metal to Upstate Metal Recycling!

Are you looking to purchase a new patio furniture set this season?  Did you ever consider selling your old furniture as scrap metal? Of course there are some requirements before receiving your payout.

Furniture must be made out of:

  • Aluminum
  • Iron
  • Stainless steel

These are usually the only materials besides plastic and wood that patio/outdoor furniture is usually made out of.

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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.

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Before you haul over your load of scrap to the metal recycling yard, it’s beneficial if the scrap is separated for faster service and a quicker exchange. Here are a few tips for before you leave for the scrap yard.

1. Put your scrap in boxes. For smaller pieces of scrap it’s easier to put your articles into a box or bin in order make loading and unloading easier.  This also makes it easier to distinguish between metals.  If the metal is organized, putting a price on your collection becomes an easier task.

2. Not only should you put your scrap metals in boxes, but you should also separate your wires.  You will probably have wire that is both stripped and unstripped. Separate the bare copper wiring and the other bare metal wires from the metals with the insulation on them. If you find you have a large quantity of insulated wires, you have the option to strip these for the possibility of making more money.

3. If you’re planning on bringing electronics, remember that not all are created equal (especially computer parts). Different types of electronics range in prices.  You may find computer boards, motherboards, CPU’s, hard drives, etc.  Keep these separate due to the fact that some boards may be worth several times more than others.  Make sure you’re knowledgeable when it comes to which boards the scrap yard accepts.

4. Be careful not to mix metals.  Steel and iron can degrade other metals when mixed.  If you’re unsure, use a magnet.  Magnets stick to steel and iron, which makes them a ferrous metal.  If the metal does not stick it’s a non-ferrous metal.

There seems to be a trend in the previous stated tips…(All together now) “It’s best to separate your metals.” Separating your metals will make your trip to the yard quicker and much easier. At Upstate Metal Recycling we take great pride in taking your legally 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.

It’s no secret that recycling your scrap can help you make some extra cash, but do you realize the true benefits to the environment that come along with disposing of your metals the correct way? When you recycle your scrap you help to preserve natural resources and save energy. Also, you’re keeping non-biodegradable products out of the landfills, which is much healthier for the Earth.

How does this all happen?

Surprisingly, recycling non-ferrous metals causes no loss of chemical or physical properties. This makes for much cleaner air.  The recycling process is more convenient and safer for scrap metals such as albumin, nickel, lead, copper, etc. These metals are incredibly beneficial when it comes to the creation of new products.  Plus, these non-ferrous scrap metals can be recycled over and over again. See why we should keep these products out of the landfills?  Not only can they be reused an endless amount of times, but they also cut back on much needed space in the ever-growing landfills.

Thanks to scrappers, the value of non-ferrous metals has increased in the past couple years.  Not only has the value climbed but the amount of scrap recycled has increased to over nine million tons in 2012.

Please continue to do your part to help the environment by being more conscious when it comes to recycling your scrap.  Again, not only does it benefit your pocket, but it also benefits the environment!

At Upstate Metal Recycling we take great pride in taking your legally 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.

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The Truth Behind the Penny

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Often when the word ‘copper’ is mentioned a mental picture of a penny comes to mind.  I hate to burst your bubble but, pennies haven’t been made out of real copper since 1962. Even then the penny wasn’t fully made out of copper, it was also made with 5% zinc and tin. Nowadays, copper is no longer used for pennies due to the realization that it costs more to make a penny than its worth in US currency. Today’s pennies are made up of 97.5% zinc. Pretty wild!

There's quite a difference between today's pennies and this 1937 penny.

There’s quite a difference between today’s pennies and this 1937 penny.

There is an estimated 140 billion total US pennies in circulation today. Of that incredibly outrageous number, even if only 10%  of those pennies happen to be from the copper making era, that’s still a hefty 14 billion copper pennies. If you do that math, that’s roughly $380 million in copper profit. Hold your horses friends, although the pennies pre 1962 were primarily copper, it’s not legal to scrap them. In 1974, The Treasury Head made it illegal to melt down currency in order to gain a larger profit. Read it and weep: New rules outlaw melting pennies, nickels for profit.

At Upstate Metal Recycling, we can understand the frustration caused by the inability to scrap these coins, but we can also understand the hassle if we were actually able to collect them.  When taking your items to  a scrap yard the items must be weighed in order to determine authenticity and the price.  When brining in bags/boxes/jars of pennies, many things need to be considered.  The pennies would need to be sifted through to ensure nothing was included in the mix (helping to increase the weight of the change), but also each penny would need to be individually examined to ensure that all were made no later than 1962. Even the thought is tedious!

That’s not to say that one day the ban will be lifted, but for now the penny will just remain a mere collector’s hobby.

At Upstate Metal Recycling we take great pride in taking your legally 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.