Archive for the ‘copper’ Category

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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We’ve recently come across an article that’s incredibly beneficial to those venturing into the art of scrap metal recycling. If you’re struggling to get started, there’s no better place than to start looking in your own home. This particular info-graphic from Sims Metal Management helps to single out five places in your home to search out scrap metal.

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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.

It’s safe to say that owning a microwave is a staple for every American household. Even though we may not use the power of the heat waves everyday, we certainly use this device for convenience at least a few times a week. But what happens when your microwave heats its last meal?

…Easy, you’re left with a huge (and heavy) pile of junk.  HOLD THAT THOUGHT, FRIEND! You can easily scrap your microwave for a few bucks!

The guts inside your microwave consist of a magnetron, wire, a small motor, transformers, and a large capacitor. The magnetron is full of copper and is responsible for generating working energy from electricity.   Along with the transformer, this part can be sold at motor price. When it comes to the transformer, you can either sell this piece at motor price, or remove the copper wire (more time consuming).

Even though a microwave doesn’t withhold precious metals, it can still fetch you a little extra cash from a scrapyard…or even on eBay!

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.

 

Now that the fall weather is upon us your backyard pool is closed until the spring season.  If your pool is due for a new heater next spring, why not scrap your old one now?

Did you know:

If you take apart your pool heater you’ll find multiple pieces that are able to be scrapped.  The heater contains several copper pipes that can amount to more than 10lbs. Currently at Upstate, copper is going for up to $2.70 a pound.

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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.

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We’re starting to sound like a broken record when it comes to writing about the increase in scrap metal thefts, but this has become a true problem.  An article was recently published on NBCNews.com discussing how copper theft has become like a nationwide epidemic.  Read the article here.

The article states,

“Ten years ago, copper futures traded at 80 cents a pound on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  By 2006, they were at $4 a pound.  They are now trading at about $3 a pound, lower than seven years ago but still 375% higher than 2003.”

Although copper can be a difficult item to trace, scrap yards and the authorities are working together to try and track down these thieves. We all understand the importance of making a decent living, but we do not condone stealing!

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!

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Summer is approaching and what better way to welcome it than with a new grill? Of course, scrounging up with money for a new barbeque may not be within everyone’s budget unfortunately.  But before you make the idea of a deliciously cooked steak disappear, consider scrapping your old grill for some extra cash.

But how?

First it’s important to identify the types of metals your grill actually contains. The metals you should find are:

  • Stainless steel: These pieces will not be magnetic and are used mainly for aesthetic purposes.  You’ll find more stainless steel in a higher market grill.
  • Cast metal/zinc or aluminum: More than likely this is used for the top and bottom of the grill chamber.
  • Propane tank: It’s best not to scrap your propane tank, just reuse it!
  • Brass: Brass is also not magnetic. You’ll find most brass pieces in the knobs and other fittings.
  • Other mixed metals: The unused portions of your grill (whatever’s left) will fall into the mixed metal category.

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 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.