Posts Tagged ‘Fort Wayne Indiana’

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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.

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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.

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As you all know, this past Monday was the ever important Earth Day! As a local scrap yard in Fort Wayne area, we truly love nothing more than the satisfaction of knowing all the scrap we collect not only puts money in your pocket…but helps the environment by eliminating unnecessary waste.

Here’s a reminder of the benefits of scrap recycling:

The National Geographic states,

“Consider the true cost of a product over its entire life—from harvesting the raw materials to creating, consuming, and disposing of it—and the scale tips dramatically in recycling’s favor. Every shrink-wrapped toy or tool or medical device we buy bears the stamp of its energy-intensive history: mountains of ore that have been mined (bauxite, say, for aluminum cans), coal plants and oil refineries, railcars, assembly lines. A product’s true cost includes greenhouse gases emitted in its creation as well as use, and pollutants that cause acid rain, smog, and fouled waterways.”

It’s important to take part in recycling weekly with your city pick-up but also to partake in scrap metal recycling. Scrap metal exports are one of the largest in the US and by recycling metals, we reduce the amount of ore drilling throughout the world.

Some of these metals include copper, steel, aluminum, brass, iron and wires, but they are often tossed in the garbage due to the lack of knowledge and sources for metal recycling. At Upstate, we’re here to help educate the community to keep an eye out for those opportunities to grab some metal and bring it to the right place.

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.

Taking your unused/collected metal, steel, brass and copper to the scrapyard is more popular than ever these days.  Upstate Metal Recycling in Fort Wayne, Indiana can definitely vouch for that. Ever since Upstate let the community know they were recycling junk cars they see an average of ten cars a week!

Not only do we get several cars a week, but we also get several customer questions. The biggest question those anticipating scrapping have is, “What determines scrap metal prices?”  There are four big factors that can help you decipher scrap metal prices: scrap metal type, geographical location, quantity of scrap metal and current spot metal prices.  When considering these factors, determining your scraps worth becomes a little easier.

1. Scrap Metal Type: Scrap metal is separated into a few different categories.  Copper, lead, steel, brass, etc are all scraps that are acceptable at the local yard.  It becomes a little more difficult when separating these types of metals into further categories, such as copper wire or 18-10 grade stainless steel.  It’s usually best to talk with your local yard before scrapping to ensure you’ve got metal worth selling.

2. Geographical Location: When considering scrapping your metal think about your location.  The prices will be highest in areas that have the most competition.  It may not please you to drive an hour and ‘waste’ $15 in gas…but a more competitive location can make you an additional 15% on your scrap.  Do a little research, you won’t be disappointed.

3. Quality of Scrap Metal: Quality over quantity may work in your favor.

4. Current Spot Metal Prices: Be careful, prices change fairly often.  Most of the times by a few cents.  Upstate Metal Recycling updates the pricing on their website every Wednesday and gladly take phone calls to those interested in our pricing. Pricing is mostly based on refineries.  The more money they make on their refined metal, the more money you can sell your scrap for.

If you live in the Fort Wayne area, scrap with Upstate.  Pretty soon, you’ll be an expert!

It’s the time of year when you’re busy cleaning out your closets, garages and any other areas that have collected clutter throughout the past year.  Yard sales are popping up on every street corner, and unfortunately you’ve joined the masses when it comes to being suckered into the idea that you’re actually going to make a pretty penny selling all your junk this year.

After perusing through your closet space you find plenty of clothes garage sale worthy, but what about all your leftover hangers?  Lets face it, your dry cleaner has provided you with a plethora of wire hangers with absolutely no space to store them.  The quick and easy solution would be to pitch them all out with your yard sale rejects, but what about making some extra pennies by taking them to the scrap yard? Yes, scrap your wire hangers!

The article, What to do with your wire hanger? on Msn.com states,

“Unlike paper and plastic, there is no specific designated recycling bins for disposal of your used wire hangers, so many of us simply throw them away.  This results in 3.5 billion hangers ending up in our landfills each year…According to the National Cleaners Association (NCA), if a wire hanger is returned to a dry cleaner in poor condition then that cleaner could send them to a scrap metal dealer or given them back to the supplier who may have other methods of disposal.  The NCA also suggest that people concerned about this issue should make it a community project.  Run a wire hanger drive or identify a place where your neighbors can gather them up and pass along to a scrap metal dealer.”

Upstate Metal Recycling in Fort Wayne, Indiana would be happy to take your hangers…and all the other scrap including metal, copper, steel, e-waste and even your junk cars!  The bonus with Upstate is if your load is too heavy, they’ll pick it up free of charge! Granted, it’s safe to say you won’t get rich off of the wire hanger recycling business, but at least you’ll be helping the environment at the same time. You may think that throwing away one measly wire hanger fails to be a big issue in our landfills…but those hangers add up. Stop in, call or visit Upstates website.  You won’t be disappointed!

Upstate Metal Recycling
11400 Bluffton Road (St. Rd. 1)
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46809

Phone: 260-747-2000
Fax: 260-918-4155