Posts Tagged ‘scrap’

There’s no hiding the fact that as a scrap metal business we love learning about any and all things scrap. While catching up on our daily scrap news we came across an interesting tidbit of knowledge regarding one of the nation’s largest and most well known monuments: The Statue of Liberty.

The Statue Of Liberty has had its home in New York City since the French gifted it to us following the Civil War. It was accepted by the president on October 28, 1886, which makes the beloved statue 128 years old!

Did you know that the Statue Of Liberty is made out of copper and steel. Her outer shell may be deceiving due to her green color, but that’s only because copper tends to turn green once exposed to the elements. The statue weighs about 405,000 Pounds and 305 feet from the base to the tip of the torch, and has about 60,00 pounds of copper and 250,000 pounds of steel. Which means the scrap value of the Statue Of Liberty for copper is about $240,000 and for the steel is about $125,000 for a total of about $365,000 of scrap value! Even though scrapping this timeless piece of history would bring forth quite a bit of cash, the beauty and statement this piece possesses far outweighs it’s worth in scrap.

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.

Let’s be honest…Did you know that the Statue of Liberty was in fact green due to her copper shell?

It’s not secret that we love scrapping cars here at Upstate Metal Recycling. We do however have to admit that the scrap industry most certainly sees its share of ups and downs when it comes to the amount of scrap production as well as pricing.

We got to thinking recently about the car recycling industry… Several news outlets have been discussing the fact that GM has currently recalled over 17 million vehicles from the years 2000-2014. That’s more vehicles than they currently sell in a year. (which was 13 million in 2013 if you’re curious)

…But Upstate Blog Writer, what does that have to do with scrap?

Simple, the car market today is definitely going through some major changes. It may seem as though the trend of buying slightly used cars might seem appealing for the scrap industry, you must take into consideration that cars are made to run a heck of a lot longer than before. (If cared for properly of course!) Long story short, car production is now consuming more scrap than it generates.

What do you suppose could be the solution for this ‘scrap gap’ dilemma?

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.

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.

With Earth Day next week, let us not forget the power of recycling! Here’s a reminder on how easy it is to recycle aluminum cans and how the power of aluminum helps our planet!

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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.

We’re sure you scrap enthusiast have seen your fair share of big time scrap items. Imagine taking on a job deconstructing a U.S. Navy supercarrier! Unfortunately, Upstate Metal Recycling wasn’t chosen for the job, but the article is sure intriguing anyway!

Read the entire article on the Business Insider website (www.businessinsider.com) here: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-us-navys-first-supercarrier-was-sold-for-one-cent-2013-10

How much do you think this Texas yard made for this carrier?  Probably not as much as you think!

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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Are you aware of how to properly dispose of aerosol cans?

–They don’t belong in the trash bin, but how exactly are they recycled?

Check out this video here to get a better knowledge of these pesky cans and their journey to the path of reuse.

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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.

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.’

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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.

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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.

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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.