Posts Tagged ‘scrap metal’

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?

We can’t help but feel like a daily topic on the news is the subject of Global Warming. We’re not shooting down the idea that Global Warming exists, we are however wondering if there are bigger issues playing a role in this ‘mega meltdown.’ Don’t you think that in addition to the solving the world’s glacier melting problems that we should be putting more effort into helping prevent it?

The essential decline of our planet due to our carbon emissions and the disappearance of forests can almost be elevated if a bigger emphasis is made on recycling materials instead of wasting them. Yes, being a scrapyard we definitely promote recycling but doesn’t it just make more sense to put forth more effort into fixing the world’s recycling problem first? Or at least putting the issue of Global Warming and Recycling in the same playing field?

What are you thoughts?

Should we work on focusing more on Recycling to help reduce Global Warming further?

Or

Should we work more trying to fix the issues that Global Warming has already caused?

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 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.

Many of you have dropped off your scrap metal at a scrap yard several times before, but have you ever stopped to question the recycling process?

…Sure your items are weighed and in exchange you get paid for your scrap. But of course, a much thorough process happens during scrap metal recycling.

  • When you first arrive at your chosen scrap yard (Upstate Metal Recycling) the metal is sorted and weighed, and then you are given an on the spot payment.
  • The sorted metal is brought to the smelter or furnace, where it is melted down at very high temperatures.   All of the different kinds of metal go through a different smelter.
  • Once the metals are melted into liquid form, they are molded into ingots. Ingots are small solid metal bars that can later be remolded into reusable products.
  • The ingots are sent out to other companies who re-melt them and make them into various products.

Isn’t the thought of your old scrap being melted into new products uncanny?!

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 the world becoming more and more technology reliant savvy, it seems as though a new tech gadget comes out on the daily.  We all seem to want the best, the fastest and the easiest electronics on the market. If you think about it, even cell phone providers are creating plans that include switching out your cell phone on a six month basis in order to get the newest model…

This isn’t a bad thing, it’s important to be up with the times and technology literate…but there is one downside to the increasing need for new tech products.  What about the E*Waste?

Mashable.com recently wrote an article stating that the amount of E*Waste worldwide is going to increase by at least 33%  by 2017.  E*Waste like other types of hazardous waste is bad for our environment if disposed of improperly. It’s time to take initiative! The article states, “We are a little bit behind compared with countries in the European Union…European countries have had established e-waste recycling programs for more than 10 years, whereas only 25 U.S. states have started similar programs, Linnell said.”

Read the entire article here!

Although the amount of e-waste is on the rise, the amount of e-waste recycling is also on the rise. More and more recycling centers/scrapyards are becoming e-waste friendly to help decrease the amount of waste ending up in a landfill. Don’t forget that every little bit helps!

Do you recycle your E-Waste?

 Are you going to start recycling your E-Waste?

 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.