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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.

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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.

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.

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!

The summer season is a popular time to get your car into tiptop shape.  Have you recently checked on the longevity of your car battery?  If your car battery is on the fritz often times you’ll replace it with a new one at the location of your purchase, but did you know that car batteries are recyclable?

If at the time of purchase you do no receive any money towards a new battery with the exchange of your old one, think about scrapping your battery.  A car battery withholds 60-80% of recycled plastic and lead.

If you’re handling the car battery on your own make sure to take the proper precautions.  Don’t forget to wear protective clothing and gloves, especially if the battery is leaking!  When transporting the battery make sure that it’s in a container and is stored upright. Take the proper precautions and you’ll be happy with the profit.

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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Do you know the rules when it comes to collecting scrap metal? Many innocent people looking to make some extra cash fail to realize that their collection tactics may not fully be legal.  Upstate Metal Recycling in Fort Wayne, Indiana wants your scrap but only if it’s collected fairly, and legally. Following those two rules can provide you with a hefty payout.

ScrapMetalJunkie.com has posted an article to help scrappers understand the basic rules of scrap collection. This articles main purpose is to ensure that collectors aren’t stealing scrap from area garbage cans without the proper permission. Wouldn’t you much rather be making money by turning in your scrap to Upstate instead of having to paying for a ticket that you collected while rummaging through your neighbors trash?

Here’s the full length article:

Collecting Scrap That Has Been Thrown Out

Scrap Metal collection is a great idea; But then again, so are a lot of things. It doesn’t, however, mean any of them are legal. So, what does law have in store for those who are scrapping waste picked from other’s garbage? Could The police one day pop out from around the corner and give you a ticket. Or worse?

For hundreds of years, waste materials have been considered property of the public. This precedent dates back to the oldest of laws in Europe and Native American practices in North America. To quote my neighbor’s retort, “Yeah, so were public executions, that doesn’t mean they should be legal today…What’s your point?”

Well, the difference between this law and any of our other archaic laws is that this one doesn’t infringe on anyone’s rights, nor is it inhumane. Now, if you use people’s garbage to do immoral things, those immoral things should and are (usually) already illegal. For example, taking someone’s confidential credit card information or stealing their identity would be completely illegal. The fact that you picked that information from the garbage didn’t make it a crime. Even if it were illegal to dumpster dive, would that stop somebody who is trying to steal that information? Would it stop somebody who is looking for food?

As a scrapper, you aren’t snooping around in someone’s garbage to steal their identity; you are harvesting clearly abandoned scrap metal. There has never been, nor ever will be, anything immoral about picking up scrap metal and keeping it out of landfills.

There is a common misconception that scrapping is keeping money out of the pockets of our government, or raising taxes, or some other crazy lie. I don’t know how that started, I don’t know why it started, but I bet it is because of some tight-ass, paranoia-stricken delusion-oids. If you are one who is afraid of people salvaging your scrap metal, why?

None the less, local laws/ordinances make it a ticket-able offense to take scrap metal from the trash. I don’t know how that helps much of anything. People can simply ask homeowners for permission before they pick things up to scrap them. All the law is doing is drawing attention to the fact that people are scrapping, not stifling it. It’s dumb.

When you take your trash to the curb, you are placing it in the public domain. It is becoming public property as it is sitting on the government-owned fringe property waiting for the city’s publicly contracted waste management service to pick it up. If your garbage has not been put to the street, if you have a private dumpster that is locked, or if your have set your scrap in a green recycling bin then nobody should be messing with it without permission. If somebody does, then you can call the police.

The precedent of legal trash picking was confirmed by the United States Congress in the famous California v. Greenwood case.

Keeping Your Truck Street Legal

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As a scrapper one thing to be careful of is letting your truck “overflow” with garbage. An expensive way to solve this problem is to put on a truck bed cap, or start driving a van. An easy way to solve this problem is to not drive on main roads without first strapping all of your junk down with some simple ratchet straps.

Once you’ve collected your scrap the legal way, bring it to Upstate Metal Recycling on Bluffton Rd. Upstate is more than happy to help you exchange the scrap you collected (legally) for cash.  Upstate Metal Recycling takes great pride in giving you a great deal on all 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.

Spring time is a great time to purchase a new car! Did you know there’s another alternative to trading your car into the dealership for a new ride?

Scrapping your vehicle can bring you big bucks! Marty Henry at Upstate Metal Recycling in Fort Wayne, Indiana wants to make departing with your car as easy as possible. At Upstate, we are very straight forward and honest with our pricing for vehicles.

We do not inflate our prices to sound better than the other yards around town. We offer fair market value for your vehicle and we offer Free Towing to our yard on Bluffton Road. You can rest assured that once you have done business with Upstate Metal Recycling, that you will be satisfied with the Honesty we provide.

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