SIDEBAR CONVERSATION: Scrapping for metal

Not relevant to corporate business, but a random thought on making money or maybe just therapeutic for me?

I like the fact that I recycle as much as possible to save the environment, but as I see my actual garbage reduce and my recycling bin increase every week (paying for both cans to the garbage company too), I cannot stand that I am giving away money that can easily be turned into cash by simply bringing it to your local recycling center. Aluminum cans, scrap metal, etc.

I’ve seen someone take some scrap metal from my driveway I neatly piled up during garbage day, probably made a few dollars and immediately I was done giving away my La Croix water cans away for free.

When I was a kid, I used to ride my bike around the neighborhood (actually a highway) since I lived so far out of town and collect cans off the side of the road and bring them in for money. Too young to get a job, but was making a few dollars for candy. I also had people I knew collect cans for me to add to my collection.

The kids I went to school with that seen me doing this definitely made fun of me at the time. It doesn’t look cool riding around on your ten-speed bike with a garbage bag with you, plus I didn’t have sunglasses on at the time either.

I didn’t care. Maybe a little…


Now I can tell you I go to the recycling center today and feel great that I was able to make a few dollars, I drink a lot of La Croix water. It’s better than drinks containing sugar and therapeutic as I smash the cans in my garage knowing I didn’t give a penny a can away to the garbage company I am already paying every month to take it away.

Note: Not debating if carbonated water is not as healthy as regular water. It works for me.

Plus, now I have a magnet with me to test if scrap metal is steel which typically you do not get anything for in my area. If the magnet sticks no money for me.

Call me crazy, but every dollar counts now a days and for me when I see the garbage truck do its weekly pick up. I know I saved a few pennies on each can or metal I didn’t give them. Plus, I don’t get made fun of for doing it since I can discreetly drive it to the recycling center. Maybe my family is behind my back?

Do it for fun if you are able.

Scrap metal recycling, whether it is worth it or not depends on several factors. Here are some considerations:

  1. Market prices: The value of scrap metal fluctuates based on market demand and other economic factors. It’s important to research and stay updated on current scrap metal prices to determine if the returns are worth your effort.
  2. Quantity and quality of scrap: The amount of scrap metal you have and its quality can impact its value. Clean, high-quality metal typically fetches better prices than mixed or contaminated scrap. Larger quantities may also be more valuable due to economies of scale.
  3. Cost of collection and transportation: Consider the expenses associated with collecting and transporting the scrap metal to recycling facilities. If the cost of these activities outweighs the potential earnings, it may not be worth it.
  4. Environmental impact: Scrap metal recycling is beneficial for the environment as it reduces the need for mining and extraction of raw materials. If you prioritize sustainability and reducing waste, the environmental benefits might make it worthwhile.
  5. Local regulations and resources: Ensure you are familiar with local regulations and requirements for scrap metal recycling. Some areas may have specific licensing or permit requirements, and there may be restrictions on certain types of metal or recycling practices.

It’s important to evaluate these factors and assess the specific circumstances before determining whether scrap metal recycling is worth it for you.

Note: This was simply a SIDEBAR CONVERSATION. Rock on!

#La Croix #Recycling #Environment

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