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Sell It or Scrap It: An Age-Old Conundrum

2021-02-23T02:44:55-06:00Categories: Recycling|

If you get a scrappable item that's in good working order—or close enough to it that you feel you could polish it up—it's often hard to decide whether you should take it down to your local scrap yard or put a little work in and try to sell it yourself. A lot of items that are still perfectly usable end up in recycling and trash facilities over time, and we all know that reusing is just as good for the environment as recycling. How to decide whether or not an item is good for resale?

How to Find (And How to Scrap) Pewter

2021-02-23T02:51:42-06:00Categories: Recycling, Scrap Metals|Tags: , |

Pewter is a metal you don't hear as much about as the ever-popular copper or ubiquitous steel, but it can still have some serious value at the scrap yard. That being said, finding it for scrap can be a real challenge sometimes. Pewter is most often used in decorative objects and silverware, and is most commonly found in antique items. Shopping for potential scrap at antique shops can be tough, because antique dealers usually know what they have and price their items at much greater than their scrap value. However, this can occasionally be a fairly successful way to find this metal for scrap.

The Future of Scrap Metal Recycling

2021-02-23T03:14:05-06:00Categories: Recycling|

It's amazing how much the scrap metal recycling industry—and the world at large—has changed in the past 20 or 30 years. Knowing how much things have changed already, it's impossible not to think about what the industry and our planet will be like 20 or 30 years into the future. Predicting the future is a tough business, but there are plenty of people—from scrap collectors to environmental activists to corporate executives—who are interested in knowing where scrap metal recycling is going.

Can You Recycle Neoprene?

2021-02-23T03:16:24-06:00Categories: How To, Recycling|Tags: |

In the recycling business, one of the most common questions we get is whether or not a particular material can be recycled. The answers can be complicated—for example, some facilities recycle certain products that other facilities don't, and some recyclable materials are valuable while others are not—but we always like to help people get to the bottom of it when it comes to recycling. Neoprene is one of those materials that we get asked about periodically. It is a synthetic rubber material commonly used in wetsuits, work gloves, and electrical insulation, so it's easy enough to find—but can it be used and reused like metals and other recyclable materials?

Post-Christmas Scrap Metal Recycling

2021-02-23T03:17:45-06:00Categories: Recycling|Tags: |

Christmas brings families together and provides fun for young and old alike. However, the extra work at home, the extra money spent on all those gifts, and the mess left by wrapping and decorations can cause some real strain as you go into the New Year. Luckily, recycling can prove a great solution to all of these problems if you think creatively. By recycling everything the holidays leave behind, you can keep the environment thriving for many Christmases to come—and if you find the right things, you can even put some extra cash in your pocket.

Myths About Construction Site Recycling

2021-02-23T03:18:40-06:00Categories: Recycling|Tags: |

Starting up a recycling program at your business's next construction site or demolition job can give huge benefits to the environment and our community by keeping recyclable waste out of local landfills. It can also be beneficial to your business! There are a lot of negative myths about on-site recycling going around in the construction world. Most of these are left over from days gone by, when recycling was much more expensive and less common. However, now it's easy to integrate recycling into your construction or demolition plans. Here are a few of the most common myths, and the positive truths that prove them wrong.

How to Recycle Lawncare Equipment

2021-02-23T03:20:10-06:00Categories: How To, Recycling|Tags: , , , , |

Old lawncare equipment can be a lucrative source for recyclable scrap metal, but dismantling old lawnmowers, edgers, and other outdoor tools can be a real chore. However, with the right tools and know-how, the whole process gets a lot easier, and can even be a lot of fun. Even if you aren't a regular scrapper yet, getting rid of old lawncare and landscaping equipment can be tough, and the money earned from selling your old lawnmowers, weedeaters, and even tractors to a Dallas scrap metal recycler can help offset the costs of an expensive upgrade or replacement.

Set Your Calendar for the November BOPA Event in Dallas

2021-02-23T03:22:49-06:00Categories: Recycling|Tags: , , |

As the Dallas Sanitation Services department tells us, there are some things that simply can't be thrown away in the trash or recycled at municipal recycling centers or paying recycling facilities like Encore Recyclers. This material is important to dispose of properly—but it's also dangerous and difficult to work withHowever, there is a solution! The city of Garland, the city of Dallas, and Encore are all concerned with the health of our community and our environment, so we thought we'd let you know about an upcoming opportunity to dispose of some of your hazardous materials ethically and responsibly. The city of Dallas puts on BOPA collection events a few times every year, and the next one is coming right up on November 11th. Mark your calendars—it's time to do some good in the community by getting rid of these materials the right way.

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