Recycling Abandoned Trash and Items

3 Essential Tools For Scrapping Metal

Posted by on 2-02-16 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Essential Tools For Scrapping Metal

If you want to start scrapping metal to put a little extra cash in your pocket, you can just take your scrap to the yard and take what you are offered. If it is something that you plan on doing often, you may want to organize your scrap to get more for your metal. Here are the essential tools that you will need to better separate your scrap to get the most for your labor: 1. Magnets To Separate Different Metal Types That Are More Or Less Valuable If you have various metals to scrap, it will pay to know if they are ferrous or non-ferrous. Even steel can be non-ferrous alloy, such as stainless steel, and it is substantially more valuable than ferrous steel. Other metals that are non-ferrous include aluminum, copper, lead, tin and zinc. You can use a magnet to test if a metal is ferrous, since most ferrous metals will have magnetic properties. Magnets are great tools to use to separate your metals. 2. Testing Kit And Optional Metal Detector To Find Precious And Semi-Precious Metals While it may pay to know whether a metal is ferrous or non-ferrous, you may want to be able to know a little more. For metals like silver and gold, there are simple testing kits that will tell you what the metal is. The precious metals can often be found in things like electronics and electrical equipment. For other metals, you may want to have a metal detector that gives you readings on the different types of metals in objects. 3. Hammers And Hand Tools To Dismantle Items  Once you know what different metals are, you will be ready to separate them from the items that you find. To do this, you will want to have plenty of hand tools. Hammers, a good hacksaw and metal snips can be a good start for your tool kit. You may also want to have crowbars of various sizes to pry things apart. A replicating saw can also be a good tool to have to break down items into piles of different metals. When you separate the metals from objects, it does not have to be pretty, but you will want to make sure that the metals are not mixed. These are some of the essential tools that you will need to organize your scrap metal to get the most cash. If you have metal that you are ready to recycle, contact a scrap metal service like Summit Recycling of Penn Hills and talk with them about selling the metal you have...

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Three Reasons Why You Cannot Refine Gold On Your Stove At Home

Posted by on 11-11-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Reasons Why You Cannot Refine Gold On Your Stove At Home

It is a very difficult and complicated process to refine or recycle gold. Gold refining requires a lot more than just heat from a bunsen burner and a general knowledge of chemistry. Here are three reasons why you cannot perform gold refining techniques on your stove at home and why you should leave gold refining to a refinery. The Crucible The crucible is not just a movie or an idea–it is the main piece of equipment in the gold refining process. The crucible is a small cauldron of sorts that can withstand the intense temperatures needed to remove impurities from gold. In it, the refinery places small amounts of impure gold and iron ore. When the two are melted together in the crucible, the iron ore removes all other metals from the gold except silver. (Silver is not drawn to or absorbed by iron ore the way many other metals are, so the silver content remains trapped within the gold that is being recycled.) Even when refining or purifying small amounts of gold, a refinery does not substitute any other type of receptacle for a crucible because of the crucible’s well-established abilities to withstand the sustained high temperatures in gold refinement and recycling processes. The Blast Furnace This extremely hot oven burns between 1,300 degrees and over 2,000 degrees. When extracting impurities from gold via the use of iron ore, the blast furnace is burning on the hotter end of this temperature spectrum. There is no way for you to reconstruct a blast furnace in your own home or on your own property because of the size of most metallurgical blast furnaces and the amount of pressurized air and sustained, extreme heat needed to produce results.  Two Kinds of Highly Reactive Acid One of the final steps for gold refining is using nitric acid and hydrochloric acid (the kind that eats holes through soft tissues and other objects) to separate the gold (and whatever silver is present) from the iron ore composites. The highly reactive acids keep these metals separated so that the refinery can harvest the gold flakes, liquid and/or bits from the acid bath. Unless you know your way around acids and safety equipment (which not everybody does) and have an acid-proof tub, it probably would not something you could safely accomplish at home. For that reason and the previously mentioned reasons above, gold recycling and refining processes are best left to the gold refineries who can control each of these steps and provide the equipment, heat, and chemicals needed to purify gold. For professional gold refining and recycling, contact a company such as Mid-States Recycling &...

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FAQs of E-Waste

Posted by on 9-09-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on FAQs of E-Waste

The rising amount of electronic waste is a concern that is growing each year. According to the United Nations, up to 50 million tons of electronic waste is added to the world’s landfills annually. To help ensure that you are part of the solution and not the problem, here is what you need to know.  What Is Electronic Waste? Electronic waste, or e-waste, refers to the unwanted electronics that are no longer used by consumers. For instance, when you buy a newer version of your mobile phone and toss the old one in the trash, it becomes e-waste. Due to constant advancements in technology, e-waste is consistently growing around the world. What Can You Do with Your Waste? Instead of tossing your old electronics in the trash, you have several options for dealing with them. One of your first options is to donate the electronics to a local organization. Many organizations repurpose the old electronics and use them to help consumers. For instance, old mobile phones that are donated to women’s shelters are commonly given to domestic violence victims so that they have a way to contact emergency services if needed.  Another method of dealing with your e-waste is to take it to a recycler. E-waste recycling centers make sure your waste is properly disposed of, which means a decreased harmful impact on the environment. According to the website, 356,274 pounds of copper and 75 pounds of gold can be reclaimed from 1 million mobile phones.  Some recycling programs have the option to repair old electronics and donate or sell them to individuals and organizations. Go to sites of local recycling centers to find the one closest to you. How Can You Prepare for Recycling? Before donating or recycling your electronics, it is important that you take steps to remove any identifying information from them. For instance, use your mobile phone’s menu to reset the phone to its original factory settings. To remove your information from a computer, run an erasing application. There are several such applications available online to download and use on your computer.  Can You Reduce Your Waste? One of the ways you can reduce your e-waste is to be smarter about your purchases. For instance, when purchasing a new mobile phone, pay close attention to the reviews. You want to find a phone that is most likely to last a few years. The longer you are able to hold onto your electronics, the last waste you create.  E-waste recycling and donating are not just ways to get rid of old electronics you no longer want or need; it is a chance to help the...

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Make A Trash Removal Plan Before Your Next Move

Posted by on 9-09-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Make A Trash Removal Plan Before Your Next Move

Moving takes a lot of work. You have to go through and pack up your house and figure out what to do with everything that you don’t want to keep, on top of cleaning up your old home and preparing your new home for your move. In order to reduce the stress of moving, make sure that you have a trash removal plan in mind before you start the moving process. Here are a few ways you can manage the trash that a moving generates. Start Going Through Things Early One way to reduce the amount of trash that you have to deal with on your moving day and the days leading up to your move is to spread out the process. As soon as you know that you will be moving, start going through each room of your house. If you don’t have the time to go through a room a day, pick a side or an area of each room to go through each day. As you go through each section of your home, throw away items that you don’t need and create a donation pile. By slowly going through your home, over the course of a month or so, you’ll be able to spread out the trash that your move generates over multiple trash days. You will also be able to identify items that you can donate instead of throw away, and you can drop these items off on a weekly basis as you make your way through your house. Arrange For The Disposal Of Large Items If you have any large items that you don’t want to donate or take with you, you’ll need to arrange for their disposal. If you have a pick-up truck, you can load up these large items and take them to your local dump. However, if you don’t have a truck, you can still get rid of larger items. Most waste management companies will pick up larger items for an additional fee. In order to have your larger items picked up, you’ll need to call your waste management company. They may be able to pick them up on your regular garbage day; however, many waste management companies pick up larger items on a different day with a different truck than the one that picks up your regular garbage. Most waste management companies will ask you to leave your large items on the curb for pick-up; they will not come into your house or yard to pick up items. You may need to get someone to help you move these items out to the curb. Make sure you arrange any assistance you need before pick-up day. Rent A Dumpster If you already know that you will be getting rid of a large quantity of items, and that you will not be able to spread out your trash over a couple of weeks, you may want to rent a dumpster. Renting a dumpster allows you all the room that you need to get rid of both small and large items without worrying about overflowing your trash can. Before you start planning your next move, make sure you develop a trash plan for moving. You can spread out the trash you generate by going through your home slowly over the course of a...

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Location, Location, Location: Picking The Right Spot For A Dumpster Rental

Posted by on 9-09-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Location, Location, Location: Picking The Right Spot For A Dumpster Rental

If you have a large amount of waste that needs to be recycled, then renting a dumpster is a good way to take care of it. But before you do, it’s important that you remember just how heavy a full dumpster can be. That weight means that it’s important to choose the right location for the dumpster as well as prepare that location properly. Concrete If you have a concrete driveway or an area of concrete pavement, you’re in luck – concrete is the perfect location for a dumpster. In fact, you don’t even need to prepare a concrete surface as long as it is in good shape. If your concrete is fractured or cracked, however, this can compromise its strength, so having it repaired may prevent the dumpster from damaging it further. Asphalt Most people’s driveways are made from asphalt, and asphalt requires a little more preparation than concrete. One of the reasons why asphalt is so popular as a paving material is that it is more flexible than concrete, and this flexibility means that it’s possible for a heavy object like a dumpster to leave an impression in an asphalt surface. First of all, you should consider the temperature where the dumpster will be. Asphalt gets softer as it heats up. If you’re renting a dumpster during cool weather, this may not be a problem at all; if it’s summer, on the other hand, soft asphalt is a worry. If possible, try to find a shaded area for the dumpster so that the asphalt is not being warmed by the sun. Another option is to protect the asphalt by distributing the weight of the dumpster. If the asphalt is likely to be hot or if the pavement is less than a year old, you should definitely do this to prevent possible deformation of the pavement. To distribute a dumpster’s weight, place a sheet of plywood underneath the wheels. The plywood may crack apart, but it will protect the pavement below. Grass or Dirt Unpaved ground should be the absolute last resort for dumpster placement. The weight of even an empty dumpster can damage grass or bare earth, compressing the areas underneath the wheels and causing large impressions in the ground. If the weather turns rainy, the muddy ground can even cause the dumpster’s wheels to become stuck, and the earth will be chewed up when it’s time for the dumpster to be towed away. If you have to place a dumpster on grass or dirt, consider renting a smaller dumpster and have it emptied multiple times. This will help keep the weight down. In addition, it’s absolutely crucial that you put down plywood for the dumpster to stand on in order to protect the ground beneath it. To rent roll off dumpsters, contact a company such as East Central Sanitation &...

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Teaching The Value Of Recycling By Cleaning Your Town’s Streets

Posted by on 9-09-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Teaching The Value Of Recycling By Cleaning Your Town’s Streets

If you are the leader of an environmental group, scouting group, or teacher to students learning about the Earth’s valuable resources, you may want to consider hosting a town cleanup event to help beautify the area and teach participants about the value of recycling. Here are some tips you can incorporate into your cleanup efforts, leaving your town with pristine streets while allowing those who help out to feel great about doing their part in taking care of the environment. Get The Word Out Let those in your group or class know of your intentions and see if they have friends or family members who wish to give a helping hand. Advertise on a local radio station, place flyers in town establishments, and spread the word via social media. Consider holding a contest to see who can collect the most trash. This will entice people to join as there will be some friendly competition, allowing participants a chance of winning a prize or bragging rights. Inform Trash Service If you plan on collecting large amounts of trash or recycling, you will want to have dumpsters delivered to collect refuse. If you have a local recycling service available, you can have participants visit together to learn how the items they had collected will be separated and reused. If the recycling needs to be hauled away to a recycling plant, make sure the dumpster company you work with has separate containers specifically for recycling. Hand Out Materials On the day of the event, give each participant a few garbage bags to place their items within. Have each person bring along a pair of gloves so they are not touching refuse as they are collecting it. Have participants separate items collected by putting trash in dark-colored bags and recyclables in light-colored bags. If you are holding a contest, give each participant stickers with their name on them so they can place them on each bag they fill up. Have members leave the garbage bags on the side of the road. Designate a friend with a pickup truck to collect these bags to bring back to the dumpster area.  Compile The Trash When everyone is done collecting trash, have them meet at the dumpster area to see how much they had found on the streets. Separate light-colored bags from dark-colored bags so the items are placed in the proper dumpsters. If you are holding a contest, have someone tally the number of bags as they are thrown into the dumpsters. Make sure to take pictures, so your participants can be recognized by displaying the photos in a local paper or via social media sites. For help with any recycling equipment you may need, contact a company like C-TEC Compactors &...

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Making Money Recycling Junk Cars: How To Get Better Profits

Posted by on 9-09-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Making Money Recycling Junk Cars: How To Get Better Profits

When it comes to junking old cars, you can make a lot of money in recycling them. Running or not, cars that are no longer in use contain a lot of valuable metal, and even the tires can be worth money. If you want to get the most out of junk cars, learn how to make better profits. Here’s how you can get the most money for recycling junk cars. Make sure they run Most junkyards or recycling centers will charge a fee for picking up a junk car, which means you end up losing money in the sale. If you can, only junk cars that are still running but otherwise too expensive to repair. Or, make sure you have a trailer so you can haul nonworking junk cars to their destination yourself for recycling. You avoid convenience and transportation fees in doing this. Call around Every junkyard will give you a different price for your junk car, so call around for the best deal. Make sure you know the make and model of your junk car and its overall condition so you can get an accurate quote. Some recycling centers and junkyards are interested in tires while others are not, and this can affect your final selling price. You want to know all these things prior to choosing a recycling center to sell your car to. Remove working parts If you really want to make money with junk cars, consider removing all the working parts of the vehicle prior to selling the body to a recycling plant. Valuable parts include the battery, solenoid, starter, tires, and water pump. Other valuable parts, especially if you are junking an older car, are aesthetic (light covers, steering wheel, bucket seats, etc). You can sell these parts individually and still scrap the remaining body of the vehicle to a recycling plant for the best profit.  You can sell the parts to a junkyard or sell them individually online or in your local newspaper. This process may take more time, but if you have a lot of vehicles to recycle and many of them have parts worth keeping, you can make a nice side profit in selling used parts. When you are in the business of making money with junk cars, you can maximize your profits in a few ways. From selling the body of the vehicle independent from usable parts to price shopping before you sell, you can make the most of this venture. Visit TVM Recycling for more information about junk car...

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Check for Reusable Parts and Materials before Dumping Computers

Posted by on 9-09-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Check for Reusable Parts and Materials before Dumping Computers

Getting rid of an old or broken computer can be like throwing hundreds of dollars out onto the street. There are a lot of valuable parts, either for reuse and repair or through the recycling system. Before putting the old computer on the curb, consider recovering a few parts that may be worth your time. Memory Modules Are Sturdy Memory modules (also known as random access memory or RAM) are used to make your computer faster by offering a faster area for fetching commonly used files. Instead of searching a large, potentially slow hard drive for the same information hundreds of times per second, the memory holds these common files for whenever the processor needs the information. The modules resemble small, rectangular chips and are among the sturdiest of the computer parts. Although it’s not wise to leave electronics and sensitive computer parts lying around, many experienced computer technicians have old, working memory modules simply sitting around in drawers and cabinets.  You can save the memory to use in a new computer. With more memory, your next computer could become even faster or be less susceptible to slowing down when more programs (or more powerful programs) are added to the system.  The one downside to saving memory is that different generations are not compatible with each other. To prevent accidental generation mismatch, there is a physical notch in the memory module and a peg in the module’s installation bay that must match up. Old memory modules can be recycled just as any other type of electronics, and it is encouraged in order to keep electronic waste (e-waste) low. The Hard Drive Has Valuable Materials Hard drives can be recycled as well, and are more easily swapped between different computer generations than memory modules are. The two main standards of consumer computer hard drives involve two connections: Serial ATA (L-shaped) and Parallel ATA (rectangle bar). The two standards are interchangeable with adapters, and the main difference is transfer speed. You can easily add your old hard drive to a new computer to access your old files. You could also format (erase or wipe) the hard drive to keep it as a bit of extra storage that doesn’t affect the computer’s performance with the main hard drive’s higher speed. Hard drives have a more finite life cycle than components such as memory because of the wear and tear that takes place. If your hard drive is scratched or worn out beyond use value, you can take it apart for the recyclable materials. The casing is made out of aluminum, and there are often gold or platinum layers of plating on the platters inside hard drives. Another unique recyclable material is the group of rare earth magnets used to hold certain small parts together. These magnets have their own recycling market demand with hobbyists as well as the general recycling system. Contact a curbside recycling professional to arrange for pickup of materials you don’t want to keep from your old computer to ensure that it arrives at a recycling center like Industrial Services...

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Did Your DIY Ex Leave A Garage Full Of Stuff? 5 Things That Cannot Be Thrown Away

Posted by on 9-09-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Did Your DIY Ex Leave A Garage Full Of Stuff? 5 Things That Cannot Be Thrown Away

Having years together with someone could mean having years of stuff piling up throughout your home and your garage. If your ex was a DIY type of person and left behind a mess, you may be ready to get rid of it all. However, you should be careful of what you throw away. Besides being bad for the environment wasting away in a landfill, there are some items that could land you with a fine. Be cautious of these five items that should be disposed of properly. 1. Electronics It may surprise most people, but you shouldn’t toss electronics in the trash. Most electronics, like TVs, cell phones, clocks, cameras, and computers, contain high amounts of damaging metals. These metals don’t break down properly when placed in landfills. The best way to get rid of electronics is to take them to a recycling center. Many stores also offer trade-in credit for electronics that are brought in, which can add up to a nice amount of cash. 2. Lightbulbs You can dispose of most light bulbs in a regular trash can. However, fluorescent bulbs have a bit of mercury inside, which can cause issues if the bulb is ever broken. Several home improvement stores offer disposal services. 3. Paint While it may be tempting to dump a can of paint down a drain or throw it in the trashcan, this can lead to some harmful chemicals getting into the environment. This is true for any varnishes, strippers, or stains as well. If the containers are full, they can usually be returned where you purchased them without a hassle. Partially used containers can be taken to waste centers or donated to places that might need the extras, like schools or non-profit organizations. 4. Batteries Very few people know how to dispose of batteries properly. Because batteries contain certain metals that are harmful to the environment, most must be disposed of in a specific manner. Most home improvement or electronic stores accept recycled batteries. Turn in alkaline, zinc-carbon, lithium, and zinc batteries to a household hazardous waste (HHW) facility. Watch batteries can be turned into jewelry or watch stores. 5. Motor Oil Like paint, it can be tempting to throw the motor oil away or wash it down a drain. However, pouring motor oil out improperly is illegal in many places. This is because motor oil can soak into the ground or pollute water treatment plants. In fact, it takes very little oil to contaminate large quantities of water. Thankfully, motor oil can be disposed of at most automotive stores or local mechanics. If there are none around, it can be taken to most recycling centers. Cleaning out an exes old things won’t just clean a space, it will begin the process of healing from the broken relationship. As long as you dispose of the DIY items properly, cleaning it out will be the perfect start to a new life and avoid fines. For a recycling center near you, contact a company such as Uribe Refuse Services...

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There Is More To Recycling Than Separating Your Paper And Plastics, and Trash: Items Your Restaurant Should Be Separating

Posted by on 8-08-15 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on There Is More To Recycling Than Separating Your Paper And Plastics, and Trash: Items Your Restaurant Should Be Separating

No matter what type of restaurant you run, part of your social responsibility includes the proper disposal of commercial trash. If you have recycling trash cans at all the work stations, and large bins out back for paper and plastics, it is a good start. Many other items are used and thrown away during the course of the business that could be recycled. Here are a few examples of things you need to be separating from your regular trash. Organic Products If you run a restaurant there is a lot of food that goes to waste. If you toss it in with the rest of your trash, and it goes to a landfill, it will decompose and release methane gas into the atmosphere. Methane is one of the gases that contributes to global warming. Talk with your commercial trash removal company about having a separate bin for organic wasted that can be turned into compost for enriching the soil. Electronic Products When it comes to the back office, where the computer is for the business aspect of the restaurant, there is more opportunity for recycling. If a product has a cord, even if it is one that is only used for charging the item, it should not be tossed in with the regular trash. Most electronic items contain some type of hazardous material, such as mercury, lead or even toner dust. You may not have the need for a regular pick up of these items. Have a box or bin where employees can toss old cell phones, computer accessories and other worn electronic devices. When the bin gets full, schedule a special pick up with your removal company so they can be recycled into new products. Hazardous Wastes Restaurants require a lot of cleaning products, and cleaning products are hazardous wastes. If the substance is considered to something that may cause any type of health issue, or is flammable or explosive, it needs to be disposed of with care and not just put in a landfill. Commercial trash removal companies, like E.L. Harvey & Sons, are equipped to properly dispose of or recycle these wastes in a manner that will not cause harm to humans, animals or the environment. Getting rid of the trash and waste products of your restaurant needs to be done responsibly. Your customers will take notice of your actions and feel better about their relationship with you. This will have them choosing you over competitors who do not take their social responsibilities serious. Proper recycling and handling of commercial trash makes good business sense, and makes you feel good...

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