Austin Recycling Guide

By now, most of us don’t need to be convinced of recycling’s benefits: converting used materials to new products is pretty much a no-brainer, since it saves valuable resources, reduces landfill waste, and keeps trash out of rivers and oceans. Austin recycling is no different.    Luckily, Austinites have a pretty great track record where recycling is concerned. Austin’s current …

Could Austin Recycling Costs Be on the Rise?

If you’re like most people, you don’t think too much about your recycling rates. But new restrictions could mean less revenue for US recycling centers, and residents may pay the price. All across the country, resource recovery programs are having to rethink their monthly rates to absorb budget deficits—and Austin is not immune. Until recently, materials gathered from Austin recycling …

Austin metal recycling laws

What Are the Requirements to Sell Scrap Metal in Austin, TX?

The State of Texas Department of Public Safety oversees regulation of metal recycling facilities in the Lone Star State. They set requirements for those wishing to sell scrap metal to metal recycling centers. At Gardner Metals, we honor the rules and regulations of the State of Texas and City of Austin. For a list of all regulated metals and the …

demolition services

Why Hire a Scrap Metal Demolition Service

Demolishing a site is often the first step in a new construction process, and it’s also one of the most expensive. A conventional demolition service can cost upwards of $20,000 for a large building, which is a lot of money to spend on just clearing the grounds. Scrap metal clearing costs significantly less. Metal recycling centers disassemble and deconstruct your …

How Green are Electric Cars When They Die? Recycling Low- and No-Emissions Vehicles

How green is your electric car, really? Cars and trucks generate about one-fifth of US carbon emissions, so buying electric is a great way to cut back on some of that CO2. However, figuring out your electric car’s actual environmental impact throughout its lifespan is a little more complicated than that. The carbon dioxide produced during manufacturing and charging—and what …

Scrap Metal Shavings: A Secret Source of Cash

Ready to “shave” some money off your manufacturing overhead? All puns aside, recycling scrap metal shavings and other manufacturing by-products can be very cost effective. Recycling creates an additional source of revenue for your manufacturing business, and it helps you offset production costs. A Wealth of Revenue Under Your Feet All day, every day, your manufacturing processes generate metal. Scrap …

Scrap Metal Recycling for Construction Companies

No matter how carefully the architect plans the job design, every project generates some waste. And if there’s demolition involved in the job, at the end of the day, you could be hauling off tons of debris — or paying someone else to do it for you. But have you ever considered scrap metal recycling as part of your demolition …

The Most Important Items to Recycle

While we mostly focus on metal recycling here at Gardner Metals, we believe that all forms of recycling are important. And while recycling may be a pain sometimes, don’t be overwhelmed. Our list is focused on the most important items to recycle.   When you consider just how much stuff gets thrown out every day, it becomes very clear how …

Machine Shop Scrap Metal: A Secret Cash Source

From the long hours to the demanding physicality of the job, there’s no doubt that machinists work hard. And running a shop takes a tough disposition too. After all, machining is a competitive industry, with high overhead costs. Between labor, tooling costs, raw materials and operational expenses, the margins can get a little slim. And that’s not even counting trash …

Scrap Metal Prices and What Influences Them

  “Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes…” Sure, David Bowie probably wasn’t talking about scrap metal prices when he sang those lyrics, but they’re nonetheless applicable. Market prices for scrap metals are constantly in flux. In fact, the price for a particular metal is subject to change at any time, so scrap metal prices today may be completely different tomorrow. Of course, it’s not just …