What Happens with My Junk If I Don’t Recycle It?

Here on our blog, we talk all the time about the importance of recycling and the different reasons why it’s crucial for a healthier planet—not to mention for putting more money in your pocket! What we haven’t talked much about is specifically what happens when you don’t recycle your scrap metal and electronics. After all, we strongly believe in the …

How Does Appliance Recycling Work?

If you have old or unused appliances collecting dust in your home, there’s a good chance you’d like them gone—after all, who wants those bulky items going unused and wasting valuable space? But what are your options? What should you do with them? It’s not an uncommon sight to see refrigerators, AC units, washing machines, ovens and stoves, and even …

What Is E-recycling?

Did you know that every day, Americans throw away 142,000 computers and more than 416,000 mobile devices? These computers and mobile devices are an example of electronic waste—or ewaste—that we generate from excess, broken and obsolete electronic devices. Take a moment and think about the smartphones and MacBooks that you’ve replaced with newer models every few years, as well as …

What Is Copper Scrap Worth?

Copper is used in nearly every industry that requires metal materials. Whether you’re an individual with excess copper at home or a contractor with a surplus of copper at your construction site after completing a job, your high-demand copper will always be a winner at scrap yards. After all, its infinitely recyclable life means it can be reused in construction, …

Get to Know Your Steel: 4 Common Types of Scrap Steel

Want an interesting fact for the day? Here’s one of our favorites: steel is the most recycled material on the planet. It makes sense, because steel is found in such a wide range of products that we use in our homes, the cars we drive, job equipment and more. Steel takes relatively little energy to produce, and it has a …

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4 Reasons to Recycle Used Electronics

These days, it seems as though we cycle through more electronics in a few short years than previous generations did in an entire lifetime. Whether it’s time to upgrade to the newest iPhone or replace the tablet that accidentally got dropped into the pool, we upgrade and replace our gadgets to a shocking degree. In fact, the EPA estimates that …

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10 Cool Facts About Aluminum

When you hear the word “aluminum” you probably think of soda cans or the foil you use to cover your leftovers to save for a later meal. You’re not alone in that thinking. Other than knowing it’s a common metal, most people don’t recognize aluminum everywhere they see it—or realize how often they see it. Contrary to what you might …

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Top Reasons to Recycle Construction and Demolition Debris

Recycling at home is one thing—and we can only hope everyone does it already, keeping aluminum, paper material, and plastics separate from the rest of our everyday garbage. After all, most cities offer convenient recycling pickup services, even for apartment dwellers. And some cities—including Seattle, Pittsburgh, and San Diego—have even made recycling mandatory for both residences and businesses. And of …

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Our Favorite DIY Recycled Metal Projects

Recycled metals (like the kind you can find at our Austin recycling center) provide interesting and versatile materials for all kinds of DIY projects, from art sculptures to more utilitarian structures like shelving or tables. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your next art piece or just want some ideas for how to recycle your own metal materials in your …

Industrial Demolition 101: What to Know About Planning a Demolition Project

While home improvement television shows make demolition projects look fun and easy, the truth is that industrial demolition takes serious planning and time to be completed effectively. Before embarking on a major demolition project, you’ll want to consider all aspects of the project, which we’ve compiled here in our Industrial Demolition 101 guide. Planning Stage Every successful industrial demolition starts …