What We Buy: Aluminum

Aluminum—the stuff your soda can is made of—is a pretty amazing metal. It comprises about eight percent of Earth’s land mass and is one of the most commonly used nonferrous (not iron-based) metals around. Aluminum is one of the easiest products to recycle, since it can be melted down and fashioned into new products infinitely. At Gardner Metals, we love …

What Exactly Is Scrap Metal?

Your watch, your belt buckle, the components inside the computer or phone you’re using to read this article: metal is all around us, helping us do everything from storing food to driving around town. But when your watch breaks, your belt wears out or you get a new computer, that metal doesn’t go away. Instead, it becomes scrap: discarded metal …

Electronic Recycling: How Does it Work?

176 pounds: That’s the amount of e waste generated by the average US family every year. Every day, thousands of discarded computers, tablets and other electronics are carted off to fill landfills around the world when they could have been taken to an electronics recycling center. All that computer disposal adds up. At the end of 2017, environmental experts predicted …

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What Not to Put in Your Austin Recycling Bin

You’ve finally trained yourself not to pitch those soda cans in the regular old trash can—but there’s a lot more to recycling than that. In fact, recycling is as much about what you keep out of the bin as what you put in it. Contaminating recycling streams with the wrong materials slows down the process, since employees have to stop …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …