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Old 09-18-2012, 03:19 PM
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Went down to the metal yard and dumped steel. 0.09 a pound. Down from 0.10.
I'm hoping brass and aluminum don't fall.

Anyone else turn in metals to recycle? What are the rates where you live?
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:25 PM
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As of Saturday 9-15-12 in my region.

Steel $220 ton or 11Ę lb
Alum Cans 65$ lb
Yellow Brass $1.95 lb
#1 copper $3.20 lb
#2 copper $3.00 lb

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Old 09-18-2012, 06:19 PM
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You're a little higher than we are here. Brass has been 1.80 and I think alum cans are .55. I don't know what copper is because I hoard it.
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:22 PM
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Where are you located? Iím in the Chicago area. I too hoard copper, but I needed to cash some in for truck repairs.

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Old 09-18-2012, 07:14 PM
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09/10/12 yellow brass $1.83
#1 copper $2.86
#2 copper $2.67

Winter's coming so I had to tidy up my yard. It wasn't all that bad though. The last time I brought in my #1 copper it was $1.85. Brass was $1.00.
I pulled in $4500.00 this time.
It's the only way I know how to alchemize.
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:38 AM
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09/10/12 yellow brass $1.83
#1 copper $2.86
#2 copper $2.67

Winter's coming so I had to tidy up my yard. It wasn't all that bad though. The last time I brought in my #1 copper it was $1.85. Brass was $1.00.
I pulled in $4500.00 this time.
It's the only way I know how to alchemize.
WOW! Cleaned your yard and got $4500! Your yard must have looked like a disaster area!
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Old 09-19-2012, 08:14 AM
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WOW! Cleaned your yard and got $4500! Your yard must have looked like a disaster area!
It was a small stack of nylon onion bags,and three 5gal.vegetable oil pails for the brass behind my shed. It doesn't take much at today's prices.
Out of site out of mind.
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Can anyone explain the difference between #1 and #2 copper? When I do go, I tend to get a blended and I'm sure lower rate/lb. One reason is that it's all mixed in. I would do a better job of sorting if I knew better. Any help?

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Old 09-19-2012, 04:45 PM
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BB (Bare Bright) Copper: Clean stripped and shiny wire larger then pencil lead.

#1 Copper: Clean copper pipes with no solder ends on them. Natural tarnish is fine. Larger solid pieces of copper, such as thick plates or computer heat sinks.

#2 Copper: A) Striped extension cords or any stripped wire smaller than the lead of a pencil. Tin coated wire falls into this category. B) Loose motor windings that are not glued together. C) all piping that has corners or elbows still attached to them.

#3 Copper: Motor windings that are glued together.

Coated unstriped wire has it own pricing method depending on the yard, I strip all of my copper.

If your stuff is not sorted right, you will only get the lower grade of what you have, Example, if you have BB Copper in with #2, it is all #2. If not sure, just take samples to the yard and ask them, then go home and re-sort. Every yard has its own policy. They love to upgrade your stuff when you leave the yard. Thatís how they make their money. It takes a little time to get it right.

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Old 09-19-2012, 04:58 PM
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Forgot to add.

I sort all of my different types of #2 Copper into different boxes just in case the guy at the yard has a bad day and he tries to down grade something he doesnít like. If there is a problem, I ask and take the box back home and resort. It may only be 10-15Ę different per pound, but when you have hundreds of pounds, it adds up. Then after the junk yard, straight to my LCS. Rinse and repeat as they say.

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