Selling scrap metal, copper, ect?

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Old 03-12-06, 08:57 PM
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Selling scrap metal, copper, ect?

I did some cleaning around the barns and the place this weekend and I got a trailer full of old scrap iron, tractor parts, aluminun. a little copper ect. Anyway, I've never sold scrap before and just wondered what the rules were and maybe secret or two that would be helpful?

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Old 03-12-06, 10:44 PM
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Be prepared for questions and a geiger counter. Alot of people are stealing metal and selling it, so the buyers have to be careful. I just had a friend at the scrapyard last week, and a guy brought in a trailer full. the owner came out with a geiger counter and the whole load was radioactive with a couple pieces very "hot". he explained that he thought it looked like oil field metal and that is usually radioactive. never knew that. If you can have them sorted into (more or less) piles of similar metal it might be quicker. they should unload it and weigh it.
 
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Old 03-13-06, 03:59 AM
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I'll ditto the suggestion to separate the material.
Copper here is worth between $2.00 and $3.00 per pound.
Steel is sold by the ton and takes a pretty good load to get any real money.

Metal recycling link.
Copper prices

The above link is just an example. The copper prices look low.
There is way more money paid for copper wire if you strip the insulation and separate the types of copper as well.
Separate your material and get an aproximate weight for each type. If you then phone a recycler they should be able to tell you what they will pay for each metal

Let us know what you get.
 
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Old 03-13-06, 04:06 AM
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A guy around here got caught trying to scrap sewer lids. What a dunce.
 
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Originally Posted by jim123
I did some cleaning around the barns and the place this weekend and I got a trailer full of old scrap iron, tractor parts, aluminun. a little copper ect. Anyway, I've never sold scrap before and just wondered what the rules were and maybe secret or two that would be helpful?

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Jim123
keep it seperated, cooper is more than al which is more costly than scrap iron
 
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