On Sunday, May 4, 2014 8:17:06 PM UTC-4, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Yes, same here. I was surprised when I put out some
old sheet metal that was part of my old furnace. I
put it out ahead of the bulk pickup by the township,
when they would take it. Before they got there, some
guy was loading it into his truck.
Around this area, if you put an old CRT TV/monitor on the curb, it will
be smashed by bipedal metal termites in order to get the copper
deflection coil. The insects leave a big mess scattered all over the
front yard of the home. To bad the only effective insecticide for them
will get you arrested if you make effective use of it. ^_^
Use the rotors to make dumbbell weights for exercising your muscles. The
old pads can be used to make heat resistant inserts for your bench vice
to hold items that will be subjected to the open flame of a torch.
That's what I just came up with. I'm sure with a little thought I could
come up with something else. I am thinking about how old brake pads
could be used as guides for metal parts that slide to protect the rest
of some structure or assembly. Old rotors are good for holding down
tarps too or anything that needs some weight to prevent wind from
blowing it away or to weight something down that you are gluing. ^_^
I'll normally trash the pads and take the rotors down to any muffler
shop to be added to their scrap steel pile. Garages will normally
collect stuff like old engine oil and scrap steel and sell it to oil
recyclers and scrap metal dealers.
With scrap steel at $140 per ton, even a 20 pound rotor will only fetch
$1.40 as scrap metal, or less than $3 for both of them. A scrap metal
collector is gonna burn more in gasoline coming to get those rotors than
they're worth to him. So, the thing that makes the most sense to me is
to throw them in someone else's scrap steel pile, and every muffler shop
has one of those. I'd rather see that steel recycled than toss it in
the trash so that it rusts away in the land fill site.
That's really stupid for such a small amount as a few brake rotors. Scrap steel goes for about
US $220 per short ton, or eleven cents a pound.
I'd need to recycle at least 20 pounds of steel just to pay for the fuel to drive to the nearest
recycler and back. It makes more sense to throw it away.
Stupid? Last time when I took patio frames, broken this and that,
I was just happy to get rid of it. But they paid couple bucks.
Big scrap yard and electronics recycle depot is not far from me.
With that money I dropped by next door recycle depot, bought 2 Fujitsu
SCSI 500GB SCA drives for 10.00 each. I had to add 15.00 to make
20.00. You drive tank talking about fuel cost?, LOL.
Old Japanese saying, You can laugh at penny, you can also cry for penny.
Around here it is not the scrap-yards, It's the "urban miners" that
pick up just about anything with ANY metal in it. Usually a tough
looking pickup truck or shaggy car with a scrappy looking trailer and
one or 2 unsavoury looking characters. The beggars have even taken my
metal garbage bins - I chased the one guy down and threatened to call
And I live in a pretty good part of town.
I suspect that even in nice residential neighborhoods there are people that
cruise the streets in the early AM before the trashmen run their route to
look for goodies. They certainly do it around here. I am up late often
and I see people slowing down and picking through my neighbor's trash (she
throws out nearly new stuff quite often - it's where I rescued a perfectly
good cross-cut shredder that just needed some WD-40 and motor oil to revive
it). They always seem to make the rounds a few hours before normal trash
One thing that *doesn't* disappear anymore is old CRT TV's so they do have
*some* standards. Someone came by late in the summer walking his dog and
began to root through her trash pile and when he found something he liked (a
faux antique washstand made out of pressboard) he asked me to "hold it" for
him until he got his pickup truck! I politely told him I was going inside
right away to so something "important" and I wouldn't be watching it but
that I didn't expect it to go anywhere.
I might have been more helpful had I not recognized him as someone that
often let his dog poop on my lawn!!!!!! Yeah, I'll be "holding that" for
Well, I got all of the answers I thought I would. The deal is this:
I put the rotors out with the trash last week. I leaned the rotors up
against the recycling bin, so whoever wanted them could take them: the
trash pickers, the recycling guys, the trash guys.
When I came home from work the rotors were lying on the ground next to the
empty trash can and recycling bins.
This week I'll put them _in_ the recycling bin and see what happens.
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