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RZR Recycling Blog - Rantings, Ravings, and other Ruminations on the world of Scrap Metals. - Uncategorised
RZR Recycling Blog Rantings, Ravings, and other Ruminations on the world of Scrap Metals.

It's over, now what?

I heard an interesting point on politics yesterday, worth repeating. Much like our sports teams, we are conditioned to "hate" the other side during campaigns. We are given as much negative info as possible to make "our guy" look better and sway our opinion. But this way of campaigning is exactly why we are so fractured as a nation. At the end of the campaign we are told, or tell others, to heal and come back together. But why do our elected officials feel the need to destroy the other side so thoroughly that we have a hard time getting back to normal. If we wish to become more civil and avoid these scorched earth campaigns we must not fall prey to the rhetoric and instead demand that our politicians tell us why we SHOULD vote for them, not why we shouldn't vote for the other person. Only then will politics become a positive influence in our lives.
Jerry Maguire out..


In other news Copper is up big. Let's hope it continues to recover at a fast pace.

Scrap update and my final thoughts on the Election

Wednesday Oct 26th today and Copper hovering at 2.14 on the Comex market. The good news is it's up .045 from last week. The bad news is it's just as likely to lose the gains next week. There is no rhyme or reason anymore as to why copper jumps. Seems like one guy says something in passing about copper and the market goes nuts. Aluminums are up just a touch and Stainless seems to be holding at a decent price (although nowhere near what it once was). Steel is still in the gutter, yet cost of produced steel keeps rising. Serious profit taking or ancillary costs rising? Who knows, for now cardboard has more value per pound than steel...

In other news

I voted early last week. It took me longer to finish this ballot than any other one I have done in my life. I hope I made the right choices  but at the end of the day whoever wins is in for a 4 year shit show and I don't envy them. If you feel helpless or distraught at who wins just remember that all politics is local. Get more involved in your community and make a difference there. We can't control what our Federal overlords do on our behalf but we can make real and significant changes in our local communities, which will filter up to the bigger govts.

Whatever happens, we will continue to buy your scrap metals at competitive prices, and hopefully brighten your day a bit. Peace to all in the next few weeks and try to remember on Nov 9th we are still all a part of this wonderful experiment called America. Let's start the healing.


RZR Recycling


Is it over yet?

Watching the debate last night was a monumental task. The two candidates our country has picked have left all of us wondering where in the hell this country is headed. I wasn't planning on watching it as I felt it would be sh*t show on the highest level and I was correct. It truly boggles the mind that these two are the best that we can find in a nation of so many good and decent people. No matter who wins we all lose so I plan on spending the next four years with my head down concentrating on what I can do to improve my own life and the lives of my employees and clients. Hopefully in four years someone will appear to bring back some decency and class to our political system.

On a more positive note copper finally broke through the 2.20 mark. Steel is still at garbage levels.

Good luck to all of us no matter who wins. Just remember to vote and pay attention to the stuff that matters, locally. Hug your kids, be friendly to all you encounter and for pete's sake, bring me your scrap!


RZR Recycling

22380 N 20th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85027




Home Matters- Tips for everyday recycling

Now that the weather is finally cooling off, you may be looking around your house and deciding it's time to purge your house of things you don't need or want anymore. Before you throw things away or put them in the recycle bin allow me to give a quick lesson in how to make money in recycling with items from your home or office. 

The most obvious items you may have are aluminum cans and plastic bottles. You can bag these items up separately and take to your local yard for some quick cash. It takes about 28 cans to make a pound so for space saving crush the cans first. Plastic bottles are a little more effort since they don't compact nearly as well, but nonetheless they have value. Next, let's talk about some of the other items around your house that are potentially worth some cash. Do you have old extension cords lying around? Maybe some old aluminum pots and pans, or cast iron cookware? How about an old car battery? Christmas lights that are so tangled up they can no longer be used? Old computers and laptops? Surprise, all have a value at your local recycling facility! 

Going to  a scrap yard can be a bit daunting. You are not a scrap expert and may not know exactly what you have. If you bring your items to a reputable yard, they should be able to educate you on what you have and explain the reason for your pricing. Don't be afraid to ask questions and learn as much as you can about what is worth money and what isn't. You should walk out with  a better understanding of recyclables and how they can help generate a little extra income for you, not to mention helping the environment and keeping usable items out of the landfills!

Lastly, let's talk about the actual selling process. Your items will be sorted into their metal types, then graded and weighed for payment. A good facility will have the weight indicators in the open and available for you to see. You should receive an itemized receipt with your weights and per pound price so there is no confusion as to your material. You will need an ID to sell most items and there is a limit of 300.00 per transaction per day for individuals. 

At the end of the day just remember, it always pays to recycle! Do your part to help our planet and make a little money doing it. It's a win/win for everybody!

Will Ribadeneira 

RZR Recycling



News for Tuesday Sept 13 2016

Copper market today:

Currently at 2.10

Copper has been flat for the last few weeks, making incremental moves but no large shifts in either direction. I haven't seen anything to make me believe this will change any time soon

STEEL down 10.00/ton from last week's market. Steel continues to show weakness as a lack of demand worldwide keeps the pricing low. 

Aluminums relatively flat, pricing from .12 to .35 per pound in local yards


As always, if you need pricing or have any questions about your material please drop us a line at or call us at 623-869-0021

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