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

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.

Will

RZR Recycling

www.rzrrecycling.com

 

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!

Will

RZR Recycling

22380 N 20th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85027

623-869-0021

www.rzrrecycling.com

 

 

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

623-869-0021

will@rzrmechanical.com

www.rzrrecycling.com

 

News for Tuesday Sept 13 2016

Copper market today: http://thestockmarketwatch.com/FuturesDaily/quotes/quote.aspx?qmdirect=1&symbol=%2fHG%3aCMX

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 will@rzrmechanical.com or call us at 623-869-0021

Aluminum cans and and the pain that goes with them

Well as a few of you may know, I am not a big fan of the current Aluminum can process. Thanks to California having been quite lax in their CRV policy, can values have been overinflated for several years. This is due to the fact that a small group of individuals figured out that by buying cans in Arizona and selling them in California, they can make some serious coin getting the CRV value without having first paid the CRV deposit. What this has meant to us in AZ is a price for recycled cans that has been more than double their actual scrap value. 

"Why does this matter to me?" you may ask? It matters because Cali has finally started making it very difficult to sell the cans in bulk and has gone so far as to charge a few companies with fraud for knowingly buying cans not originating in Cali, costing them millions in fines and possible jail time. Locally, it means the death knell for high can prices as the can people get diminished returns on their nefarious enterprise. It means a return to a true value which most people will not like and will most likely cause a massive slowdown in cans being recycled. Much like with steel, once the value hits a certain low point, people don't bother recycling. This is bad news for both the recycling industry in AZ and the environment. Cans are a "gateway product" that gets people in our yards, where they then learn about all the other items we purchase. In addition, the more things we recycle, the less that ends up in a landfill and that alone should be enough reason to do it. 

Anyway, one of two things needs to happen: We institute a CRV program here in AZ, or we educate people on the benefits beyond money for recycling. Since I have little hope in our govt adding a CRV program here, I will continue to preach from my little pulpit here and beg you all to continue recycling, even if the payout isn't as good as it once was. You are not only helping small businesses like RZR Recycling, you are helping to slow down our use of natural resources. So please accept the fact that cans are not as valuable as you thought, and recycle for the good of humanity, as well as your pocket.

One last thing, KEEP THE DARN TABS ON THE CAN! They hold no special value, no matter what your cousin says. If you can find a place that pays 100.00 for a milk jug of tabs send me a message, I'd love to get in on it! 

All my best,

Will Ribadeneira

RZR Recycling 

22380 n 20th Ave, Phoenix AZ 85027

623-869-0021

Open 7:30 to 4:30 Monday to Friday, 7:30 to 12:00 Saturdays

www.rzrrecycling.com

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