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

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: 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


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


Scrap- Where have you gone?

Random thoughts on this Veterans Day- Thank you to all service men and women for all you have sacrificed.

Having been in this business for several years I always find it strange when the scrap materials seems to dry up. I know more people do it for the money than for the goodwill of a cleaner planet but just because pricing is down shouldn't mean that the material stops flowing. Unless you are a large company with deep pockets or a large empty warehouse, you need to remove the waste materials from your location. I guess I am just wondering if people are simply throwing it away or attempting to hoard for a better payday? 

In good times and bad, I still maintain the basic premise of my business model. Buy, sell, repeat. I am not a commodities broker, I am a scrap dealer. Do I hold on to some things hoping for a better number? Occasionally, but it usually bites me in the ass. I have learned to sell what I have, buy more and sell again, locking in whatever profit I can and move forward. I wish the general public did the same. But the last few months have seen a drastic reduction in the amount of scrap coming through the doors. Steel I get, it's bulky and hard to load. The current market makes it unattractive to deal with. But throwing it away costs money as well so I guess I don't get the thinking process. Copper still pays, even if it is less than a year ago, or even a few months ago. 

At the end of the day I am fortunate enough to have a steady commercial clientele that keeps me afloat as we wait out these current conditions. At some point the markets will improve and I will be ready for the onslaught of scrap metals coming in. I just wish that day was today, as do we all I am sure. Until then, we fight to get every piece of material we can and maximize the return as best we can. I'll be here tomorrow, and every day until I decide I don't want to do it anymore. Low markets aren't going to make me quit, that's for damn sure!

On a completely unrelated note, it was a beautiful day in Phoenix today and at least I wasn't sitting in a cubicle somewhere being miserable. I was able to be outside and enjoy paradise, so I have that going for me. Which is nice.


"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive."

Elbert Hubbard



Random thoughts on Scrap and anything else I can think of- RZR Recycling

So today starts my adventures into the world of blogging. Let me first start off by saying that I am not a great writer, nor am I particularly funny. I will have spelling errors and some things I will say will most likely offend someone.

Ok now that that's out of the way let's get started! The scrap world is in upheaval right now, with pricing lower than we have seen since 2009. What does this mean? Well, the obvious answer is less money for your items, more frustration as yards clamp down on extraneous materials that have no real value or are too hard to clean up. The flip side is that our yards are hungry for material and will probably treat you better than we ever have before. Well, not RZR Recycling since our level of service is constantly top notch ( shameless plug I know). 

Seriously though, steel is as close to actual garbage as possible. If it continues its downtrend there may be no payment or outright refusal of steel to the yards. The forecast is bleak and value is expected to stay low for some time. 

Copper continues its dance, going up and down by the day. With winter coming we may see some larger drops and of course, angry clients as a result. So how do you avoid the devaluation of your materials? By bringing them in now while prices are relatively decent! Don't be the guy who who waits and waits only to find out he missed the boat. Always better to sell and lock in profit rather than hold and pray.

Anyway, I know it sounds like doom and gloom but just remember everything that goes down must come up. Well, except for crashed planes and my wife's patience level, but that's a blog for another day.

Enjoy your day and get scrapping, our children's futures depend on it!


RZR Recycling 

"Life is not about how you survive the storm, it's about how you dance in the rain."  


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