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I recycle for cash, on and off, and here are somethings I have learned:

- If magnets don't stick to the metal, it is likely cashable.

- Light steel generally isn't worth anything, though if you bring
it to the scrap yard they will generally take it free.

- Cast iron with bring a few cents a pound (the stuff used until
recently in all natural gas lines) 5 cents pound.

- Air Conditioner heat exchangers (copper and aluminum). You will
get more each if you sawzall off the steel brackets at each end. There are
ethical issues associated with this one...you really shouldn't let
the CFC's in the AC into the environment, but I haven't found an easy
way to get someone to suck them out for cheap. 40-50 cents pound.

- Vehicle and Auto radiators (aluminum [copper?]) 40-50 cents pound.

- Copper wire. You all have talked about stripping before. The difference
is remarkable. You can get 12 cents a pound for unstripped, and closer
to 60 cents a pound stripped. If you are in front of the television,
or on the back porch drinking beer anyway, strip away.

- In places where you have to privately contract to get your own trash
hauled away, recycling becomes a much more economical issue because you
would need to pay extra to get rid of for any items which don't fit
into your trash can limit.

- For a spot check to be sure you are getting a decent amount from your
scrap man, check the sample issue offered by The Scrap Post at
http://www.thescrappost.com/services/sampleweb.PDF. It is a month old,
but its close enough.

- If you are really interested, there are certain types of computer
equipment, esp. older stuff which have even more valuable metals in
them, including platinum, gold, and silver. Older mainframes are
prime candidates, but there are other systems as well.

Happy Hunting
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