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Thread: What Qualifies As "Shred"?

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    What Qualifies As "Shred"?

    I have been using the "search function" everyway I can think of to find a definition for "shred".

    Some posts it seems to be small miscellaneous steel. Other times it seems to be just about anything metal you can sweep off the floor. Then I saw someone mention that after pulling anything of value off, they put their brown low grade e waste in with their shred. Does this really work? Selling fiber board as metal? Now I am back to confused as to what "shred" is.

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    I think it depens on the scrap yard,the yards I use all steel is shred and they don't want circuit boards. Some yards only sertain steel is called shred and some yards it's ok to throw circuit boards in with shred. I'm not an expert but this is the way I understand it, I may be wrong.

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    My yard will pull circuit boards out if the see them, but why let them go for .14 when brown boards fetch .20? Every penny counts right? they won't take small items like nails,screws,nuts and bolts either etc. 99.9% of the time, if a magnet sticks to it, It's shred.

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    I've put quite a bit of plastic in with the shred...make sure there is some metal attached though...I cannot throw my boards in though..asked them n they said no..its not like they r really examing what I'm chucking out so I figure a little plastic is ok..no problem with small nuts n bolts..I probably bring in 50 lbs every 2 weeks..

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    Shred is thinner steel smaller than 1/4" thick. Like mop handles, bike frames, air ducts, ect. If its thicker, you get into the heavy melt, Prepaired and un-prepaired steel and structural steel.

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    For me, anything magnetic. I don't get alot of heavy duty metals like greytruck described. For me I fill up 5 gal pails with small stuff, and just dump them in the pile...nuts, bolts, etc. Guys have seen me and never said anything. Or to make it easier I find something to fill up....filing cabinet, microwave casings, etc. Then no dumping. Whole pile gets thrown off.

    Also, grills, bicycles (basing the frame isn't aluminum) computer cases, futon frames...

    If it has a small piece of something non-metal stuck to it they don't care. I had a shelving unit that had wood braces and a chunk of wood paneling on the back. Right in the pile. But you can't just fill up a washing machine drum with wood or plastic and expect them to take it

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    At the yards I go to it all goes in as sheet iron. They will take items that have some plastic or wood no problem. They will not take box springs with the wood on them, bikes with tires on them, plastic tub dishwashers. They do seperate out some iron but don't pay more for it than sheet iron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greytruck View Post
    Shred is thinner steel smaller than 1/4" thick. Like mop handles, bike frames, air ducts, ect. If its thicker, you get into the heavy melt, Prepaired and un-prepaired steel and structural steel.
    I guess I'm lucky. At my local yard shred (tin) is thinner than 1/8" and currently is 0.09/lb. 1/8" and thicker is considered unprepped and goes for 0.135/lb.
    If it wasn't for the $ in $crap, it would just be.....


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