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    Anybody go to the dump?

    Just sittin here in the garage tearin some things apart tonight, when i thought something. Where you guys are, can you go to the dump and pick something up? I was thinkin about goin there, and seeing if they have any wire, or anything else that could be scrapped.

    Any info would be great.



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    I pick up wire and alum cans when I see them. Just today I picked up a rototiller. I wouldn't have been there, but I needed the trailer to do a pickup at the VA.

    They have signs stating no scavenging allowed. Yeah, it's much better to let it sit in a landfill till the end of time.

    This is Pickle Butte.

    I imagine you go to the Ada County dump, which I've never been to.

    Ohh btw, about 5 years ago I picked up a Coca Cola glass top cooler. Didn't work, but still had a cool factor. Used it on the patio for BBQ's. Filled it with ice and drinks. Ended up selling it for 100 bucks a few years later. One of the guys even helped load it, but said if his boss says anything, he wasn't there.
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    Also they have a scrap pile. I leave that alone as they obviously are going to recycle it. The stuff I get is stuff that would be dozed over minutes after I leave.

    Just think about how much copper, alum, steel, etc is in the landfills all across the US and around the world. Sickening.

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    Hmm. I been to the Pickle Butte dump once. Talk about in the freakin HICK STICKS. I thought about scavenging a bit when i was there, but i was the only one there, and all the employees looked just bored enough to get me haha.

    Yeah, i go to the hidden springs dump. Pickle Butte is WAYYYYYYYYY out there. Plus you have to be a Canyon County resident to go there i think.

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    My dump has dumpsters they put metal in. They don't allow people to scavenge or even get out of their vehicles to do more than unload
    There's nothing more fun and more effective than hitting something repeatedly with a sledgehammer

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheHoss View Post
    Just sittin here in the garage tearin some things apart tonight, when i thought something. Where you guys are, can you go to the dump and pick something up? I was thinkin about goin there, and seeing if they have any wire, or anything else that could be scrapped.
    I've had this very thought, possibly even in the same garage setting. After I investigated, I found out that it would be impossible, as the landfill restricts removal, has gate guards etc so there would be no way out getting out with any weight.

    I also know that the city scraps from the landfill.

    I had great dreams of parking my trailer there, loading up and taking to the scrap yard..All day, every day...but no.

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    I have 2 landfills within a half hour of me. No picking allowed at either one. One of them does separate scrap to sell for profit. I don't know what the other one does with their metal.

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    Well thanks for all the replies, haha.

    Talk about poppin a dang bubble. As is life.

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    Know what kills me TheHoss?

    On several occasions, as I am leaving the dump, I see someone coming in with a dryer, washer, what have you. If they came out of Nampa, they likely had to pass at least one scrap yard, if not 2-3 yards.

    Drop it off in town, make a few bucks, or drive allll the way out to Pickle Butte, spend gas money AND pay for the "privilege" to dump metal. Granted they have actual trash as well, but you get what I am saying.

    People are odd.

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    There are 3 little towns around where I live out in the sticks and they let me take whatever I want, best haul was 90lbs of copper one day, house demo. I have also talked to the mayors and I have dibs on the condemned houses, just have to wait till they are slated for demo then I go in a week or 2 before and gut the plumbing, there is usually 50-150 lbs in a house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MilitiaMetals View Post
    There are 3 little towns around where I live out in the sticks and they let me take whatever I want, best haul was 90lbs of copper one day, house demo. I have also talked to the mayors and I have dibs on the condemned houses, just have to wait till they are slated for demo then I go in a week or 2 before and gut the plumbing, there is usually 50-150 lbs in a house.
    .......and then I woke up! Nice.

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    Ya it rocks, and I know EVERYONE around here for a 50 mile radius and there are so many old abandoned farm houses and old vehicles taking up space everywhere, just the other day I went to a farm yard, and the old guy gave me a tractor radiator, weighed 85lbs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got $1.70 a pound for that baby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MilitiaMetals View Post
    Ya it rocks, and I know EVERYONE around here for a 50 mile radius and there are so many old abandoned farm houses and old vehicles taking up space everywhere, just the other day I went to a farm yard, and the old guy gave me a tractor radiator, weighed 85lbs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got $1.70 a pound for that baby!
    Did you cut the steel off it? Sounds like you just hauled it in as is and got what we'd call "Unprepared Radiator" price.
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    Our dump along with most around here frown upon pickers. Most have a free section of items that are still useful but that's about all you'll get. They recycle everything and the money goes back into the towns budget. All the employees pick on the side taking copper, motors, or anything else of value.

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    Ya I cut the steel off, that there best price I can get withing a 200 mile radius frome where I live, how much do you guys get?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick View Post
    Did you cut the steel off it? Sounds like you just hauled it in as is and got what we'd call "Unprepared Radiator" price.
    1.70 sounds like a clean price to me. I just got 1.40 by me the other day for clean. What would it bring with the steel still attached? I have never taken them in without being "clean".

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    Quote Originally Posted by parrothead View Post
    1.70 sounds like a clean price to me. I just got 1.40 by me the other day for clean. What would it bring with the steel still attached? I have never taken them in without being "clean".
    Yeah, my mistake. I just checked and the last price I've got is $1.75. When I read that, I was thinking $1.70 seemed awful low for prepared radiators. I had just hauled in several a couple weeks ago as part of a load, too, so I guess it shows how much attention I paid.

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    It's nice to know that your prices are comparable to Canada's if not, the same.

    I just had a sweet day today! I went to my hometown to help my dad take trees and garbage to the dump.

    I got 25lbs of copper, 15lbs, brass, 50lbs of Aluminum, and one gigantic catalytic converter!

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    One option to think about is how does the landfill take scrap in. Do they weigh it and charge based on the weight? Some folks wait outside the entrances of landfills like this and have a sign saying they will take the appliances for free, that way the consumer does not have to pay for that bit of weight when dumping. Something to think about.

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    Landfill near me "eyeballs" a price. No scale or anything like that. Might have set prices for certain things, or a flat rate, I don't know for sure. I always use a dumpster, somewhere. All goes to the same place anyways.


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