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    Disposal of by-products (non-hazardous)

    I've started curb shopping more, and while I know what to do with the metal components of what I get ($$), I seem to have underestimated the bulk of plastic and other non-scrappable parts. Also there are some things that turn out to be too difficult or not worth my time to break down. I have about 50% of a 3 bedroom apartment I use as workspace and storage, but I only have 1 garbage can, and it's going to fill up quickly with large junk pieces. Would there be a place I can take all this non-metal junk for free or cheap, or would I have to resort to buying another garbage can (I would have to buy it from the city.. not cheap)? One thing that takes up alot of space is plastic left over from TVs and printers.. is that worth any money if I save up a large amount?



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    its worth checking local for free drop offs for recycling but if your like me there is nothing close for people to come or go there is to costly and not enough space to bail and save enough to ship out I toss out 10-15,000lbs of mixed plastic most computer plastic abs style and it sounds like a lot but its very little most companies I have talked to wont even come pick it up until I reach 40kplus. also see if your yard buys printers and such for shred it will get rid of it for you even if you take a hit on profits not breaking them down do a cost analysis and see if it works that way for at least some

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    Usually each town of decent size has a dump....check with them about putting unwanted items there....sadly we want to recycle everything but most of us cannot afford to meet demands of larger companies on plastic

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    Ridged plastics can go in our household blue recycling bin here. I fill mine up a lot! Also a place that takes ABS for free. Hopefully you find someplace to get rid of this waste that wont cost you much...

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    Looks like you can also! https://louisvilleky.gov/file/louisv...gguidefinalpdf look at #7 DVD's, Ipods computer cases...

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    It seems to me real"environmentalists" would pay more attention to these type of solutions then to..... let's say the Snaledarter a small insignificant minnow sized fish that eventually partially led to the Ca. drought we have today.

    One thing these bleeding hearts constantly over look or don't care about is the un intended consequences. " For every significant achievement, there must be sacrifice" I don't know who said it but I'm sure someone with a little common sense did. mcw
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    We can recycle just about everything.
    money and energy being the two big "problems" and the byproduct of recycling some items also need there own set of guidelines or it does more harm than good.
    towns and cities can handle plastics glass and wood easily enough..for a price either direct or tucked into your taxes.
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    The plastic that we generate from scraping adds up in no time. Should be part of any scrappers overall plan, a scrapper needs to be concerned and responsible for the waste we generate. It's not just about the cash, you need to know about the trash too!

    All of our plastic goes into our 93 gallon curbside recycling can at the house or a "white" four yard recycling dumpster at work. I'm not sure what "Louisville" in the USA you are located in. Like "Hobo" Who provided you with a excellent reference for plastics guidelines for the city of Louisville, Kentucky. That city has a good curbside recycling program, they do have a recycling program for your plastics and other recyclables (that you don't sell). Have you called your trash service? Even if the curbside recycling is not a option for you, you still have options. That city has 18 free drop-off recycling centers. Four staffed drop-off centers opened 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays. The unstaffed drop-off centers are opened 24 hours a day, you just put it in the dumpster. Pretty simple, reasonable, easy to dispose of a scrappers "By-Products", if you live in the city of Louisville, Kentucky.

    Keep us posted to your findings and good scrapping to you.
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    Those "free" (can you say 60 billion in debt) options are3 not open to many of us, To me it is a direct cost and the resent drop in all metal prices makes my model un profitable. I am not subsidized by others tax money. We need to come up with a solution to this problem for all or "save the whale is just a pipe dream". I'm not being critical here or argumentative just looking for a solution to a big problem.

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    I figure the 100's of thousands of pounds I divert from landfills each year makes up for the few pounds that may go into a landfill......That's just the way it is

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigburtchino View Post
    The plastic that we generate from scraping adds up in no time. Should be part of any scrappers overall plan, a scrapper needs to be concerned and responsible for the waste we generate. It's not just about the cash, you need to know about the trash too!

    All of our plastic goes into our 93 gallon curbside recycling can at the house or a "white" four yard recycling dumpster at work. I'm not sure what "Louisville" in the USA you are located in. Like "Hobo" Who provided you with a excellent reference for plastics guidelines for the city of Louisville, Kentucky. That city has a good curbside recycling program, they do have a recycling program for your plastics and other recyclables (that you don't sell). Have you called your trash service? Even if the curbside recycling is not a option for you, you still have options. That city has 18 free drop-off recycling centers. Four staffed drop-off centers opened 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays. The unstaffed drop-off centers are opened 24 hours a day, you just put it in the dumpster. Pretty simple, reasonable, easy to dispose of a scrappers "By-Products", if you live in the city of Louisville, Kentucky.

    Keep us posted to your findings and good scrapping to you.
    I respect you 100% Burt but here is the way it is for me........I will not pay to have plastics recycled when I can dump for free (I know its rolled into my taxes)......Look at it this way.......Do I get my kids what they need (shoes, clothes, food, etc.) or do I take the small amount of profit I make each month and try to save the world...........For me it's a no-brainer......Recycle everything possible then move on to the next load

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    Olddude - Yes I agree with you there is a lot of tax payer subsidy in recycling programs. Should there be? I think it's better than it being illegally dumped along roadsides, alley's, public and private property. I pay for my curbside recycling program at my house, my trash for my home is more than my water (now trash a little over $50 a month). We also pay for recycling dumpsters at work, they do cost much less than regular dumpsters. The only tax payer paying here is me!

    I also pay for illegally dumped trash, we scrap what we can, recycle what we can, re-purpose what we can, sell what we can and then sort what's left - Compost the green waste what we can, any plastic, paper or glass goes to municipal recycling system (I help pay for), that get's processed recycled some more. We put very little trash into the waste stream, have cut my waste bill overall and the amount of trash by almost 50% (my goal is 90%).

    Yes there's a lot of tax payers subsidizing to dispose of "Other's" trash, so are a lot of private property owners. We need to do it are we will live and work with trash/waste piled up around us. Do we really have a choice?

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    Mike I'm 100% in agreement with you, family is always priority. We do what we can, sounds to me you have a plan and a method for proper disposal of your generated scrap waste. We are all paying taxes, to do a lot of things we don't always agree with.

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    Going to get worse I think. What happens when no one wants the recycled product? Think a plastic water bottle its worth a $.05 deposit in Cali, what happens when no one wants to pay to recycle (buy) them? They were never worth 5 cents each but there was a buyer for the product. Yes you paid your nickel and got it back but someone also wanted this trash and paid for it. When no one is buying it will they still charge you a deposit?

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    yes we have a sales tax here......9.25%......I actually think its a good deal........You really never miss the money and things here are not that bad........Cost of living is low, plenty of programs provided by city etc.......I pay utilities and mortgage on a house with a yard what someone in NEW YORK city would pay for a closet........LOL........Either way good topic just check with your local GOV't to see what recycling programs are available

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    It'll depend on the area. In Wyoming, I can tell you that you're going to the landfill. Unless you want to truck plastic over 500 miles, that is....

    You have to do what's best in your situation. For me, that means the dumpster where I work gets some of the plastic....
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    I've been looking for 2 years now to find a facility that will take my plastic but no one wants it. So I bring home 1500 pounds of phone and computer systems that was going to get thrown in the dumpster and everything is recycled except for 400 pounds of plastic. Do I feel bad about throwing 400 pounds of plastic back in the dumpster? No I do not. It was going there anyway. The way I look at it is I saved 1100 pounds from going to the landfill.

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    jimicrk - You did everything you could do, you diverted a large amount away from the waste stream. You scrapped and recycled what you could. What was left over you did the responsible thing, put the 400 pounds of plastic where it was already going, a dumpster. You didn't toss it just anywhere! You also keep looking for a plastic recycling outlet, you keep looking for a better way! Exactly how it should be done.

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    try looking up companies that may buy plastic or take it for free, I have a scrap yard one hour away from me that used to pay 0.01 per pounds for ABS plastic but now they take it for free.

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    A few answers..

    1. Yes it the Louisville of Kentucky.. the biggest and best Louisville.
    2. I actually live just across the river from it, in Indiana, and there is bridge construction, so I would have to sit an hour in traffic to get to those recycling drop-offs. I will look for some in my area.
    3. I don't care if it's recycled or not (my apartment doesnt have recycling bins anyways). I just want to know the best way to dispose of it without breaking any laws or pissing people off. Same with dumpster diving.


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