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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Passing thru Sea Bright today all I saw was tons of water heaters, washer, dryers and tons of metal items. I always see guys with pick up trucks pick those things up... My question is are there codes in these towns that don't allow them to pick up?

I'm not a junk collector just wondering who's going to cash in on all that metal.
post #2 of 18

On LBI the towns are taking all the metal collecting it and taking it and cashing it.They were vehicles leaving the island to make sure no on was visiting and taking any out with them. I think you could take your own but most are just putting them out for trash.

post #3 of 18
same in Seasides. Town trying to recoup some of the cost
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
Makes sense... They're going to need all the help they can get
post #5 of 18
Last I heard was 8 cents a pound. Probably not even worth it for the average scrap guy.
post #6 of 18
I watched a pick up on my street the other morning come by and pick up some appliances. I tossed my cast iron boiler on the curb...probably weighed over 200 with the the burners and circ pump. I'm not going to break my back for pennies...there is money to be made collecting trash...if you don't care that the neighbors see you as a garbage picker. I'm tossing everything except for copper. Seemed like the same bulk cleanup crew brought their trucks in to collect the appliances..
post #7 of 18
I hear some towns have the residents making signs to put on garbage piles saying don't take my garbage.
post #8 of 18
I watched two women yesterday through my front window pluck my pots and pans from the pile of debris. Looked like they were going to salvage them for personal use from the way they were cherry picking. Granted they were old kitchen aid non-stick pans that got submerged and i rarely used em anyway. I tossed a ton of stuff that i really have no use for and don't want to bother storing until the first floor is rebuilt.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by chunk View Post

I hear some towns have the residents making signs to put on garbage piles saying don't take my garbage.

In some cases, the insurance company tells them not to throw anything out until an adjuster shows up, so I have seen "Do not take, waiting for insurance" signs on those piles.

My adjuster said to take pictures and toss things out (with the exception to save a piece of any rugs I needed to remove).
post #10 of 18
Pricing from a guy in New Egypt,

post #11 of 18
Scrapping is tough work. All the more power to them if they want to try to make a few bucks. At least the stuff won't end up in the dump. But there's a fine line between garbage picking and looting. Alot of towns banned scrapping because people start at the curb and then it's a few steps more to going through someone's house that's been damaged and taking stuff. Police were having a hard time figuring out who was doing what, so they banned the pickers.
post #12 of 18

a few bucks...?  i know people that made $2500.00 over the course of 1 wknd!  and did not loot or steal.

post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by Fly By Nite View Post

I watched a pick up on my street the other morning come by and pick up some appliances. I tossed my cast iron boiler on the curb...probably weighed over 200 with the the burners and circ pump. I'm not going to break my back for pennies...there is money to be made collecting trash...if you don't care that the neighbors see you as a garbage picker. I'm tossing everything except for copper. Seemed like the same bulk cleanup crew brought their trucks in to collect the appliances..

I scrapped metal for a good year and made a living doing it. I used to remove boilers out of apartment buildings in Newark and whatever other metals i could find in those basements. If your willing to get your hands dirty and do some heavy lifting, there's PLENTY of money to be made. $1000 days were not uncommon (split 2 ways). I could understand a home owner throwing away a small boiler or water heater because honestly it wouldn't be worth it to bring just that to the scrap yard. Think about it, if there wasn't money to be made in the scrap business, there wouldn't be scrap yards all over the place and you wouldn't see the guys with pickup trucks filled with scrap all over.
post #14 of 18
a guy went dumpster diving in front of my house on Sunday for random metal items - didn't really bother me - he had his 5 yr old daughter in the front seat - whatever works for "whoever" and as long as they aren't stealing - made some room in there for more of my items
post #15 of 18
Two guys stopped in front of my house and picked up a 9" Grizzly bandsaw, a Delta belt/disk sander, and a Delta scroll saw. I was happy that they are going to get some money for it. I have a bench grinder, a Delta Midi & 42" Jet lathe and a 14" Grizzly bandsaw, I took the guys card and will call him to take that out of here too. It has no use to me, as stated I have no way to get to a scrap yard and if I make $100 it will be a lot. If anyone here is near Staten Island and scraps you are welcome to the stuff I have (I have no clue if it's even worth anything they are mostly cast iron but it's a few hundred pounds).
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