Scrap is a term used to describe recyclable materials left over
from every manner of product consumption, such as parts of vehicles,
building supplies, and surplus materials. Often confused with waste,
scrap in fact has significant monetary value. Overall,
the scrap industry processes more than 145,000,000 short tons
(129,464,286 long tons; 131,541,787 t)[original research?] of
recyclable material each year into raw material feedstock for
industrial manufacturing around the world. In 2007 the United States’
exported over 10 billion dollars worth of scrap steel.
Role in the American economy
The scrap industry contributed billion in 2006 and is one of
the few contributing positively to the U.S. balance of trade,
exporting .7 billion in scrap commodities in 2006.
This imbalance of trade has resulted in rising scrap prices
during 2007 and 2008 within the United States.
Scrap recycling also helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions
and conserves energy and natural resources. For example,
scrap recycling diverts 145,000,000 short tons (129,464,286 long tons; 131,541,787 t)
of materials away from landfills. Recycled scrap is a raw material feedstock
for 2 out of 3 pounds of steel made in the U.S., for 60% of the metals and alloys
produced in the U.S.,ddd for more than 50% of the U.S. paper industry’s needs,
and for 33% of U.S. aluminum. Recycled scrap helps keep air and water cleaner by
removing potentially hazardous materials and keeping them out of landfills.
Scrap is often taken to a wrecking yard (also known as a scrapyard,
junkyard, or breaker’s yard), where it is processed for later melting into new products.
A wrecking yard, depending on its location, may allow customers to browse their lot and
purchase items before they are sent to the smelters although many scrap yards that deal
in large quantities of scrap usually do not, often selling entire units such as engines
or machinery by weight with no regard to their functional status. Customers are typically
required to supply all of their own tools and labor to extract parts, and some scrapyards
may first require waiving liability for personal injury before entering. Many scrapyards
also sell bulk metals (stainless steel, etc) by weight, often at prices substantially
below the retail purchasing costs of similar pieces.
In contrast to wreckers, scrapyards typically sell everything by weight, rather than by item.
To the scrapyard, the primary value of the scrap is what the smelter will give them for it,
rather than the value of whatever shape the metal may be in. An auto wrecker, on the other hand
, would price the exact same scrap based on what the item does, regardless of what it weighs.
Typically, if a wrecker cannot sell something above the value of the metal in it,
they would then take it to the scrapyard and sell it by weight. Equipment containing parts
of various metals can often be purchased at a price below that of either of the metals,
As an example, a
scrapyard in Arcata, California sells automobile engines for .25 per pound,
while aluminum, of which the engine is mostly made, sells for .25 per pound.
Scrap prices are reported in a handful of U.S. publications, including American Metal Market,
based on confirmed sales.
Great potential exists in the scrap metal industry for accidents in which a
hazardous material which is present in scrap causes death, injury or environmental damage.
A classic example is radioactivity in scrap; see the Goiânia accident for an example of
an accident involving radioactive material which entered the scrap metal industry
and some details of the behavior of contaminating chemical elements in metal smelters.
The general nature of many of the tools used in scrapyards such as Alligator shear,
which cut metal using hydraulics give themselves the need for safety.
Auto Repair Shop
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Look For The Reputable Review Sources – There are sources online that monitor the review process and make sure that all of the reviews are legitimate and honest. These review sources usually require a paid membership fee.
These fees are usually very small and pay themselves off over and over if you do make use of the service. You can save money and time by researching auto repair shops before you take your car in. That way you can be sure that you are using a shop that will be honest in their work and charge you only reasonable fees.
Start With a Small Repair Job – If you can, if you have a repair that can wait, see if the shop will do a small job for you first, just to try out their service. If you need a new radiator, maybe start by having them do an oil change first and see how you feel about their service then.
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Auto Resources best answer:
Answer by theclearanceguy
I would suggest doing a google on New Jersey Free Classifieds
Off the top of my head :
NJville.com – Great New Jersey Resource – Free NJ Classifieds.
Myspace.com – Kinda local – they have a classified section for NYC area but many NJ posting going on in there.
Friendster.com – They have a local classified board as well.