Scrap Metal

When we decided that we're not keeping and reusing the RV sidings we planned to sell it to a scrap metal yard. Andrew went with me to sell it and we were a bit thrown off by what we saw, seeing that this was a first time experience for both of us.

(The quality of the photos below blow. I forgot to bring a real camera and only had my phone on me. My phone camera is blah and it's dark inside the scrap yard.)

Before we headed out, I had called several different metal scrap yards and found out they pay a different price for clean and dirty metal. Clean metal was described as not having any glass, wood, screws, and staples stuck to it. Since I wanted to get the max amount of money we could I had started to clean off the siding. After cleaning one or two strips off I decided it wasn't worth the $0.20/lb difference ($0.40/lb for clean aluminum siding). It was going to take a really long time and there was other more important things I could be doing. So we decided to screw it, and we would bring all the siding to the scrap yard as it.

Since all the scrap yards were paying the same amount we went to the closet scrap yard, Asheville Metal Recycling.


I have to admit, I'm glad Andrew went with me. The scrap yard was dark, loud, and looked like bomb went off in there and cars landed on top of one another. It kind of creeped me out at first. I drove into building and onto a scale to be weighed with all the siding we were selling. I wasn't clear to what I was supposed to go after the truck was weighed, there weren't any signs or people around to help out. 


Not knowing what to do I just pulled the truck straight forward and parked it in an empty spot which happened to be right next to a guy driving a fork lift with a car on it. I finally found someone to ask where I was supposed to unload all the aluminum. He checked out the siding in the back of the truck, asked if it all looked like that (I said yes), told me that I would get the clean price for it (heck yes!) and pointed to where we should unload it.


And our RV siding found its new home next to a pile of beer and soda cans.


Then Andrew and I walked over to this lady in front of a computer with metal scraps surrounding her and asked her what we should do with the one metal rod we had to recycle.


She set the iron rod on a floor scale and pulled up a security camera picture of our truck when we drove it through the scale and pointed to this glass covered room across the way where we would get paid. Then she said that we needed to drive onto the scale again, once with the metal rod and once without the metal rod. We were in a hurry and Andrew suggested that we just give the rod to them for free, that we wouldn't make much from it anyways. We walked over to the window, the guy sitting in there rolled his chair over and asked for my driver's license. I gave him my license and told him which vehicle was mine. 


The guy did his calculations and rolled back over with cash. We were super surprised and excited when he handed me $88! Nicely done! We recycled 220 lbs of RV siding!